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Ooh BBS is that 100% necessary? If I can get through without it I'd like to. Feeding frozen BBS, frozen cyclops, algae wafers (they crumble fantastically under water) and hikari first bites at the moment. They're also probably eating loads of micro life and stuff in the mulm. I can probably hatch baby brine for a little bit though.

Also jayc what do you think, seperate or let the parents raise? 

 

Cheers fellas. 

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sdlTBfanUK

I have a friend that hatches BBS so it must be fairly easy (I have not tried it), so maybe give it a go for the start to give the baby fish the best start then move on to other food? I guess there is no difference than frozen brine shrimp though!

I have never had baby fish, but feed all my fish baby fish food anyway as they are small fish. I think it is the same as normal fish food just powder! I dip a pln into the tank to wet it, then into the powder food quickly, then swirl the pin in the tank to feed the fish!

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jayc

In the first few weeks BBS is essential. It's not the same as Frozen BBS. The wriggling movements of newly hatched BBS attracts them to eat. You can try frozen, but you'll find them ignoring it, and the leftovers will just rot.

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Crabby

Okay. Do I just buy some sort of kit or something, is it easy? I’ll get something set up over the weekend hopefully. Thanks for the heads up jayc!

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8 hours ago, Crabby said:

Do I just buy some sort of kit or something, is it easy?

Don't buy one!

If you already have an air pump, then you are 90% there equipment wise. Save that money for the BBS eggs.

Google "DIY brine shrimp hatchery" and follow creation of one using a 2L soft drink bottle.

It should include instructions on how to hatch the eggs too. 

 

The first 2 weeks are critical. If they survive and eat BBS, then you can start introducing other foods. 

 

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sdlTBfanUK

My betta won't touch frozen or dried daphnia, but gets so excited with live daphnia! As JayC says it must be the natural hunting instinct in them?

Ebay and amazon usually sell the brine shrimp eggs, usually with the salt as well.

Simon 

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Crabby

Yeah grabbed some soft drink this arvo, gonna head down to lfs tomorrow and grab some bbs for the time being, will order amazon after for a longer term supply. @jayc should I only need one bottle? And how long should I plan to run it? I only have one air pump and it's on my 5 gal right now. I'll purchase one if need be though, spares are always great to have around. (Post note: Could I just split it from the output of the air pump? I might do that actually.)

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sdlTBfanUK

Splitting it makes more sense as long as you can disconnect or switch off the line that you aren't using when you aren't keeping the BBS!

Having said that though, if it is easy enough to do you can probably do it permanently as even adult fish will enjoy chasing any live food?

Simon

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4 hours ago, Crabby said:

should I only need one bottle? And how long should I plan to run it? I only have one air pump and it's on my 5 gal right now. I'll purchase one if need be though, spares are always great to have around. (Post note: Could I just split it from the output of the air pump? I might do that actually.)

One bottle should be enough for now, it just means you start one up immediately after harvesting the BBS.

Run it for as long as you need to, usually till the fry accept powdered foods.

 

Splitting the air hose is the way to go. You just need one of these T pieces.

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or

Aliexpress.com : Buy Outside Dia. 3/4"(25mm) ~ 38mm(1 1/2 ...

 

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