My Humble Experience in Raising Triops

Hello Everyone,

having raised Triops for almost more than 1 month now, I would like to share this exciting and fun experience with all of you.

How I Started Out?

Well, one day, when baby and I were heading to NeX to catch a movie, we passed by the Pet Lovers Centre to check out what new pets they had and lo and behold, we stumbled upon this UANTriops kit and I got really excited about it. Seeing the kiddish smile on my face, Baby bought the kit for me to experiment and explore despite me insisting that I should pay for it. I bet you must be having many questions right now and I shall attempt to be very detailed as I can in this blog entry.

What does the UANTriops kit comes with?
  • A clear plastic container to raise your Triops in
  • Triops Eggs for you to hatch Triops
  • Triops Food to feed your Triops
  • Thermometer Strip to measure the temperature of the water
  • Feeding Spoon to feed the Triops food to your Triops
  • Plastic Vacuum Tube to vacuum out all the unconsumed food  to prevent any waste and toxic buildup
  • Rectangular Plastic Microscope to view your baby Triops which I find not very useful
  • Instruction Sheet to guide you on setting up the container, how much to feed, and what to look out for
Day 1 (16 July 2011)

Alright, being a newbie at this whole new experience with no background at all, I followed every instructions on the box and modified some of it on my own.

This is how my setup actually look like.

Triops Day 1

Note: I decided to add some beach sand to my tank setup because I wanted to breed more Triops. For your information, Triops enjoy digging sand to lay their eggs in.

Precaution: Please do not use tap water for the tank setup as tap water contains chlorine. You should only use tap water if you have added anti-chlorine chemical into the water. For me, I used Evian Mineral Water. I am not entirely sure if distilled water is actually a good idea because the water is too pure and too clean.

General Advise: Do not be disheartened if you do not see the eggs hatched within 24 hours. Mine actually took longer than that. So don’t go do anything to it and don’t be too anxious. Just be patient and wait!

Day 3 (19 July 2011)

In a span of 3 days, this is how much my Triops have grown!

Triops Day 10

Note: Out of the supposedly 10 eggs, 3 actually hatched. One died while still a tiny baby and the other died when it was unable to shed its shell for some reason.

Day 5 (21 July 2011)

My Triops has reached maturity and is shedding its own shell. At this point in time, it enjoys digging the sand for some reason. Probably to lay eggs?

Triops Day 12

Day 28 (13 August 2011)

Triops Day 35

Today, I saw my Triops acting pretty weirdly. It wriggled on its back and was no longer as active as it was the day before. Sensing that it must be dying soon, I prepared for the worst and true enough, it died that day. I asked myself if I should get another kit to entertain myself but I decided against it as I have three other Betta fishes to take care off. However, just as I was about to dispose the entire kit, I saw about 5 small organisms in the water wriggling about. Looking closer, I realised that they were the offsprings of the Triops which died!

Feeling rejuvenated and excited once again, I crossed my fingers and dropped a little spoonful of Triops food around the tank.

Day 30 (15 August 2011)

Triops Day 37

I am proud to say that I am now the owner of 6 young Triops and they are now swimming as happily as they can be! If the conditions are right, I suppose I might be able to breed more Triops in the very near future! Stay tuned for more updates along the way. Should you have any queries about Triops and breeding them, feel free to drop me an email.

Some Frequently Asked Questions, extracted from UANTriops Distributor Website 

Reasons why you should keep Triops!

1) Triops are easy to care for and maintain, plus they only require a minimum of equipment, space and cost. Best of all, everything is in the UANTriops package!

2) Triops are truly instant-pets! They hatch within 24 hrs.

3) A great “beginner’s guide” to keeping an aquarium! Triops offer an easy-to-start aquarium experience, educating owners with the fundamental approach to caring for an aquarium.

4) Re-live History! It educates the young generation on the valuable life cycle. Many schools over the whole have used this package as an educational tool to educate kids.

5) Counter Mosquito! In some countries, Triops are a biological vector of mosquito control. The similar environment that both their young ones live in enables both to spawn but Triops grow much faster and thus, able to feed on the larves of Mosquito.

6) Triops are kinda like Sea-Monkeys but much bigger and a whole lot COOLER!



    its the 4th day and my triops havent hatched i used minaral water and rainwater what could i have done wrong?????????????????????/!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELP!!!!!!!!!

    • Melvin says:

      Hi Victoria,

      triops may sometimes hatch beyond the 4th day. Also, you shouldn’t mix mineral water with rain water. Mineral water alone will suffice.

      Maybe you could use the magnifying glass to see if there are any small triops moving about? It is difficult to spot them when they are tiny but you should be able to see them after a few days.

      If things still does not work out, it could be due to the triops eggs. Make sure you get the kit from licensed pet shops that are able to guarantee the authenticity of the triops eggs.

      Hope this helps!

      Best Regards,
      Melvin Lee

    • Melvin says:

      Hi Ivan, I think most probably its the kit that is not working. If not, it could most probably be the methods of hatching. Maybe you could use the magnifier to scrutinise and see if there are any triops. If not, then you might want to consider getting a new one.

      • ivan says:

        3rd box !! nvm i’m not stopping until i got it!
        thx for ur help 😀 i think i’m gonna wait for a few more days

      • Melvin says:

        Nice! Now that you have 4 right, do take very good care of them. As they are still very tiny, you do not need to do anything else but to feed them and watch them grow.

        To feed them, simply use the plastic spatula that is given in the kit, and then scoop some of the triops food and gently sprinkle them all over the water. I suggest that 2 scoops is more than enough. Don’t overfeed them as leftover food might pollute the water. =)

      • ivan says:

        i have no idea what is wrong! day 4 and 3 triops died everyday there is 1 triop that die -.- wow left 1 more wonder will it survive the night

      • Melvin says:

        I believe it could either be due to overcrowding or the lack of oxygen. Also, do remember to feed your triops and remove any leftover food to prevent water pollution.

  2. ivan says:

    i bought 2 kits from a pet stall near simei mrt .i onli managed to hatch 1 triop on my first kit… it died after 1 day D: now i’m still trying to hatch the 2nd one its already the 4th day and the eggs had not hatch!!! Help me plz the temperature is 28 degrees and i used a brand called Life distilled water….

    • Melvin says:

      Hi Ivan!

      May I know what is the brand of the kit that you bought and which pet stall you bought it from?

      The temperature should be just fine as it is within the range of a normal room temperature.

      For the water, I would recommend using Mineral Water instead of Distilled Or Pure Water as the water might be too pure/clean for the Triops to hatch and thrive. However, don’t throw away the water just yet and wait for another 2 days. If nothing happens, it most likely could be due to the fault of the kit.

      Do keep me posted on the progress and let me know if you need more information. Cheers! 🙂

      • ivan says:

        It’s UANTriops from Rainbow Fish Industries Pte Ltd
        And my i know how to get the triop eggs to sink??

      • Melvin says:

        Hi Ivan,

        UANTriops kit are quite reliable and I have had no issues with it so far. Basically, to set up the kit, you just have to do the following:

        1). Stick the temperature strip to the plastic dish.
        2). Fill the plastic dish with mineral water up to about 3/4 leve.
        3). Then pour the Triops eggs into the water and wait for 2-3 days for it to hatch.

        Hmms, why do you want to get the Triops eggs to sink? They should be floating on the water surface.

  3. leomelvintoh says:

    Hi Zephyraine,

    ahh, that’s a pity. When I first started, a total of 3 hatched but in the end, 1 died in its infant stage and the other died while shedding its skin. But yes, seeing just one Triops swimming around the container is cool too. I suppose you are not planning to breed the Triops right? Cause adding sand will allow your Triops to breed and lay eggs if its a female. 🙂

  4. Zephyraine says:

    Hi Melvin. Nope, I didn’t set it up with sand- they were in the container along with the eggs. Anyway, just to update you in case you were wondering, two Triops hatched. One died though. Kinda sad to see just one tiny creature swimming in the container, hahaha, but it seems happy enough. 😀

  5. Zephyraine says:

    Thanks for the info. I just got a kit myself. I see no red eggs among the sand though. -feels kind of paranoid- lol. I’ll just wait and see I guess…

    • leomelvintoh says:

      Cools! Welcome to the world of raising Triops! Hahas! Hmms, you mean you set up your tank just like mine, with sands? Honestly speaking, its very hard to spot the eggs, the vision is made worst with the colour of the sand as well. By tomorrow evening, you should be able to see some tiny triops swimming. =)

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