Re: new triop
If you seriously into Triops you might like to read this collated info:
Well I started off with the triop city 'Triopolis' which is a sort of X shaped complex of 4 small chambers 4" across each connected by a tunnel part to a central area, with diffent coloured gravel in each one and sized , with doors to separate them, you leave a 'nutrient pack' sort of teabag thing containing wood chipping (I think it may be coconut) for 8 hours then add the triop eggs. I used bottled water spring, it just has to have no chlorides, and kept a halogen lamp shining on it to keep it warm, about 78F. Not many triops hatched, and the triop city is too small.
Next I cut open a 5 litre bottle of water and added gravel and some Valliseria plants, this was better for the triops as the water didnt get so cloudy with the triops stiring up all the decaying food and their own poo. There were snails attatched to the plants, I left them on as I thought the triops might like to eat them, but they do not, maybe the shell is too hard for them to deal with.
After a week I got a proper 20L fish tank with a strip light at the top and a filter. I now have a heater for it too. More plants added are Java Moss ball, Wisteria, Elodea Densa. The triops like the valisernia best, they eat it even when there is other food. I have found that sliced frozen fishfinger with the bread crumbs removed they like, but as you know they will eat anything.
Mostly the triops haven't lasted very long, but I have one with is nearly 3 weeks old and it's a monster - 1 and a half inches not including the 2 antenna like tail parts, so it would be nearly 3 inches if I included that part. I think it got so big because apart from the snails it has the tank all to itsself, and as much food as it can eat. I don't kill the snails, I think they help eat algae according to a webite I read : http://mytriops.com/articles/
Also snails seem to keep the glass clean as thats where they spend most of their time.
I have videoed the triop laying eggs, as it does everyday, I have collected and dried over 200 eggs now and devised a method for collecting the eggs which minimises disturbance to the tank:
(see next post as this post is too long)
One day after collecting eggs I noticed some that were much darker pink than the others, (maybe the mother had been eating a lot of carrot, I don't know, or near the root of one of the plants there was a dark red growth, maybe it ate that). I dried these and tried to hatch a few, and unbelievably, one of the baby triops was a salmon pink colour not the usual white! Unfortunately it didnt last long in the nursery tub, not many make it past a day or two, and when I put them in tha big tank they die in less than a day, either the shock of the new environment, or the fact that the water is colder than the nursery, ar the big triop kills them either on purpose or accidentaly, charing around madly like it does, must be like being hit by a truck! I still have some of these mutant pink eggs left, but I will wait till I have the new tank a bit more established, in any case, it has a small leak, very small but it still means I have to take everything out and dry it before applying sealant. What a hassle!