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I was skimming through a cory breeding article, and cam across what the breeder was using to feed his baby cories, its called "Golden Pearls" it does not need to be hatched and moves like brine shrimp artemia, it floats on the surface as well.

heres a link to a website with information on it http://www.brineshrimpdirect.com/other_gol...l_particle.html and heres a site selling them on aquabid http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auc...oodp&1145127919

i was wondering

A) if anyone has used them?

http://ausaqua.net/forum/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif how effective they were?

C) if they are availiable in australia

it sounds to me like a lot less hassle than having to hatch bbs and they seem less expensive. Any thoughts on the subject would be gladly appreciated, pluses and minuses especially!

Wishing Everybody a Happy and Safe Easter :lol: (mmm..chocolate) ,

Daniel

PS. its not sposed to be cool its sposed to be B )

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That article is really interesting, if they were available over here I would be interested in trying them, especially with winter coming on and being basically lazy the less BBS hatching the better is my motto! :lol: Cheers Deb

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I Found Golden pearls ;) in Australia :lol: on a Salt Water Online Reef shop thing, http://www.reefculture.com.au/catalog/prod...adc6c8fe8919b80 and you can choose the size/diameter, sounds pricey though $16 for 20 grams, but you dont have to hatch them!! they also sell Artemia Cultures... if someone bites the bullet and buys could they do a review? in comparison to BBS?

EDIT: ive been spelling them goldern instead of golden :lol: they are also avaliable at http://www.aquaria.com.au/catalog/index.php/cPath/1_3_52 $4 more though.

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They sound interesting :lol:

Some interesting information I found at

http://www.reefculture.com.au/catalog/prod...adc6c8fe8919b80

* Though Brine Shrimp is known as an excellent feed source, it is however deficient in "Essential Fatty Acids (EFA)". EFA is has been specifically included as an essential ingredient of "Golden Pearls" to make up the shortfall, making it an excellent substitute for Brine Shrimp.

Does this then mean that it is important to move fry onto other foods as soon as possible, even if bbs is continued to be fed?

"Golden Pearls" are manufactured through a patented process which micro - encapsulates feed particles with tiny air bubbles.

What do you think about fry ingesting that air? Is it ok for them to do so?
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I believe if you feed the BBS soon after hatching that they have a sufficient amount of fatty acids. To be honest I don't think you are actually required to feed such a rich diet at that age for a fish that comes from swamps. I can see how it would be important for reefers etc, but I think its just an optional extra for bettas. (also note that passage is about brine shrimp not baby brine shrimp, which could make a difference) Not sure about air bubbles, I'd say its ok because they'd have to chew it anyway and break them up.

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OK Ive got some golden pearls as my BBS hatching has died with the cooler weather and they really do replicate BBS in looks and once they do start to sink ( it takes a while ) they stay suspended in the water and look like BBS swimming or floating around mid level.

Ive worked out that cost wise it is pretty equal as I paid $6.00 per 10 grams of BBS eggs and the pearls cost $20.00 for 30 grams so there is a $2.00 difference which if I add salt and power to run the air pump works out even plus I dont have to stuff around with hatching.

So now if they are as nutritional as BBS as they say then the pearls are a good option for BBS.

Hope this helps anyone who is thinking of trying the pearls.

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Hi,

Just wondering how you went with the "golden pearls"? Are they working out OK?

I was using the instant BBS that Mike was selling but then some issues with Mikes' supplier- any status up dates on the Instant BBS Mike?

This is the 3rd night that I've forgotten to turn the BBS on to hatch, and the babies are getting sick of the dry stuff....If the "Golden Pearls" are a good substitute I wouldn't mind trying them.

Thanks,

Jane

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