REEFreshments®: BRINE BREW™ Decapsulated Artemia Eggs (16 oz.) - $24.99-$31.99
BRINE BREW™ contains decapsulated Artemia cysts, also known as Brine Shrimp eggs. BRINE BREW™ is the perfect food for small or finicky fish and seahorses, as well as fish larvae and corals. Our decapsulation protocol removes the shell of the cyst and ensures that you receive an intact sterile embryo. Our decapsulated Artemia are rich in protein and easily digestible. They can be fed directly as is, or grown-out and fed as a larger prey item with REEFreshment®: Live Phytoplankton.
REEFreshments®: BRINE BREW™ Decapsulated Artemia Eggs (16 oz.) - priced as low as $24.99
Directions for Dosing
- Shake gently to disperse eggs evenly.
- Sieve the BRINE BREW™ and ONLY add the decapsulated eggs to the aquarium.
- Discard BRINE BREW™ liquid solution. Do NOT add the liquid solution of BRINE BREW™ to your aquarium!
- Can be used as a broadcast or target feed.
- We recommend to turn off skimmer(s) and return pump(s) before adding our BRINE BREW™ and leave this equipment off for 15 minutes to ~2 hours to allow animals to consume the live feeds.
- If you choose NOT to turn off your return pump(s), then we recommend to remove micron filter socks for 24 hours when dosing BRINE BREW™.
Shelf Life and Storage Instructions
- Average shelf life of our REEFreshments®: BRINE BREW™ is 2 months.
- We recommend to REFRIGERATE BRINE BREW™ between 33-42˚F.
- Do NOT freeze BRINE BREW™!
- If the product smells strongly like sulfur/rancid (e.g., rotten eggs), it has expired. DO NOT USE. However, a slight sulfur smell is normal.
Instructions for Culturing Artemia:
Preparation of Culture Tank:
To culture our decapsulated artemia, first prepare a culture tank. We recommend using a brine shrimp hatching cone, but even something as simple as a 5 gallon bucket will work. Fill the culture tank with premixed saltwater (specific gravity ~1.024 and temperature of 68F-79F). Add an air stone for aeration and to keep the artemia suspended in the water column. Add low light.
Adding the Artemia:
Sieve the BRINE BREW™, catching the desired amount of decapsulated brine eggs in a fine mesh sieve or net (we recommend starting a new culture tank with ~1,000 decapsulated eggs per liter of culture water). Discard the BRINE BREW™ liquid solution; Do NOT add the liquid solution of the BRINE BREW™ to your tank! Add your sieved artemia to the culture tank.
Feeding the Artemia:
Artemia are continuous filter feeders and will thrive on phytoplankton. We recommend adding our REEFreshments®: Live Phytoplankton to feed artemia cultures. Feeding requirements depend on the density of the artemia culture. A good rule of thumb is to add enough phytoplankton to always to keep the water tinted to ensure that the artemia have a continuous microalgae supply.
Maintenance of the Artemia:
Adequate water quality of the culture is of paramount importance. Water quality should be tested on a daily basis and necessary adjustments made accordingly (e.g., maintaining pH). If water analyses indicate a spike in ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate, perform a water change until these parameters are back at ~0ppm.
Enhancing Artemia as a Live Feed:
Once the artemia have reach your desired size, they can be used as a live feed. Enrichment products (e.g., Selco) can be used before feeding out the artemia to increase nutritional their profile.