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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…
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
Then 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.
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…
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.
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