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Old 10-18-2013, 09:21 PM
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exactly how big a container do they need? i cant afford more than $10 or less for stuffs, but holy cow i want some of these lil dudes! 5 gallon tank?
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:28 PM
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exactly how big a container do they need? i cant afford more than $10 or less for stuffs, but holy cow i want some of these lil dudes! 5 gallon tank?
Plenty

Nice triops!! I've been meaning to buy some giant ones off eBay, they are 1000x superior so sea monkeys, you can barely even see sea monkeys, all they're good for is beta food
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:25 PM
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Are they asexual?
Essentially. From Wikipedia:

Triops longicaudatus displays several reproductive strategies. Individuals may reproduce sexually, but this is rare, as most populations are highly male- or female-biased. Parthenogenesis (development from unfertilized eggs) is the most common reproductive strategy. Some populations, however, consist of hermaphrodites who fertilize each other. Different populations display different strategies or combinations of strategies, and may therefore, be considered separate species or subspecies in the future.

From my understanding, the majority of farmed triops longicaudatus for science kits are hermaphroditic. I just refer to them all as "it" as much as possible.

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exactly how big a container do they need? i cant afford more than $10 or less for stuffs, but holy cow i want some of these lil dudes! 5 gallon tank?
I have mine in a critter keeper that's likely around 3 gallons, which is more than enough for my four, so 5 gallons is even better!

They don't need much more than that, but an ideal setup should have a small heater and an airstone to oxygenate the water. I also put in my old 3-5 gallon filter to keep the water a bit less cloudy. Decorations are entirely aesthetic, they don't need them. My entire setup cost me about twenty bucks because I got a new critter keeper and a new heater, and couldn't resist the t-rex. I had the rest.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:33 AM
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how cool!
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:50 PM
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No pics for the moment, but guess who got caught in the water filter?

Hint: not Runt.

I noticed one triop was missing, and investigated the filter. I found a triop upside down and looked to be not moving, but it was hard to tell. I siphoned it into the same dish as the cloudy water, and there was Bacon. A bit disoriented, but swimming and alive.

I nearly had a heart attack over a tadpole shrimp. Sigh.

Now it's happily digging holes and laying eggs. Yup, I found it with a full egg sac. The others are starting to dig really deep holes too, so I'm guessing that it's egg o'clock.

Also, Runt is almost as big as Tomato.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:04 PM
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Would an under gravel filter work for them?
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:13 PM
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Would an under gravel filter work for them?
Do they work in sand, or just gravel? The triops live on coral sand.

Supposedly low-power filters are fine for adult triops over an inch long, but this filter sucked up Bacon who is close to 1.5 inches. I've since removed the filter - they theoretically don't need filtration anyway, I just prefer less cloudy water.
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Wow...cool! A bit creepy looking (IDK if they make me think of spiders or what) but still neat!
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They are kind of cute in an alien sort of way! I will have to live vicariously through your adventures with Triops. They seem like neat little aquatic pets though!!

More pictures! What do the egg sacs look like? How will you hatch those out?
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:39 PM
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Undergravel filters don't work with sand. Plus, if they dig, they'd uncover the thing. I can't use them in half my tanks because of fish that would dig down to them.

Sponge filters would do the trick. You can get them cheaply or make your own.

You could also try to do a sponge covering the filter intake.
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