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Lightbulb Prehistoric Sea Monster Triop Kit

So I was at a friends the other day and their kid had this dinosaur fish kit on the counter with water. Its this tiny 1/4 gallon display with a dinosaur background. I asked about it and he pointed out tiny white dots swimming around. I was like oh, those are pods, how cute my fish eats those haha. This is the most pathetic thing I have seen since entering this hobby, all I could think of is how much of a money maker it is!


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my roommate got one of those as a gift from a friend. Honestly, the triops are kinda cool and they get rather large (the two that ate the rest were about dime sized). You may have seen the tiny white dots, but they actually end up the size they appear on the package.

Unfortunately, for their eggs to hatch the need everything to dry out then have water reintroduced, they're presumeably one of those desert dwelling organisms that just pops up in puddles when it rains once a year.

Don't rag the triops till ya know em, though, they're goofy as all hell. Not everyone wants to deal with keeping a healthy aquarium but still want to see neat little things swimming around. I can't fault them, aquariums are a lot of money and work. triops are not.
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What do you mean? These are actually pretty cool (even I was tempted to get one for myself). Watch vids on triops.
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Oh wow, I guess I was mislead on the white dots I thought that was it! I suppose it's not what I made it out to be if they get to be the size of a dime! I will have to go back and and check up on this now.
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Haha I remember I got one of these when I was little, and not a single triop hatched
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I was watching them on Youtube they look like an aquarium roach lol. I wonder if they would be suitable for a shrimp tank??
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From what i know about triops, they eat shrimps or pretty much anything for that matter.

Edit: From a quick search i found this https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/88...imp-triop.html

It seems that as long as there's plenty to eat they do fine, but if given the opportunity to eat one they will take it.
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I had a trips kit when I was about 12. Loved it! Much more satisfying than sea monkeys. You run the tank until they've bred and died of natural causes, then you let it dry out completely, refill it, the eggs from the previous generation hatch, and you get to start over! Great educational tool for learning about flood dormancy.


They look quite creepy when they get big:

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Kids would love them! I'm sure my son would. Their bodies (tails?) remind me of silverfish though...
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Wow like little tiny horseshoe crabs!

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Yeah, looks like a horseshoe crab with a silverfish tail.
Wonder if you could raise them for fish food? Continual supply...
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My kids got a kit for those as well, and the one that we ended up with out of it was quite a voracious but cool thing which I thought was closer in size to a quarter than a dime. The kids were young and became scared of it even!...
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I want some!
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Dang it now I have to go out and get one!

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Now its growing on me... haha maybe I will snag one from my buddies kid. I wonder how long they will survive in an aquarium?
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