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Decapsulating Brine Shrimp Eggs
By Mike Wilson

ITEMS NEEDED

Brine Shrimp Eggs
Chlorine Bleach
White Vinegar
Quart jar
Stirring rod (rigid airline works well)
Brine shrimp net

 

Put about to 1 water in jar. Add a hatching amount of shrimp eggs. I use 1 TBSP per hatch. You can adjust of lesser amounts) to the water, let soak from 15 minutes to 2 hours (more time can cut down on the hatch rate).

After soaking, add a little more than an equal amount of bleach. Stir gently until an obvious change in color is noticed, about 3 to 4 minutes. The eggs will change from brown to an orange-ish color. Pour the eggs into the shrimp net. Rinse the eggs thoroughly, I fill the jar from the tap and pour from the jar into the net.

Fill the jar about full of water. Add about vinegar to the water. Pour this into the eggs, saturating the eggs as much as possible. Rinse the eggs in fresh water to remove the vinegar. This may take several rinses.

You now have de-shelled brine shrimp eggs. You can proceed with the normal hatching routine if desired, or feed to your fish as a treat the eggs are entirely edible, although fry usually need the movement as a feeding stimulus.

 
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