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REMEMBER – NEVER USE A “STICK ON” OUTSIDE TANK THERMOMETER STRIP BECAUSE THEY CAN GIVE YOU FALSE READINGS, USE A THERMOMETER THAT ACTUALLY GOES INTO THE WATER!!! They cost the same price too…

Hatching Black Beauty Triop Eggs Part 1.

Triops sp. Black Beauty are a variation of Triops Longicaudatus. The main variation being that they are much darker…like black.

For hatching these triop eggs the basic hatching rules on water (distilled), having detritus, etc are the same. The only difference I could find was that black beauty triops need a higher temperature of around 82 F for optimal hatching.

For this batch I’m going to be using a small plastic food container that has been sanitized with boiling water. I’m using distilled water that has been shaken up for about 5 minutes. By the way Walmart sells these great temperature stick-on strips for $1.75. Here is what my triop egg hatching setup looks like. (UPDATE – Do NOT use these stick on temperature strips, they can give you a false reading, especially if you are using a lamp for hatching your triops. The strip picks up the heat from the lamp, and can give you a higher reading then the actual water temperature. Buy the temperature gagues that actually go into the water, they are the same price at Walmart.)

I used half my packet of egg/sand/food mixture, and added around 3 cups of water. I have the lamp set pretty close, and I’ll adjust it to keep it around 82 degrees.

From instructions I found here : http://www.cornishcrispa.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=2945 Black Beauty triop eggs usually hatch within 48 hours. I’ll keep this page updated by posting in the comments.

Oh and this time I put the lamp on the other side of my dresser so I wouldn’t have to sleep with a light shinning in my face :) .

Hatching Australiensis Triop Eggs Part 2

Well after over a week of monitoring temperature, slowing adding more water, and looking for anything that moves…finally something did hatch in my triop egg hatching bowl.

Algae.

About 10 days after I tried hatching the T. Australiensis triop eggs I had to go on a trip. I left the light on, and topped the distilled water. When I got back the bottom of the bowl was full of green algae and there were no triops.

I’m pretty sure it must have been something in the triop egg packet, I used distilled water and I rinsed out the bowl with hot water beforehand.

Anyway, in the meantime I’m going to be trying to hatch my black triop eggs.

Triop Tank Setup for T. Australiensis

While waiting for my T. Australiensis triops to hatch, I started to prepare a 10 gallon tank to transfer the triops to after they get bigger. Various triops instructions I’ve read said to prepare the tank and let it sit a week before your triops are ready to go in. This is the tank the triops will go in after they grow up a bit in their hatching bowl.

This 10 gallon tank setup cost me around $23.00 total. The tank was $15.00 at Walmart, the plants were a dollar each at Petsmart, and I found the silica sand on sale at Home Depot for $4.00. I also got a ph tester kit for $4.00 from Walmart that will last for 250 tests.

Triop Tank Set Up I’m using silica sand. 10 lbs is usually $10. For me the sand was the hardest thing to find.

The easiest thing to do is buy aquarium sand, but it’s expensive. At Petsmart a 10 lb bag was $25.00. It does look really nice though, very tropical.

If you don’t want to spend that much, then there are a 3 options I know of for triop -certified sand.

1. Playground sand is $8.00 for 10 lbs at Home Depot. Expect to wash it many times to get the clay out. (See Victar’s post, he uses playground sand.)

2. I saw a bag of paver’s sand that was $4.00 for 50 lbs at Home Depot. I’ve never used it but the grain size looks right. It’s a gray color.

3. Pool filter sand is around $8.00, though I haven’t been able to find it anywhere but online (Ace Hardware). In the pictures I saw it’s a nice tropical tan color.

For setting up the tank first I washed the sand about 20 times to get most of the murkyness out, then put it in the tank. I used around half of my 10 lb bag, and that filled the bottom with a inch of sand. I may put more in later if I find a reason to.

Triop Tank SandThen I just stuck the plants in and covered the roots in sand. I’m using umbrella plants.

I’m only adding 5 gallons of tap water, which should be good for 10 triops (half a gallon for each triop).

PH – wise I’ve read 7-9 is the range for triops. I used plain tap water, which comes from a rain collection system. My PH was 7.4, so no problems there. If you are using city water you probably want to add a water conditioner to remove chlorine and amonia and stuff, ask someone at a pet store. Usually you get this liquid in a bottle, and you drop a few drops into the tank.

Triop Tank Side View

That turkey baster is just awesome. I use it to suck up gunk from the tank. I know it’s going to come in really handy for sucking up un-eaten food later.

The tank does look a little sparse now, I’ll probably add some more plants. I might also add a heater and a filter later on. The reason I’m not going with a heater is because my room is pretty warm, and at room temperature the water never drops below 72F even in the winter. For most triops you want to keep the temperature between 72-86F.

That’s about it for my simple triop tank setup. If you really wanted to you could just keep your triops in a tank of water. But remember if you don’t have some sort of sand or dirt then they could end up eating their eggs and you wouldn’t be able to save them for your next triop hatching. Plus putting sand and plants in makes the tank more interesting.

If you have any questions just leave a comment, and also I’d like to hear how other people are setting up their tanks.

Now if only my triops would hatch…

Hatching Australiensis Triop Eggs Part 1

What Triops Eggs Look Like

Well my triops eggs came today. I got a packet of T. Australiensis Triops, and the guy gave me a free bag of Black Triops sp eggs, sweet. Here is a picture of what triop eggs look like when you order them. They are mixed in with sand and pieces of triop baby food, detritus.

I’m going to explain how to hatch triops eggs ….or at least what I’m going to do. Of course this isn’t the only way, just how I’m going about it. If they all end up dying, then consider this post a “how not to hatch triops.”
Supplies I got :
What I am using to hatch triops eggs
Packet of triops eggs from ebay
Glass bowl, approximately 3-4 cup size – I read 1 quart is a good size for 10 eggs
Jug of distilled water
Aquarium stick-on water temperature strip
Turkey baster (for picking up un-eaten food and stirring)
Desk lamp for heating
Costs :
The bowl, turkey baster, and water I got for a buck each.
I had the temperature strip from before, I think they are a couple bucks. You could also use a regular food thermometers, I think they are around 5-10 bucks.
The eggs were 18 bucks on ebay, however I have a pretty rare species, I think the going rate is about 10 bucks for 10 eggs.
The lamp I had laying around.
Lets hatch some triops!
Ok first I rinsed out the bowl in hot water to try and remove any bacteria, I’m probably just being paranoid though. In case you don’t know, never use any dish soap to clean anything going in a aquarium.
I drank a bit of the distilled water, then capped it and shook it up for a couple minutes. I read that this oxygenates the water.
I filled the hatching bowl up almost to the top, then set up the lamp about 10 inches away.
Triop egg hatching bowl
I am aiming for a temperature of 76 f. I’ve heard a few different rules regarding temperature, but in general 68F – 77F seems to be the sweet spot, with 86F being the killing temperature. The only information I have regarding different species is T. Canciformis needs between 70-74F, and Lepidurus at 63F. If you are reading this and you know some more information for other species, PLEASE LET ME KNOW by leaving a comment.
I decided to try and hatch the T. Australiensis triops first.
I know for a fact that my egg / sand packet has pieces of detritus (organic material the triops babies can eat the first few days of life). So I’m not going to put anything else in the first 3 days, just the packet with the eggs in it. If they hatch I’ll make another post with how I feed.
I mixed it around every now and then to make sure nothing sticks to the sides of the bowl.
Triop eggs in water
Most of the sand sank down to the bottom. Those brown spots are the detritus.
I’m keeping the lamp on the first three days as recommended by www.mytriops.com.
Ok baby T. Australiensis Triops, get big and strong for daddy.
Actually just get born first. To be continued…

 


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