In order to raise brine shrimp to adulthood, what sorts of food can I feed to the brine shrimp in the grow-out tank? What is the best way to administer them?

I have heard that yeast and egg yolks are both good sources of food but I wonder if there are others. I would also like to know the best way to administer these foods.

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Brine shrimps are non-selective filter feeders and can be fed a wide range of foods, including but not limited to Liquidfry brand or similar fry food, yeast, whey, wheat flour, soybean powder, fish meal and egg yolk.

For maximum results, your Brine Shrimp should have food available 24/7. At the same time, you don't want to flood the container with so much food that the shrimp can't consume it all, allowing it to settle to the bottom of the container and starting to decompose. Overfeeding will only add to your container maintenance.

A good "rule of thumb" is to feed just enough of the mixture to make the container water slightly cloudy. Keep an eye on the water and, when it appears to be clear (most or almost all of the food having been consumed), add some more food. Over time, you will know how much and how often to add food to the container.

As you add more and more shrimp to your Grow Out Container (from the daily hatchings) you will need to feed more, more often.

Feeding too much will add to your maintenance woes, while feeding too little will not allow the Brine Shrimp to grow at their optimum rate. It is sort of a "feel" thing, which you will figure out in a short period of time.

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    This looks like a really good answer but would benefit by the addition of a couple of supporting references. Nov 12, 2014 at 12:07
  • you will find a lot of information if you search the net for brine shrimp.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brine_shrimp Sep 5, 2017 at 19:38

Yeast is not a good food source, because the cell wall proteins are difficult for the brine shrimp to digest. For proof, see scientific paper: Marques A et al. 2005. Effects of bacteria on Artemia franciscana cultured in different gnotobiotic environments. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 71: 4307-4317.

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