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Goliath Aug. 25th, 2005 @ 10:03 am
He grows restless.

He's resumed speeding around the tank at top speed, with occasional stops to gnaw on the food pellet or frantically move some random rock.

He's also started dive bombing the others. He'll just be speeding along, and then DIVE, detour straight at another triops and throw him onto his back. I've only seen him attempt to gnaw on one of them (one that swam into his path), but that one managed to escape under the rocks fairly easily. Even the largest of the smaller ones are only about 3/4 the size of the bastard. Luckily for them, they seem to be fairly good at staying out of his way.

He's about half an inch now. The others are just starting to reach centimeter size. Someone appears to be much better at getting the food than the others.

The aquabatics are really quite amazing. He does all these little loops and rolls and spins. I need to stop forgetting my digital camera already.

I still need names for the others. I'm thinking of naming them after different types of food.

Fish Flakes and others Aug. 23rd, 2005 @ 03:29 pm
I can see at least 4 other slightly larger sized triops swimming around in the tank now. They have a tendancy to hide in the gravel while they ceaselessly move it around, so I can't really be certain how many there are. Goliath is still much much larger than the rest, though I can see the eyes on some of the others now as well. Goliath is closing in on a centimeter now, and I'm going to see about getting some photos of him tomorrow.

My fish tank came with a little packet of fishflakes, and today I decided to drop a few in there, just to see if they liked them. The fish flakes ended up looking absolutely enormous in comparison to the little guys, but that didn't stop them. The discovered that if they just clung to the bottom of it, eventually it would sink to the bottom, and they could proceed eating at a manic pace. I'm amazed at how frantically active these guys are. From all of the images, I'd imagined a slightly sluggish, slow moving bottom feeder species. Instead, I get spastic little creatures that are continually pushing the gravel around in case something cool is down there that they can't quite see.

I think next time I'm going with some darker colored sand, rather than primarily light pebbles. It seems like it would be easier to see them if the ground contrasted a bit more, and didn't offer quite so many opportunities to hide all day.

Goliath and More Aug. 22nd, 2005 @ 02:29 pm
It turns out that several triops survived the paint fume apocalypse, not just Goliath. He is, by far, the largest though. Also, the most energetic. The entire time I've been here today, he's just been zooming around the tank at top speed, doing laps. Every once in a while he'll zoom to the food nugget, eat for a few seconds, then commence hyperzooming around again.

He's about half a centimeter in length now. I can see his black little eyes, horseshoe crab carapace, and his full tail, where the others are still somewhat indistinguishable or vaguely defined. Most of the others are kind of slowly trawling along the bottom, moving around in the rocks, and hiding, occasionally moving up into the main portion of the tank, but generally remaining out of sight.

Perhaps they fear catching the attention of Goliath, destroyer of food pellets.

I saw him attack one earlier. Not in an attempt to eat him, it seems, but just to flip him over for getting in his way.

Paint Fumes Aug. 19th, 2005 @ 03:22 pm
Yesterday we were forced to leave work at around 2:30pm, as the enamel paint fumes became too much to bear. It seems as though it stayed that way for a good long time as well, as all but one of my triops (the large one that hatched first) appear to be dead.

I am quite irritated.

Poor little guys, they didn't even get the chance to start eating one another. I threw some more eggs in there, just on the off chance that Goliath doesn't make it. If he does, he's got a good two and a half day start on the others.

Eating Sea Monkeys Aug. 18th, 2005 @ 09:41 am
I am proud to say that this community is the only LJ listing 'eating sea monkeys' as an interest.

It's also the only one that lists 'extreme growth' as a interest. You'd think with over 8 million members that some bizarre fetish group or overly cocky guy out there would list that one, but for now it's just the triops and their propensity for doubling in size daily.
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» Day 2
I didn't post an update yesterday, as it wasn't a particularly interesting day in triops land.

I came into work yesterday morning to find two early hatchers, gleefully zooming around the tank. Throughout the day, several others started appearing as well. For a good two hours, they all congregated around the currently non-functioning bubbler tube. I'm not sure what the appeal was, but they still seem to think it's a pretty awesome hang out area.

This morning I came in to find that there are at least 10 of the guys in there, some noticably larger than others. The ones that hatched yesterday have visible tails, and can be seen zooming through the water from a foot or two away. The one or two that I speculate hatched last night or earlier this morning must be viewed from nearly right up against the plexiglass.

I have not yet begun the naming. I figure I'll do that around Day 8, when they're moving onto crushed food pellets. Pictures will follow when I can manage to get a good shot with my less-than-new digital camera that actually allows you to see them.
» Tank Secured
I have aquired a little 2.5 gallon tank for my desktop. I would have preferred something a tiny bit bigger, but this fits in nicely without taking up too much desk top real estate.

I was going to go with a Spongebob themed tank (the idea of them crawling over his perpetually cheery cartoon face while devouring their brethren amused me), but it ended up being too small and a little too obnoxious.

This is a little more classy, and includes some things the other didn't for a slightly cheaper price. I'll be setting it up shortly, and getting things ready for the hatching. With luck, I'll remember to bring my digital camera with me tomorrow, and will be able to take some shots as time goes on to chart their progress.

Also... Good names for Triops?

I have plenty of ideas, but I thought I'd see if anyone had any winners I hadn't thought of.
» Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
I forgot to mention...

If you happen to live in Seattle, you can find your ready to go Triops packages ($6.95 + tax) at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, down along the waterfront.

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
(206) 682-5844
1001 Alaskan Way # 54
Seattle, WA 98104

Easily found with http://maps.google.com
» Places on the web to find information and / or buy Triops
Probably the best page I've seen so far. This multi page website includes information on what a triops is, what it eats, what it takes to keep them, and a whole bunch of other info mixed with some humor and good deal of (oooooo) pictures.

Not a ton of information present on this one, but at least you can select a multitude of languages! Some basic information on what a triops is, and how to care for them. You can also (supposedly) order the Triops cancriformis species here when the shop is up and running.

Not really an informational site, but a good place to buy Triops online if you can't find them in a store near you. They do offer some good information on the critters at: http://www.discoverthis.com/article-triops.html

ThinkGeek also carries the Delux Kit. Cannibalistic mini critters evidently appeal to the geekside.

What can I say, people will make communities / groups about anything!
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