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Old 10-07-2004, 06:46 PM   #1
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how should i defrost brine shrimp?

how should i defrost the shrimp to remove the watter that possibly has phospate in it? allso it seems alot for my 4 fish and one cleaner shrimp a whole cube of it just seems toooo much what do yous think? thanks
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Old 10-07-2004, 06:51 PM   #2
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I just put the cube in a small plastic container that will float, then float it in a bowl full of just-boiled water. It defrosts within 5 - 10 mins. Remove a lot of the "water" when it's defrosted, but leave a bit in.

And, just put a bit in your tank at a time. Then a bit more, underfeed rather than overfeed! You don't need to use a whole cube at a time! I put clingfilm over the container and re-use mine the next day too. Then I throw it away and get a new cube out.
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Old 10-07-2004, 07:38 PM   #3
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I cut my cubes into quarters and defrost in a glass of filtered water. After 5 minutes I pour the contents through a brine shrimp net to discard the pack juice. I then reverse the net and dip it into a glass filled with tank water, add vitamins and feed.
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Old 10-07-2004, 08:13 PM   #4
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I put a chunk of frozen brine in a dixie cup filled with water from the tank and then after 5-10mins I pour it back in.
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I put a chunk of frozen brine in a dixie cup filled with water from the tank and then after 5-10mins I pour it back in.
The pack juice can be like rocket fuel for algae.
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Old 10-07-2004, 11:47 PM   #6
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The pack juice can be like rocket fuel for algae
Yeah, that is definitely some nasty stuff. I simply set a cube out to defrost on an old blockbuster membership card, and about 20 mins later I squeeze all the juice out w/ a pocket knife. Cut up the cube and add it to your tank. If feeding a whole cube w/ what you have I'd keep it at no more than 3x's a week. Supplement w/ flakes on the other days sparingly. HTH
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Old 10-08-2004, 12:23 AM   #7
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I would consider switching to something like mysis or krill. Brine has virtually no nutritional value. I soak the froozen cube in garlic extreme in a shot glass until thawed. Then I stain it and rinse it in RO/DI water before putting it in my tank. It should always be rinsed to keep the posphates down.
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Rinsing in RO after straining definitely sounds like a good idea...I'm going to use that...Thanks Lando.
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