Usually called Dinosaur Shrimp or Tadpole Shrimp, they have seen dinosaurs and giant mammals become extinct. Yet they continued and today live in bodies of freshwater and eventually became our pets. Their ability to withstand the test of time is the reason why people call them “living fossils.” And you can easily take part in ensuring that they are here to stay for good by being an owner of a prehistoric pet.
Aside from the fact that they are the oldest creatures in existence, a Triops appearance is something that intrigues many. They have three eyes as a result of an evolutionary process. Like most creatures, Tadpole Shrimp use two eyes to search for food and stay away from predators. The third eye is on top of its head and is used to detect light. As a matter of fact, having three eyes is the reason why they have such a name. “Triops” loosely translates to “three eyes” in the Greek language.
Tadpole shrimps are omnivorous and may eat algae, insects, including bacteria, algae. And even eat microscopic animals, such as rotifers.
The triops eggs hatch as larvae and develop rapidly. The bodies of larvae have only mouthparts and antennae as appendages. Under the right conditions, tadpole shrimps will moult, or shed their external skeletons, numerous times in just 24 hours. They gain new pairs of limbs with each moult. Adulthood is usually reached in about two weeks after hatching.
The two different hatching temperatures for the Triops species:
T. australiensis – need warm water hatching and growing between 25°C-30°C
T. cancriformis – need water around 15°C-20°C and the hatching time will take more than the average 24-36hours. (T.australiensis 24hours.)
T. longicaudatus – need water around 15°C-20°C and hatching time will take more than average 24-36hours
T. red longicaudatus – need water around 15°C-20°C and hatching time will take more than average 24-36hours
T. newberryi – need water around 15°C-20°C and hatching time will take more than average 24-36hours
*If the eggs do not hatch the first time, remove the eggs and dry them or drain 90% of the water out and put the container in the room and wait until the water has evaporated. Then start the hatching process again. Some eggs are long term eggs and require a wet-dry, wet-dry, wet period. This is why they have survived for many thousands of years and are called Dinosaur eggs.
More About Aquatic Live Food…
Therefore, we are now able to provide continuous high-quality production of popular live foods.
Aquarists of all skill levels can now have a real chance at breeding their own favourite Pipefish, Cowfish, Mandarin fish, Shrimp and more. Being able to provide essential live food that’s required for newborn and juvenile Aquaria.
Triops eggs are only one of the many products we are proud to offer at Aquatic Live Food. Check out our website for many more exciting products in store!