Triassic Triops' fossil history dates back 200 million years, to the time of the dinosaur. With our Triops kits, prehistoric creatures spring back to life, by simply adding water. Witness how suspended animation saved this creature from extinction. Here is an economical way to get started growing Triops or to refill your other Triops kits. You supply the tank and the water. We supply the rest. Provided with spring water and light, the Triops will quickly grow to adult size of 2 or more inches in less than 30 days! Each kit contains a container of eggs, hatching 10- 20 creatures!
Nearly doubles in size daily Swims upsidedown Performs acrobatics Teaches science Simple to grow Easy to care for Fun to watch
What are they? Triops are crustaceans that look like miniature horseshoe crabs. Larger members of the crustacean family include crabs and lobsters. Smaller members are brine shrimp, fairy shrimp and Daphnia. Triops have a relatively short lifespan of 20 to 90 days and grow quickly to their adult length of one to three inches. How large they grow depends on the amount of light and food they receive. After hatching, they often double in size daily!
The bright colors of the Triops are due to hemoglobin in the blood and a dark blue-green pigment in the connective tissue. They are called branchiopods (gill foot) because they obtain oxygen from the water through their feet. The young quickly move through several larval stages, shedding (molting) their exoskeletons each time. Adults can complete their life cycle in under 30 days. Triops are usually in constant motion and have entertaining feeding and breathing patterns that include amazing acrobatics & upside-down swimming. While swimming on its back, the Triops is able to sweep food into its mouth by using its many legs.
This Kit Includes:
Food, Conditioner, Directions.
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