Deshelling Brine Shrimp Eggs

Items Needed:
Brine Shrimp Eggs
Chlorine Bleach
White Vinegar
Water (80 to 90 degrees)
Quart Jar
Stirring rod (rigid airline works well)
Brine shrimp net

1. Put about 3/4 to 1" water in jar. Add a hatching amount of shrimp eggs (I use about a tablespoon per hatch, you can adjust for lesser amounts) to the water, let soak for 15 minutes to 2 hours (more time can cut down on the hatch rate).

2. After soaking, add a little more than an equal amount of bleach. Stir gently until an obvious change in color is noticed, about 3 to 4 minutes. The eggs will change from brown to an orangish color. Pour the eggs into the shrimp net. Rinse the eggs thoroughly, I fill the jar from the tap and pour from the jar into the net.

3. Fill the jar about 3/4 full of water. Add about 1/4" vinegar to the water. Pour this into the eggs, saturating the eggs as much as possible. Rinse the eggs in fresh water to remove the vinegar. This may take several rinses.

4.You have now got deshelled shrimp eggs. You can procede with normal hatching routine if desired, or feed to your fish as a treat. The eggs are entirely edible, although fry usually need the movement as a feeding stimulus.



NOTE: This method of deshelling brine shrimp eggs is the property of Mike Wilson. The website which this was previously published on has disappeared, leaving only the main page and none of the article pages. I am republishing this on this website because this article is the clearest, most concise directions I have found for deshelling brine shrimp eggs. The page that this was originally published on was owned by the Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts.