How can you grow plants in the sand?

Triops do not have great demands when it comes to the pool equipment. You should always be aware of how Triops live in the great outdoors and set up the pool accordingly.

1. Triops don't take up a lot of space

Triops live in the wild, even in furrows and the smallest of ponds. Many animals live close together in a very small space. A small tank with a volume of 10 liters is completely sufficient for 5-6 animals. For the Triops as a floor dweller, a large area is more important than the height of the basin.

2. sand

Triops need sand to lay eggs and to satisfy their need to dig. Gravel is not suitable for Triops. A layer of sand about 2-3 cm high should be placed in the Triops basin. Care should be taken that the sand is not sharp-edged, but round-grained. New sand must always be washed out a few times with warm tap water before being poured in.

3. Plants

Plants should not be missing in a Triops basin either. Since the Triops does not naturally inhabit densely overgrown bodies of water, the Triops basin should also have rather sparse planting. A few stalks of waterweed, a few duckweed, mermaid or a few other plants are sufficient.

Anubias contain toxic oxalic acid and are therefore unsuitable. Delicate plants such as Java moss pose the risk of entanglement and are therefore not suitable. Newly purchased plants should definitely be watered in a clean bucket for 2-3 days before planting. Often the plants are supplied with fertilizer containing copper at the grower. However, even the smallest amounts of copper are poison for Triops! Before watering the plants, be sure to remove the lead tape or planting wool.



The mermaid has particularly proven itself. It grows rapidly, but the Triops also like to take it as an additional food.

4. Decoration

Decorations can be tricky as triops can dig under anything and get stuck. When it comes to decoration, it should not rest on the loose substrate, but on the pool floor. Structures made of stones etc. should be firmly glued with aquarium silicone to prevent them from falling over.

5. Ventilation / filtering

Ventilation is usually not necessary for very shallow, low pools. Ventilation should be installed in all other pools and if there are large numbers of animals. A Triops basin is best ventilated with a commercially available ventilation pump. But be careful, please use well-known manufacturers! Pumps from large aquarium manufacturers such as JBL, Tetra and Schego are highly recommended. There are certainly cheaper pumps in this segment too, but then you have to live with loud vibrations ...

A 4/6 air hose of any length is connected to the ventilation pump. To prevent the aquarium water from flowing back into the hose and damaging the pump if the pump fails or is switched off, a non-return valve is inserted between the hose.



Please pay attention to the direction of flow! (If in doubt, blow in - the air can only flow in one direction through the valve!

You can easily split the hose with a sharp knife or scissors and then insert the non-return valve in between.



In order to regulate the amount of air, the Tetra pumps already come with a small air tap, which, like the check valve, is built into the hose. This air cock must be purchased for pumps from other manufacturers!

This is what the correct structure of a filter system looks like. Instead of the filter, you can also use an air stone for pure ventilation - but a real filter has many advantages:

Above all, the biological function should be mentioned. The sponge not only filters mechanically water-clouding suspended particles from the water, but also offers a large colonization area for important bacteria. These settle in the sponge and clean the water that is drawn through the sponge of toxic waste materials. A sponge filter poses no danger even to Triops nauplii. Triops like to visit and graze the sponge.

When buying, please make sure that the commercially available sponge filters (Tetra, Bioclear ...) are quite large. They are not intended for small aquariums and are difficult or impossible to fix upright in a small tank.
That is why we offer a special mini sponge filter that fits into the smallest of pools! It is attached upright to the pool wall using the suction cup - the riser pipe is just below the water level. The filter must not bubble!

Tip: A bubbling filter is usually clogged with particles. Remove the filter cartridge and squeeze it out a few times under lukewarm (not hot, not cold !!) water. Then put it back on the pipe and you're done!

 

5. Heating

Heating is only necessary for the heat-loving species Triops longicaudatus, Triops longicaudatus albino & Triops australiensis. It is important that the heating element can be regulated and adjusted to the exact degree. It should also be used especially with children break-proof and of high quality be. Countless controllable heating elements are sold on the German market, but they can differ greatly from one another. Especially cheap imported goods from the Far East can be dangerous in connection with water! Please make sure that you only use goods from well-known manufacturers! If a heater is used, please always attach a break-proof aquarium thermometer for temperature control!

Our mini sponge filters and heater take up so little space in a small 10 liter basin!

 

6. Light

Triops need light! It should be 10-12 hours of daylight in order for the animals to develop well. In our latitudes this is not possible, especially in winter. Therefore, artificial lighting must be used.

On the Internet you can always find tips to illuminate the Triops basin with a clamp lamp or desk lamp. These lamps not only give off a lot of heat, they are also life-threatening if they come into contact with water!

Innovative LED lights from aquarium technology are a much nicer and healthier option. For small pools there are fully submersible LED strips that are attached to the pool wall with suction cups.

Larger pools from 10 liters can also be illuminated very nicely and energy-efficiently with elegant LED clip-on lights.

 

7. Other accessories

The Triops rearing itself is started exclusively with distilled water (suitable for fish - see package!) Or a non-carbonated table water (Evian, Volvic naturelle ...) (see enclosed breeding instructions). A breeding tank only needs the breeding stock and water - possibly a heater.

Besides the above technique is a Water purifier makes sense. This is only used when the animals are about 1 cm tall and the tank is slowly filled with tap water. Then you should use a water purifier to bind harmful chlorine from the tap water. In addition, water conditioners contain gill-caring substances.

Toothpicks, "conditioner", syringes: Don't spend any money on it! You have these "accessories" at home - you can buy a syringe (if you need it) in the pharmacy for a few cents. Conditioner mostly consists of wood chips that have no positive influence on the water quality - on the contrary - you bring in organic waste, which can quickly lead to a fatal increase in toxins (nitrite)!

However you set up your Triops cymbal - don't grab the cheapest items straight away, compare them! The qualitative range is enormous. We want you to enjoy your new hobby and not spoil it by bad purchases such as inaccurate heaters and roaring air pumps!

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