Great simple design. I like being able to use the airline, since it comes from the bottom of bottle, to drain of the BBS. Make sure to order check valves and use them when using this hatchery or make sure your pump is higher than the hatchery, to avoid back siphoning into pump when you turn it off to harvest BBS. Good product.
I used a 20 oz bottle instead of the recommended 2 liter and I much prefer this because I still have ample shrimp to feed my 3 small tanks. The only problem with this is the salt and eggs are premixed and there is no good way to separate the two to make a smaller measurement. Took over 3 days to hatch and I think I only got about 70% of the eggs hatched but I think this is because I was hatching at a much lower temperature (73 F) than recommended (82 F?). After hatching I poured the entire contents over a second container covered by a paper towel. Then I just turned the paper towel upside down on a 3rd container and rinsed the shrimp off the paper towel with tap water. Keep your brine water if you don't intend to feed all the shrimp at once, so that you can add the unused shrimp back to the brine and put in the fridge. They say they can live like this for up to 2 days, though mine were dead after 2. All in all this is a great total solution for someone that doesn't want to diy a hatchery. That said, you can do this same thing for a lot cheaper if you do it yourself and its not complicated at all, though as someone who had never done this before, the kit made it really easy to succeed.
I bought this to feed my goldfish fry. Just follow the directions and you'll have lots of baby brine shrimp. One caveat: hand-tightening the bottle to the base may result in a leak. Use some pliers to gently screw down the bottle.
It works better than other brine shrimp Hatchery out in the market.
Not too pleased. Had trouble with it leaking. Had to tighten several times to stop leaking. When trying to use air line to syphon off baby shrimp it would not work due to kink in line. I had to raise unit off the shelf to leave air line more room to syphon. Base not designed well enough to eliminate kinking of air line.
Works great! I set up mine just like Cory says in the description and had a very successful brine hatch and my fish loved it!
The hatchery works well just out of the bag, but it is a little loud because of the large bubbles it produces. I drilled out the air opening a little bit and shoved in an air stone that I can easily remove with aquascaping tweezers when its time to harvest.
Very happy with the product and the service.
Thx for your way fast service and great products. The hatchery is easy to use. I had an almost perfect hatch first time out.
So far I have only used this once but it worked very well. As suggested I use an airline control valve and also a one way check valve between the hatchery and air pump. Makes it real easy to harvest the shrimp. The only weak link in the system is the flimsy Diet Sprite bottle I have. Oh for the days of sturdy thick walled plastic soda bottles. When I first screwed the bottle to the hatchery and filled it with water the water started seeping around the threads. Tightened the bottle down firmly and it crushed in from handling. Popped the bottle sides back out and refilled. No leaks and operation fine from then on. My community tank went wild over the brine shrimp. Even the cory cats got in on the feast.
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