Triops already lived 220 million years ago and are thus the oldest still living animal species

Required equipment

Heating rod or not?


For triops cancriformis and a heating rod is usually not necessary, provided the room, in which the basin stands has an approximately constant temperature of 21 - 26 ° C.
For most other types, a heating element is recommended, depending on the required temperature.

The right pelvic selection

Main pool:                                                                            Rearing tank:
Triops-Hauptbecken Triops-Aufzuchtbecken

Approximately 1 - 2 weeks before the tricops are placed, a main pool should be used, in which the triops should be placed in the appropriate position
Size, should be set up and put into operation. It should have a volume from 12l. There are actually no limits to the top.

Here you will learn in detail how to make the Set up and install the main pool " 

Since the freshly hatched Nauplia are just 1mm in size, are very sensitive and have to find food, a rearing pool of approx. 1 - 5l volume is recommended.
By placing the rearing pool in the main pool (swimming) you reach a constant temperature and only needs to heat the main pool.

Here you will learn in detail how to set up the rearing pool. 

Alternatively, one could also operate the rearing and the later keeping in one and the same pool. For this purpose a basin of 5 - 10 L volume is recommended.

Pump / Filtering

Airlift Filters:                                                                             Air pump:

Triops-Lufthebefilter Triops-Luftpumpe

In the breeding pool should be no pump or filter, since the Nauplien can be attracted thereby. A soda could however be used about 4 days after the hatching of the Nauplien, but is not a must. Then, however, at a rather low level, so that the small triops are not hurled.
There should be a filter in the main pool. An air lift filter, which is operated with an air pump, has proven to be very successful. This variant is inexpensive and even small triops can not be dangerous.

The lighting:


A good lighting that lights up about 12 hours a day is also quite important, especially at the beginning of slip.
For this, a standard aquarium lighting with neon tube, or simply a desk lamp, main thing bright is recommended.
With sufficient sunlight (but not too much), it is e.g. In triops cancriformis not necessarily necessary to install an extra lighting.



Sand should be used as the bottom, the finer the better.
Here is quite normal aquariumsand from the building market or pet shop recommended.
The eggs of the large triops are placed in the sand.
Please enter the sand only in the main pool, or only when the triops are larger than 2 cm.

Never use bird or chinchilla sand, since it contains certain substances that are toxic to triops!


getrocknete Mückenlarven Granulatfutter Futtertabletten

As a feed one can use everything possible, e.g. Dried mosquito larvae, frozen mosquito larvae, daphnia, water fleas ...; fish food
The feed should contain as much protein as possible.
Only in the first 3-4 days after the hatch should be fed algae powder and very finely grated food. For this purpose, Flake food for fish.

Here you can get more informatione about the  " Topic food "



Plants, e.g. Water spills are also recommended in the main pool, since they absorb excess nutrients and produce oxygen. In addition, you can add balls, which are also very good pollutants. (Is not a must)



Snails are very helpful as they eat food and algae, so the water can not tilt so quickly. (Is not a must, and you should use it only if the triops are over 1.5 cm!)



A thermometer is very important in order to guarantee a suitable and constant temperature.
Accessories such as nets, wooden sticks, pipettes, disposable syringes, plastic bowls, etc. are often an advantage and the things that are also shown in the picture should not be missing.

It has proved to me the following for successful Triopshatching:

    • 12 liters of aquarium
    • 1-2 liters breeding basin (AZB)
    • Lighting (aquarium lighting, or even a desk lamp, main she does not warm the AZB!)
    • Fine quartz sand for the aquaristic (no bird sand or Chinchillasand!)
    • Diaphragm air pump with hose and air outlet for sufficient air supply (only in the large tank!)
    • Possibly heating element, depending on the type of tripping
    • Water plants (e.g., water spill or mosquito)
    • Food (At the beginning: dust feed, Later: Frozen food, normal fish feed)
    • Accessories: thermometer, landing net

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