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Musicalfingers
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Username: musicalfingers

Post Number: 1394
Registered: 07-2005


Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 12:31 am:       

Weeeelll...my friend gave me some triops for my birthday, kind of as a joke. :-) It says on the package that I can't use dechlorinated water, I have to use spring water. Any idea why?

Also, do you think these would be a bad choice for a live food for my bettas?
Out of insanity comes brilliance...or was it the other way around?
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cindy
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Post Number: 9628
Registered: 05-2003


Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 01:16 am:       

Your betta will be glad to eat them, but only for the first couple days. After that, they will get too large. But if you don't have a sponge filter or a UGF, don't count on getting many to adulthood.

The high mineral content of most tap water will prevent hatching, deionized is cheaper than distilled, and I have never tried spring or any other water. After they have hatched, dechlorinated tap water is fine for water changes.

This is a better website than most:

http://mytriops.com/articles/triops_care.stm

"The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." --- Albert Schweitzer

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Musicalfingers
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Post Number: 1395
Registered: 07-2005


Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 12:40 am:       

Thanks Cindy! LOL...the part where they say that triops don't hurt each other...my friend said that a girl she knows has them, and the biggest one, "Fluffy", ate all of the other triops in the tank!

Is it um...cruel...to hatch them the way the instructions say? I don't have room to get them a tank, so they'd be in a bowl. The package says they only live 20-90 days anyway, and I thought it would be fun. If you guys think I shouldn't hatch them, I won't!
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larry
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Username: gomezaddams

Post Number: 785
Registered: 05-2005


Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 12:52 am:       

I hatched one of those kits a year or two ago with my kids the box had been in my closet for about 10 years so I was surprised to see a few little things in there only one grew big it lasted about a month.It was interesting.
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cindy
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Post Number: 9636
Registered: 05-2003


Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 08:00 am:       

They are known to do that, especially if underfed, but I never saw it. Maybe they were eating each other after they died anyway, as any fish will do?

Unless you had UGF or a sponge filter, it is pointless to hatch them in a filtered aquarium anyway. Personally, I would set up a bowl or container with the largest SA I could with dechlorinated tap water and some live moss/plants first, then hatch the eggs in a glass of dionized or distilled water (kept warmer than room temp) and move them over after they hatch.

http://mytriops.com/articles/containers.stm

"The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." --- Albert Schweitzer

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Kelsey
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Username: soggynacho

Post Number: 582
Registered: 01-2003


Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 08:09 pm:       

I didn't know they got that big.
Does anyone else think they look like aquatic roaches? eeeeee.
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molly b
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Username: molly

Post Number: 15
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 08:48 pm:       

Did you hatch them yet? I am interested to know what they are really like...they are kind of neat, and as Kelsey said, kind of creepy at the same time!
I read the link , they seem interesting...but I remember when I was about 7 we convinced our parents to get us sea monkeys (they looked so great in the back of the comic books!) Boy, were we dissapointed...they didn't do tricks or play ball like the picture said!!!
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cindy
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Post Number: 9669
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Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 09:34 pm:       

They look like tiny horseshoe crabs to me: http://www.hoganphoto.com/east_point_light_horseshoe_crabs.htm

"The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." --- Albert Schweitzer

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Musicalfingers
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Username: musicalfingers

Post Number: 1402
Registered: 07-2005


Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 10:16 pm:       

That's their closest relative, actually, Cindy. What kind of creeps me out is the three eyes...

Molly, no I haven't yet, I'm still trying to work up the gumption...and I need a bowl. Which I will be getting soon as temporary housing for my betta during the Great Snail War (see general message area), so when that's all over I may hatch a few of them.
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molly b
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Username: molly

Post Number: 16
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 11:09 pm:       

Too bad these Triops don't feed on snails! Good luck with the war!


I don't like the end, looks too much like an earwig, and they freak me out...still, I am intrigued to see what they are like! Keep us posted!
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Musicalfingers
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Username: musicalfingers

Post Number: 1404
Registered: 07-2005


Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 12:14 am:       

No joke! And thanks for the thought!

Yeah...they're kind of funky...I'm still not sure whether or not I'll actually hatch them. Even though I like strange things, I'm not that into things that look like spiders....or face-suckers from Alien...
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Gopi
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Username: gopi

Post Number: 1738
Registered: 01-2004


Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 03:45 pm:       

Maybe I should raise some triops...I have a soft spot for horeshoe crabs (I think I told my boss when we had them in lab last year that they were like puppies...only underwater with shells and more legs and...)
There! You have a bigger tank! Will you stop plotting my death now??
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larry
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Username: gomezaddams

Post Number: 813
Registered: 05-2005


Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 10:00 pm:       

I wasnt sue how i felt about them either thats why they sat in my closet till one of my kids(who wasnt even born when I got them)discovered the box and wanted to see what they would look like
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