It s hard to see the tiny white guys swimming around in this tank, but I have 2 triops for sure. I also see thousands of tiny things swarming around at theMessage 1 of 2 , Sep 1, 2002View SourceIt's hard to see the tiny white guys swimming around in this tank,
but I have 2 triops for sure. I also see thousands of tiny things
swarming around at the bottom of the tank, hopefully daphania and
not those white worms. I think I may have a problem regardless with
not having enough oxygen in this stagnant water for the baby triops
to survive, but I guess I'll know within a week. I just added a
crushed pellet to the tank which was really a tiny amount so
hopefully I won't get any bacteria spikes.
My last post before I came back was about how I bought a microscope
set from KMart for under $10. Well, I checked a drop of my tank
water in that microscope and I was in for a 5 hour treat. The single
drop of water was swarming with all kinds of life. Most of it was
swimming around fast. Some was quite colorful. It is amazing how
good a sub $10 kids microscope (900X power) really is. I even saw a
protozoa of some kind (peanut shaped) get eaten by a smaller fast
moving oval shaped creature. If you don't already have a microscope
and happen to see one of these cheapo sets on sale, you may want to
consider it. Mine is by science tech and is truely amazing.
Seems like light does make a difference as far as the hatching
stages for triops, probably it helps the protozoa and daphania
develope and keeps down the bacteria. I am thinking about getting
one of those pen plax battery powered air pumps to use for just
hatching in a small jar, I think lack of oxygen is the big killer of
new batches for me. As far as a tank goes for adults, I am kind of
leaning towards the aqascene 1 gallon from Petsmart because it is
only 10 bucks and seems to take up little space. If anyone has any
experience with this tank, let me know.
Don t worry too much about dirty water. Triops tend to live in puddles and the like, which are often stagnant. Tap water is still far more dangerous to themMessage 1 of 2 , Sep 2, 2002View SourceDon't worry too much about dirty water. Triops tend to live in
puddles and the like, which are often stagnant. Tap water is still
far more dangerous to them than stale or dirty fresh water. The only
real reason for cleaning the tanks is so you can see them better.
Whatever tank you use, don't have too much of a water capacity, 'cos
the little triops will starve, as it's hard for them to find food. If
it's a tank with a large surface area, keep the water shallow.
Myself, I hatch my triops in a small round plastic tank, with a
diameter of about 6", that is about 5" deep.
As for other creatures in with Triops, my recent experiences have
shown that Triops will eat ANYTHING smaller than themselves, whether
animal or vegetable. Cyril, my current triop, devoures a tank of
daphnia, clam shrimp and seed shrimp in under a week. The other
creatures were already established in the tank for two weeks before
he decided to hatch. Now he's all on his lonesome, tho' he seems