Originally Posted by BillD
At the risk of starting an argument, I will throw in my $.02. I have no problem hatching brine shrimp in 18 to 14 hours at 80 F. As well, I would never reuse water if whole cysts are used. If you want to know why, sniff it. I generally decapsulate with bleach and then the water can be reused several times because the bacteria are not present, and there is no smell. Also, decapsulated cysts can be eaten by fry, so there is less waste.
No argument from me. That's great news!!! Can I ask what brand of eggs you are using with that result? I've used ( in the past and present) O.S.I., San Francisco Bay, GSL and ArtemiaUSA brands and have not gotten under 24 hours at 80 degrees. Would love to know your secret
As for reusing the water, maybe we are starting out with different water. My water here in FL is hard and alkaline and the only reason I restart is to get rid of the open shells. There is no smell to my water.
As for decapsulated, I have alway found it easier and more successful to get newly free swimming Betta fry to eat live swimming foods ( whether infusoria or BBS). I'm not sure they would know what to do with a non motion food. Decapsulated should work once the fry are more into the feeding pattern tho.