Brine shrimps (Artemia) live in salt lakes and therefore need salt water. This is very easy to make by mixing salt (JBL ArtemioSal) and tap water. Theoretically, salt water can also be produced by mixing tap water with table salt, but table salt differs fundamentally from sea salt: it contains minerals and trace elements that are not contained in pure table salt (NaCl). The hatching rate of Artemia has been proven to be significantly higher in sea salt! JBL ArtemioSal has another special feature: micro-algae have been added as nutrients for the Artemia crustaceans, because the yolk sac only feeds the newly hatched crustaceans for a very short time. After that, they are dependent on algae for food.
If you want to cultivate Artemia eggs, you need to put the eggs into saltwater. JBL ArtemioSal has been designed to create this saltwater. The small Artemia crustaceans hatch inside and then provide perfect live food for your aquarium fish. The micro algae included in the salt mixture serve as food for the freshly hatched crustaceans.
Making your own live food has several advantages:
- High in fibre
- No need to catch in ponds
- Promotes the fish's hunting instinct
- Increases spawning readiness
- Simple, quick and convenient
- Cheap alternative to frozen food
- Add salt to the water
- Put the Artemia eggs into the saltwater
- Wait until the brine shrimps have hatched
- Strain the brine shrimps into a sieve
- Ready for feeding