Artemia, or Brine shrimp is a small crustacean that lives in water and can tolerate low to very high salinity. It is not found in the ocean, as it is a desirable food source for too many oceanic predators. It is found in estuaries and inland seas with high salinity.
In aquariums it is often used to feed very small fish, often during the breeding cycles. It is considered an easy to produce at home live food source.
My first attempt to grow artemia did not bo badly, but I used a very specific product and the skimmer was not gentle with the shrimps.
This is my second attempt!
In the box!
This is a kit to use in an aquarium. I plan to have it in the sump, aster the skimmer section… but for now, to better observe it I have in in the display, next to the tunze auto-feeder.
It came fully equipped with everything needed, except the shrimp eggs and an air pump. I saw lots of videos and I ordered a USB air pump as my air pump is too strong. (When I started I went with my old air pump as the new one has not arrived yet.)
The Instructions – How to…
The most difficult thing was to find the instructions…. I found them on the day I was setting it up.
It was rolled up inside the incubator…
Other than that the process is almost too easy. Let’s see the steps:
- Rinse with RO water (I used filtered 3 stages),
- Submerge down to the water line
- Connect to an air pump
- Set the air pump to blow 2-3 bubbles per second
- Add 4 spoonfuls of eggs with the provided spoon
Alternatives to how to breed artemia! (Brine shrimp)
There are a lot of them… starting with DIY based on soda bottles (below), there is the sera mix and there are other solutions. See pics.
Bibliography – sources