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Triops Photos - Coley's Place
April 2006
Sun, Feb. 8th, 2004 06:13 pm
Triops Photos

They're an inch long, today.


They wrestle!

Current Mood: happy Triopic
Current Music: De Phazz - No Jive


Sun, Feb. 8th, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC)

did you find those in the basement?

Sat, Feb. 21st, 2004 05:05 am (UTC)

when can we eat them? :-D

Anything but the woods...
Thu, Jul. 1st, 2004 07:01 am (UTC)

Those things are sooo cool...

Thu, Aug. 5th, 2004 08:35 pm (UTC)

You are the anti-updater


Sat, Jan. 1st, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
Could I use some of your pics?

Could I please use some of your triops pics on my website.
visit it at www.triopsunite.bravehost.com.

Tue, Jan. 4th, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Could I use some of your pics?

You may use my Triops photos. Aren't they the greatest little creatures?

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Tue, Jan. 11th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
new triop


I am new to triops, I have only 1 triop hatched from a kit in a 'triopolis'. Can you tell me what is a suitable enviroment for when it has outgrown the tank it came with, I notice that you have plants in the photo, what type are those, is it all stuff suitable for keeping goldfish etc? What do you feed them on. Any information you can give would be very helpful.

Nick (nickwilson8@hotmail.com)

Mon, Feb. 14th, 2005 09:42 am (UTC)
Re: new triop

     Good to hear from you, my fellow lover of Triops ! I'm sorry the response is so late-- I rarely check my LiveJournal and your comment went unread there for about a month, looks like. But anyhow! To answer your questions, and maybe you've already found the answer elsewhere or by your own experimentation, I grew my Triops from a little pack that I bought at Walmart. I'm not sure what the Triopolis kit includes. I just raised my Triops in my own little fish bowl with spring water (as the directions specify). Then, once they were big enough and I had deemed them hearty enough, I let them loose in my guppy tank. They were big enough, at that point, that my fish wouldn't bother them and the filter's openings weren't large enough to capture them. I haven't kept many goldfish, but I suppose, in the right environment, they would work alright together. The tank would have to be very clean.

     I've grown Triops twice and both times, only a couple made it to the largest size of about an inch (full length). As to what I fed them once they were transfered to the big aquarium, I suppose they really just foraged on their own, eating fish food with the rest of the tank's inhabitants. It's a planted tank and those have the ability to sustain themselves and they keep the tank very healthy (good water clarity, etc.)... the fish eat the plant material that grows on its own. There are many lovely books you can buy on the subject of freshwater plants in aquariums. The plants you see with a Triop in my journal is called Sunset Hygro. I also grow crypts, Vallis, swords, Java fern, and Java moss.

     Other than that, foodwise, since I was having some trouble with snails overpopulating the tank when the Triops were introduced, I crushed those snails against the aquarium glass any chance I got, just to try and reduce their population. Turns out, the Triops loved snail meat and would scavenge for them on the bottom of the tank for the bits of snail left over, right alongside my ghost shrimp (another scavenger). Ah, the great circle of life.

     The main thing I would suggest for long Triop life is clean water. Certainly hatch them as directed and if you want to move them, you'll need a very stable aquarium to transfer them into. Nice and filtered water is necessary. And of course, 1/3 tank water changes every week, sometimes twice a week. ;c) And don't forget to treat that water with tap water conditioner, etc. Test and adjust the water's pH and all that jazz.

Happy Triop-ing :)

Let me know how it turns out/how it turned out and if I can answer any more of your questions.


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Mon, Feb. 14th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
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!

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Mon, Feb. 14th, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC)
Re: new triop


You Need:

A small plastic tub such as an empty Humous or other 'dip' type tub.
A sieve or fine mesh with holes large enough for the triop eggs to go through.
Thin copper or non rusting wire.

Cut and bend the mesh into a basket shape to line the tub and make it a snug fit at the base.
Make sure there isnt much of a gap down the sides.

Attach the thin wire to the edges of the mesh in 4 places so that you can twist it long enough to make a sort of small handle.

Make a handle for the tub in the same way, but longer so you can get the tub out of your tank easily.

Put some some fine gravel into the basket suitable for the triop to dig in, about 2 or 3mm size, maybe some chunky sand will do. I use the beach sand that came with the Triopolis City kit. About 1 inch depth is OK.

Give the basket containing the fine gravel a few shakes to make sure that you are only leaving gravel that won't go through the holes, you need to make sure.

Place about 8 small pebbles or big gravel at the bottom of the tub, to create a gap between the tub base and the mesh basket.

Put the mesh basket containg the sand/gravel in the tub and put the whole lot in the tank.

Your triops will lay eggs in the sand gravel, most likely they will bury them.

When you see eggs have been laid you can remove the tub and gently shaking or tapping the basket will make the eggs sink through the gravel, through the mesh and lay in the large gravel in the tub.

Carefully remove the big gravel and pour the eggs and water into another container, then drain off or siphon most of the water away and leave the eggs to dry.


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