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Tom Brine Shrimp Corral
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Product Description:
Tom Brine Shrimp CorralA unique system that hatches and feeds brine shrimp to your fish continuously-the saltwater and eggs in this hatchery do not mix with the tank water, yet the newly hatched shrimp can freely swim into the aquarium for your fish to eat
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User Ratings: (3 reviews)
Overall: 1.33
Value/Cost: 1.33
Effectiveness: 1.00
Quality: 1.33
Ease of use: 1.67
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Northernblades has used this product for 0-1 Month.
Overall Rating: 1/10 May 27, 2006
"I wish it were good enough to call #%$&"
Where to begin.

The air hose does not stay connected to the black connector piece; the black connector piece does not stay connected to the corral. The Corral does not stay connected to the Mounting bracket. Every time any one of these pieces fails. It dumps everything into the tank (not a huge deal anyway.)

After nearly 2 hours of having one piece fail ever time I set it up, I cried a little, yelled and screamed, and covered the entire thing in silicone. Everything from the hose, to the black “L” bracket, to the suction cup mounts. Cursed and swore for a while, and put it aside to cure.

I set up my trusty water bottle with air hose. And after 12 hours, Decided not to set up the Corral..

Even worse, in Canada the price is retarded
The US Big al’s $13.99
The Canadian big Al’s $27.99
Of which this particular Big Al’s (in Calgary) had it priced at 35$

You can’t tell me the Canadian dollar is that hurtful.

I feel targeted as a Canadian. As a result of these prices, this product, and the service received, I will not be returning to Big al’s Nor will I recommend the store, or the product.
jay003al has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 1.5/10 October 10, 2003
"it is not good for anything"
I thought that this would be a great product but it is not good for anything I would not buy it. If you want I will sell you the one I have ...
shaggyd714 has used this product for 0-1 Month.
Overall Rating: 1.5/10
"Don't Waste Your Time :("
Hey - Let me first say that this thing looks cool in your tank. . . it seemed like a viable idea when i bought it - the "salt" water doesn't have really much more salt than the water in a standard African Cichlid tank, so even if it does mix with your tank water (which they claim it doesn't) it's not going to hurt your fish.

Setup: easy - not much problem at all - although, the airline that cam with my Hatch n' Feeder wasn't rigid enough to stay connected to the air intake of the corral. The airline kept popping off of the intake. I had to splice in a piece of hard rigid tubing to connect to the intake. Then everything was fine. Pretty easy to setup.

Use: the theory behind the coral seems to be sound, however, in all practicality, it doesn't work as well as a good, old-fashioned do-it-yourself hatchery, so I'm told. The brine shrimp eggs are supposed to stay in the "egg chamber" section of the corral. I found that hardly any did due to the position of the air intake. The air would force the eggs to move forward and out of the egg chamber into the section below the tube where the shrimp were to swim out. As a result, many of the eggs became stuck to the sides of the corral instead of being suspended in the water of the egg chamber. I am sure that this affected the number of shrimp that actually hatched.

The eggs are supposed to float up to the top of the egg chamber so you can easily remove them. Instead, I found they float up to the top of the tube where the vent for the fish to swim out is located, which makes me a little concerned that these eggs ( and their bacteria) are getting into the tank, and therfore, my fishes' bellies.

I did see shrimp hatch. However, I have no idea if they were swimming out into the tank or not. The instructions vaguely state that "eventually" the shrimp will swim out into the tank, so, as a newbie to this deal, I'm expecting buttloads of tiny shrimp babies to go swimming out to get eaten. Nope. Some made it up the tube to where the vent is for them to swim out, but they pretty much stayed in the tube and went up and down, up and down, as far as I could tell.

I was also a little disappointed with the size of the shrimp. They were almost microscopic. I know that doesn't really have anything to do with the corral, but to the point, I'd like to have a system that would allow me to keep the shrimp fed for a few days, then release a whole slew of them into the tank so that my fish would be easily able to find them. You really can't control when the shrimp swim out with the corral, so that scenario is out of the question.

One last gripe - when I do a water change, the corral slips down and down and down and twists sideways as I remove water from my tank. There is only a single suction cup keeping it from toppling over and releasing tons of shrimp eggs into my tank water.

All-in-all, I'm very disappointed with the corral, and I'm planning on removing it from my tank, and setting up a do-it-yourself model. I know there's more work involved - but not much - and I can get the shrimp bigger and meatier for my juvenile and medium sized Africans.

I would not recommend this well-meaning, but faulty product.
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