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    I ordered some giant triops eggs off eBay... I had optimal everything and they never hatched!
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    That's the gamble of buying eggs, I've had eggs of other things like killifish and insects which never hatched. Seeds a can be the same way. I don't get miffed about it I just buy from recommended sellers and if I get a dud I get a dud. Sometimes a second try from the same seller yields much fruit. Just the luck of natures draw.

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    I have tried triops 3 different times, and I never have much success. They get to the size when they start to change color and die off. The most success I had was when I completely ignored the directions and just threw the eggs into poland spring water next to a window. This year I got about 20 hatchlings, all but 2 died, and then some huge fairy shirmp started growing and my triops died. The fairy shrimp were cool but they died quickly after the triops.

    So good luck with them!

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    I've grown the normal sized Triops. Fun! But they ARE cannibalistic!

    ---------- Post added at 01:42 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:40 PM ----------

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    Hey I thought of something, would you guys put a sponge filter on a "tank" (tub) that's 36"L x 16"W and filled about 8" Deep? I can get a sponge and air pump and start the tanks cycling if you think it's necessary.

    I guess I will be watering my plants with "triops emulsion" instead of fish emulsion!
    I grew them in a 5 gallon with a sponge filter. Cycled the water before starting the eggs.

    Let me try to find the photo.

    Ahhh, here it is!

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    After emailing the seller on ebay and asking several questions I thought I'd pass on them. I would not have anything big enough to grow them in.... no space to set anything up.

    Then a day or 2 ago when out in the garage, I passed by a stand I built that has 3 10 gallon tanks on it. Nothing is in them. I used to use them to grow out some baby Leo's that I wanted to keep for myself, but I do have an area I can do that. So I have 3 10 gallon tanks to play with.
    I know that I will use on for some CP's the others I can try some Triops. Not sure which ones I'll start with.


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    Thanks for the image Tom, I think I will get a small filter for them.

    Seems like much of the trouble people have with the bigger species are trying to keep them too warm, cooler is better for the non-tropical species. But we'll see what happens, I have my eggs but haven't gotten started with them yet.

    I was going to do them in large shallow tubs on the shady part of my patio surrounded by plants for extra shade/shelter kind of like a 20L mini-pond but with giant triops instead of goldfish. I planned to let the water dry up and collect the eggs & sand once they die off at the end of summer or I could just snap the lid on the dry tub of sand and store it in the pantry and rehydrate them the next spring. But it turns out the condo complex is redoing all the patios. I don't wanna have to try and move the tubs full of water all the plants will be bad enough so I'll be using 10 gallon fish tanks this time. If all goes well then next summer I'll do the tubs outside.

    Since they are cannibalistic has anyone ever kept them solo?

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    Swords! I just stumbled across this thread & it looks like a great project. Digging this old thread out was a must. I've had triops a very long time ago for a few years. They are an amazing species to observe & grow. I first set them up in an indoor tank with airpump filtration & they lived fine but never flourished or bred until I did a rubbermaid outdoor setup, on a later batch, that I never once cleaned. lol go figure. I would feed them vegetables, fish pellets, & leftover cut bait pieces once in a while. Mosquitoso also took advantage of the breeding grounds but I never observed if they got eaten. Did you ever get this project going or do you have any updates on it?
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