Toyops Deluxe Triops
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Triassic Triops' fossil history dates back 200 million years, to the time of the dinosaur. Triops are crustaceans that look like miniature horseshoe crabs. Witness how suspended animation saved this creature from extinction. Each kit is complete; containing everything you need to grow these amazing pets. 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! This deluxe kit includes a clear view aquarium with lid and decorative colored gravel, 30-50 cultured Triops eggs, food and nutrient packets, a thermometer strip, and a magnifying ruler.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #4948 in Toys & Games
- Brand: Toyop, Inc.
- Model: DLXTRI
- Dimensions: 6.00" h x 3.00" w x 7.00" l, 1.00 pounds
- Our Triops are always lab-raised to protect both kids and the environment
- This is the BIG kit and comes complete with easy view aquarium, fossil replica, thermometer, gravel, glow beads, magnifying ruler, and Triops eggs, nutrient, and food, of course
- Make great pets
- Teach about life cycles, marine biology, and more
- For children ages 8+
From the Manufacturer
Triassic Triops products are an award-winning line of educational science kits that feature playful shrimp that look like horseshoe crabs and date back to the Triassic Period in fossil records. Millions of kids have brought these prehistoric monsters -- also known as dinosaur shrimp -- back to life simply by adding water to the eggs of these “living dead” wonders.
it could use better instructions.
i have been growing triops with kits like this since i was a kid. i bought one of these kits recently and think its the best kit out there but the instruction manual has a lot of typos as well as some instructions i don't agree with based on personal experience. i have seen a lot of people complaining these kits don't work and are a scam so i am going to break down my advice.
1) never use tap or spring water. distilled water is only a dollar and change a gallon at any grocery or drug store and one gallon is enough to last the entire batch of triops life cycle. the instructions sort of suggest spring water as an ok substitute, but it isn't and cost about the same as a jug of distilled water so just get the distilled. the main reason these kits don't work is people just using tap water.
2) the warmer the better. the kits instructions suggest having the water's temp between 74 and 84 degrees f. the closer it is to 85 or 90 the more eggs you will have hatch. after they have had a few days to grow you can ease up on the temperature and they will live. use a lamp or place them near a window that is easily blocked with blinds to control the temp.
3) after a week when you take the nutrient pack out the water will start to get murky and eventually kill them if you don't do anything. you cant change all of the water in the tank but what you can start doing is scooping out a little water with a dixie cup and topping the tank off with distilled water thats the same temperature as the water in the tank. keep your water jug next to your tank so temps stay the same. scooping small cup of water and replacing it daily once the nutrient pack comes out will keep the water from getting soupy and nasty and add a few extra weeks to their life span.
4) if you don't want them to eat each other then don't underfeed them. people try and ration the included food packet in order to avoid running out of the food. after they are about five days old start feeding them teeny tiny pieces of chopped up carrot switched with fish every few days. little hunks of sardine canned in water have always worked fine for me and have the added bonus of me being able to share a lunch with my triops.
Cool, slightly disgusting, and educational (but don't mention this last one)
I didn't buy this for a child. Nope. I'm 30 and I decided it was high time to get myself a triops. It was a bizarre and rewarding experience.
Triops are actually a type of shrimp that spend their egg stage in diapause. Their dry tiny eggs can literally last years and years and years. And in the dessert climates where these little suckers are found, that's what they do until rainy season comes along. And then BAM--local waterholes and puddles are swimming with the little guys, who then eat and eat and eat and eventually lay some more eggs just before the whole puddle dries up. Scientists are still trying to figure out how diapause works.
So, I read all about this and got pretty excited. The picture makes a triops look like a mini horseshoe crab--which is pretty accurate. You just put water in the flimsy plastic container and dump in the contents of the pack. Within a day or so, you notice several very small somethings bopping about. Over the next week, these somethings grow very rapidly.
Now, why are they gross? Some people think they look disgusting, but here's the real reason why they're a bit gross--The water gets fairly murky and the critter itself is voracious and has no qualms about eating its siblings (I finally decided not to name any of them--they're far too short-lived and I just couldn't tell them apart). I started out with about six triops and eventually was down to four, then three, and you guessed it, one. You can't change the water (you do however top it off), because you might change the ph balance or it could lose nutrients, so you're left with tidbits of previous triop snacks floating around. And that's gross. Other than that, it is utterly fascinating and guaranteed to give your friends the heebie jeebies when they come over for dinner and find the triops bowl on top of the kitchen counter.
Word to the wise: ditch the plastic aquarium and go for something a little more substantial, like a wide mouth aquarium--just make sure to use the same water measurements. Your triops display will look ten times better and you won't have to worry about bumping the plastic and spilling any triops goo.
Good fun for a few days..
Last year some of my college roommates and I found a little envelope of these things in an old box and figured "why not give it a try?". Assuming we'd be growing some brine shrimp or something we threw them in some spring water and let em go. After a day or so we were about to throw them out, but noticed a small amount of life squirming in the bowl. The grew and after a few days we had a handfuk of triops getting bigger and bigger. They were awesome until they started eating each other. Cannibalism seemed not to be a problem for triops. Some of us became heartbroken when we would awake the next morning to find little legs and tail in the bottom of the bowl. One large one eventually took over the bowl until only he remained. The water got very murky and we attempted to clean and replace the water, but soon after refilling the bowl the triop floated to the top. We figured out later our roommate had used the wrong water. Very sad. So... good fun for a week or two, but try not to get attached and make sure you're using the right kind of water.