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Live Brine Shrimp

LIVE-BRINE
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Brine shrimp are a crustacean with stalked, compound eyes and a tapered body that has 11 pairs of legs.  They can live in a remarkable range of salt water environments from those having water sever...
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Brine shrimp are a crustacean with stalked, compound eyes and a tapered body that has 11 pairs of legs.  They can live in a remarkable range of salt water environments from those having water several times the salinity of seawater to water having only one tenth the marine salt concentration.  They are found only in inland saltwater and not in the oceans - possibly because they more are susceptible to the many predators in the ocean.Brine shrimp should be stored in a cool place in the unopened bag they are sold in, It is advisable to use as soon as possible but brine shrimp should keep for a few days if kept cool and out of sunlight.  They can be kept in the fridge if preferred although this shouldn't be necessary.  Once opened, if not all used in one feed, they need to be kept in the water they were supplied in - do not replace this with fresh water.  The best way to store the opened bag is to place it upright in a tall glass. ​ If feeding brine shrimp to freshwater fish strain the contents of the bag through a net with a mesh size no larger than 500 microns (0.5mm) and add just the shrimp to the aquarium from the net.  This avoids adding salt water to the fresh water environment.  For marine aquariums it's OK to add the entire contrents to the aquarium, or if preferred, you can filter thorugh a net as above. ​ One bag of brine shrimp is about the right quantity for a single feed for aquariums over 24 inches, although this is obviously dependent on the amount and type of fish.  The bulk of the brine shrimp introduced into an aquarium should be consumed within 15-20 minutes.  Don't worry if there are a few odd ones left after this time as they will live for up to 5 hours in fresh water and  your fish will hunt them down and eat them.Live foods have a high nutrient content that has not been altered by processing so it is natural and nutritious with nothing added and nothing taken away.  High in protein, amino acids and fats it plays a key role in filling any nutritional gaps left when feeding your fish commercal food and it helps to keep your fish active. Live foods won't break down in the aquarium if not eaten quickly so will not affect the water quality and gives your fish a welcome change from dried or frozen.   Best of all, your fish will love live food.  They will become more active and alert when you feed it and you will see the difference as they respond to feeding as they would in the wild. ​ Because fish go wild for live food they may become less interested in dried or frozen food if it is fed too frequently.  It's important to feed your fish a balanced diet so we recommend feeding it just a few times a week as a supplement to your normal food.

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