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#41 Auban

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 12:04 AM

The 4th was pretty awesome. Good music, good family, good times.

I just got done unloading our ISU that had our personal stuff in it, so i now have my most recent batch of triops eggs to work with. Im not sure when or why i started keeping only the eggs from my most recent hatches, but i have been doing it for years now and these guys will now hatch in liquid rock.

I plan on draining my daughters triops tank, letting the substrate dry a bit to kill off most of what is currently growing, and then adding old tank water to the it and hatching some out.

Ill probably get started on that tomorrow. I dont really know what killed the last batch, but after thinking about it, i dont have the patience to try and find out.

Ill most likely be away from home again in a matter of weeks, and won't have much time home after that until after my next deployment.

Edited by Auban, 06 July 2018 - 12:04 AM.

"The ecologist is continually having to look at the aspects of nature with which he is unfamiliar and perforce must be an amateur for much of his working time.... professionals may carp at omissions, misconstructions, or even downright errors in these pages. perhaps ultimately they may forgive them for the sake of the overall vision that only the amateur, or the ecologist, blithely sets out to experience."G. Evelyn Hutchinson

#42 Auban

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 06:02 PM

Ah, finally found my triops thread.

Anyway, triops at about 48 hours.

http://imgur.com/gallery/B4NWcdN

Hatched in old tank water with a little tap water. This morning i took a clump of hair algae and squeezed out some green "juice" to feed them.

My daughter just told me that she doesnt think they are triops because there are too many lol.
"The ecologist is continually having to look at the aspects of nature with which he is unfamiliar and perforce must be an amateur for much of his working time.... professionals may carp at omissions, misconstructions, or even downright errors in these pages. perhaps ultimately they may forgive them for the sake of the overall vision that only the amateur, or the ecologist, blithely sets out to experience."G. Evelyn Hutchinson

#43 Auban

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 06:09 PM

Fourth day, and i have noticed a massive die off. This is not unusual for the way i typically keep them. Out of 100 that hatch, ill usually only get a few that reach maturity. I could probably get a lot more to survive if i actually fed them and took care of them properly, but i typically just leave the light on and let them duke it out among themselves. There will be enough algae to keep a few of them alive, and they also eat each other.

It may seem counter intuitive to do things this way, but i want something that can survive without my constant effort. I want something that will be ok if i have to suddenly leave.

As usual, i also added a little handful of egg laden sand to the tank. From the same batch i hydrated 4 days ago. At this point, the conditions are a bit better, and the few that hatch will likely survive any new fluctuations in environment that i don't anticipate.
"The ecologist is continually having to look at the aspects of nature with which he is unfamiliar and perforce must be an amateur for much of his working time.... professionals may carp at omissions, misconstructions, or even downright errors in these pages. perhaps ultimately they may forgive them for the sake of the overall vision that only the amateur, or the ecologist, blithely sets out to experience."G. Evelyn Hutchinson

#44 gerald

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 05:24 PM

I wonder if they'd feed on blackworms or tubifex-- just nibble off their tails.   That would be low-maint.


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#45 Auban

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 09:56 PM

Ok, so i dont know what happened. All the triops died. So i stirred up the sand, added a bit more, and added a small pinch of fish food. They seem to be doing well at the moment. They are about two days old now.

Being honest here, i may ghost yall again. A buddy of mine, joshua beale(we all called him zach) died today in combat in afghanistan. Usually, when something like this happens, i get pulled away.

Zach was a legend. He was a man who seemed to be able to pull miracles out of thin air. I will miss him.

Anyway, this is how the tank looks now.

Triops https://imgur.com/gallery/euTMZ02

The little triops seem to doing better with all the algae established. We will see how they do. I kinda want to keep up with these guys because it gives me something to focus on. Something that is not... bad.
"The ecologist is continually having to look at the aspects of nature with which he is unfamiliar and perforce must be an amateur for much of his working time.... professionals may carp at omissions, misconstructions, or even downright errors in these pages. perhaps ultimately they may forgive them for the sake of the overall vision that only the amateur, or the ecologist, blithely sets out to experience."G. Evelyn Hutchinson

#46 Chasmodes

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 03:55 PM

Auban, so sorry to hear about your friend Zach.  My condolences.

 

Good luck with this batch of triops.  


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#47 Auban

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Posted 30 April 2019 - 04:01 PM

I have been gone for a while, but i have finally found the time to get back into keeping triops. The earlier attempts all failed, and for a while, i couldn't figure out why. Im still not e tirely sure what was killing them, but i did manage to narrow it down to the air pump i was using. Since then, i have been much more successful.

I recently purchased a kessil H380 LED grow light. I bought it specifically for a project im gping to do later because of its ability to grow algae like a beast. Since it also produces UV light, i decided to test it out on my triops. I have long suspected that they benefit from UV, i just never had a lught that i KNOW is producing UV. It worked brilliantly. It worked so well that i bought another LED grow light that produces similar similar spectrums of light.

Here is a pic of both lights. The H380 is on the left, its the little round one: http://imgur.com/gallery/cdKZlXg

I started the next batch of triops with the larger grow light and i barely had any die offs at all. This is a pic of their tank after about a week: http://imgur.com/gallery/HFOULct

At the time i took that last picture, i had not fed them yet. They had been eating all the dead grass/yard waste. When i transferred them to other tanks, i counted 73. I dont know how many actually hatched put, but it was a MUCH higher survival rate than i normally get. The only thing i did different was the light.

The batch i hatched out just before i got the lights had 10 survive out of probably about 200. It did produce one MASSIVE triops though. Here is a short slow motion clip i took of it. The other triops around it are already egg laying adults. http://imgur.com/gallery/kpYibUC

I have often thought about keeping the biggest ones and seeing if i can select for size, but i think environmental factors are more important at this point than genetics are.

Anyway, i also bought some albino triops longicaudatus eggs. I just started them a few days ago, and i am already seeing how spoiled i have gotten in regards to hatch rates. Out of about 400 eggs, i only had about 30 hatch out. Granted, i used old fish tank water to hatch them, but my strain would have hatched out at least a couple hundred. Even with the old tank water.

The good news though is that they seem to survive their first 24 hours better than my strain, as they all seem to still be alive.
"The ecologist is continually having to look at the aspects of nature with which he is unfamiliar and perforce must be an amateur for much of his working time.... professionals may carp at omissions, misconstructions, or even downright errors in these pages. perhaps ultimately they may forgive them for the sake of the overall vision that only the amateur, or the ecologist, blithely sets out to experience."G. Evelyn Hutchinson




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