How To Care For Brine Shrimp (From Birth To Death)


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I have seen many videos and articles showing you how to hatch brine shrimp, but I hardly saw any videos about caring for adult brine shrimp. After a while of experimenting, I have made a care guide for anyone who wants they’re brine shrimp to live their life. In other words, this is a care guide showing you how to keep your brine shrimp from dying at the first week of their life.

These creatures are truly amazing in God’s creation. I hope this care guide helps.

Let’s get into it.

Things You Will Need:

  1. Container (Preferably a 1 quart jar)
  2. Brine Solution for 1 quart (if using quart, more information about it later)
  3. Spring Water
  4. 2 Small Pieces of Limestone
  5. Brine Shrimp Eggs
  6. Pipette
  7. Brine Shrimp Food (Ideas for food will given later)

Extra Bits Of Information You Will Need

Once every week slowly drip fresh spring water into the container. Drip  12 drops then wait 2 minutes. Then repeat 10 times

Slowly aerate the container with a pipette (if the container is small, if the container is large an electric aquarium aerator may be necessary) twice a day for 1-2 minutes each time.

Water changes aren’t always necessary. If you do change the water, make sure the brine shrimp don’t remove any of the brine shrimp. If you end up removing one but still have it alive, slowly scoop it into a spoon and slowly dip the spoon back into the container.

You will need to keep care of these little creatures that God made safe you they can live a long life!

If you do not shine a light on the container during night, or partially during the day, cover the opening with aluminum foil or of the like.



Preferably, a 1 quart glass jar. But if it slightly smaller, there shouldn’t be a big effect. Fortunately, brine shrimp don’t need large volumes of water, as they don’t grow that large.


When you settled on the size of the container, you will need a brine solution as brine shrimp do live in brine water I may see how you may get it wrong, but they do need it. The brine solution should contain of tp of kosher salt (table salt could kill your brine shrimp), 1/2 of a teaspoon of Epsom salt and a pinch of baking soda if you use a 1 quart jar, altar if your container is either larger or smaller than 1 quart. Also, make sure to pour 2 small pieces of limestone. This can help the brine shrimp survival rate.

Slowly pour the spring water into the container. Then slowly pour the brine solution into the container. Finally add 2 (about one tenth of the size of a U.S. penny, you also use 1 if your use a smaller container or 3-4 in you are use a large one) pieces of limestone and stir the the water until the solution has been dissolved.


Finally after the everything has been dissolved (limestones DO NOT need to be dissolved, do not worry if they don’t as they most definitely won’t), shine a 72-100 watt bulb (make sure it’s actually a 72-100 watt bulb) and wait around 10-15 minutes.

Adding The Eggs

Finally when the container has been heated, add a pinch of brine shrimp eggs (brine shrimp eggs can be bought at amazon). Make sure the light is on most of the day if possible. Now, wait 24 hours. After the 24 hours you may see white specks. These are baby brine shrimp. They are also called brine shrimp nauplii.

First Feeding

After the brine shrimp are around 24 hours old, feed them either flour, egg yolk, algae powder or all above. Only give them a pinch as a little goes a long way for these tiny nauplii. Feed the brine shrimp every 3 days until they are around 2 weeks old.

The Second Week Of Their Life

Now when the brine shrimp around 2 weeks of age, the brine shrimp will look a lot more like their adult form. Around this time, it would be ideal to change the feeding schedule to once every day from now on if possible.

From now on, feed the brine shrimp once a day, and aerate the tank twice a day for 3 minutes. Brine Shrimp generally live for around 1-3 months.

These shrimp are truly amazing and definitely one of The Lord’s more interesting and fun creatures He made!

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