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Hatching Brine Shrimp

Mastering a simple time-tested technique can send you on your way to successfully raising this important fish food.

By Mike Hellweg |

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The incredible amount of energy packed into brine shrimp makes them the single most important food item in the worldwide tropical fish industry. Without them, we likely would not have the aquaculture industry that we have today. Almost every fish farm and nearly every home fish breeder uses newly hatched brine shrimp to help get their larval fish to a good start. Newly hatched brine shrimp are often the difference between success and failure with raising fish larvae, known in the aquarium hobby as “fry.”

While some aquarists inexplicably dispute their usefulness, the simple fact is that newly hatched brine shrimp have been used successfully by many generations of fish breeders for the past 80 years. The aquaculture industry uses tons of brine shrimp eggs every year. This would be a waste of time and money if it didn’t work. The fact is that feeding newly hatched brine shrimp to fish works.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the December 2010 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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