My little girls are extremely inquisitive as one would expect given their ages.  The only thing that concerns me though is their fascination with bugs especially spiders eeekkkkk!  I’m really not a fan but I do like to do things at home with them that are educational.  With a science / medical background I am myself also interested in the natural world and all the beauty that can be seen within.  Now although I’m not into spiders I do like other sorts of weird and wonderful creatures so I thought as it’s the summer holidays it might be fun to in a sense, grow out own pet(s).  I discovered Triop World after a brief search.  It wasn’t hard to summon up my inner child and get the girls to assist me in my latest ‘science lesson’ Life Cycles.

Here’s the science part.  I feel like one of those women from the hair shampoo commercials lol.

Triop are great little creatures for science demonstrations plus you get all the fun of having pets but without the long term commitment.  Triops have been around since the Triassic period (the time of the dinosaurs) with fossils dating back 200 million years.  Triop normally live from 3 to 6 weeks but not to fear they normally leave eggs behind.  Even if you only have 1 Triop don’t despair as they often produce eggs without having to come in contact with another Triop (I’m leaving out any mating talk as my girls are way too young for that to be mentioned).

TriopThe best temperature range for Triops is between  21 to 31 degree C but they can survive at 15 degrees although this can greatly affect their survival, growth and fertility.

The girls were of course so excited they could pop when the package containing the Triops arrived.

DSC01739We followed the instructions and washed out the tank with bottled water and then dried it.

DSC01752The tank was ¾ filled with bottled water and allowed to reach room temperature.  Then the detritus containing the eggs was poured in and the sides were washed down to make sure that no eggs had stuck to them.

DSC01765Within 24 hours we had babies!!!  They were tiny at first but luckily for me I have superhuman vision so I could see them quite well.  On day 3 we put a tiny amount of food in.  We noticed that they were doubling in size each day and also moulting.

Size on day 3

The girls would stand watching the tank for ages, they loved watching the little creatures scurrying along the floor of the tank and swimming around.  We even had a torch next to the tank for the girls to shine in to take a good look.

Here are ours at 6 days old:

DSC01938You can even see parts of the exoskeleton that they shed each time they grow.  The instructions said that we could remove the detrius that the eggs had been combined with (the small brown pieces of what looks like bark) but we decided not to as our Triops seemed to have so much fun with it.DSC01939DSC01940P1150882Here you see our Triop shed it’s exoskeleton.

When our Triops reach 2 weeks we will add the sand provided in the kit.  This will help to keep the water clear and keeps the Triops busy as they search for food.  Our little pets may reach almost 7-8cm although they normally grow to 4-5cm.

The little ones are really enjoying having Triops and we would really recommend getting some for parents with young children from about 4+.

The Triop world kit contains everything you need but you can also purchase additional eggs and food, sand and tanks.

This is NOT a sponsored post.

Thanks to wikipedia for the first Triop photo.

18 thoughts on “Triops”

  1. My boys love things like this. But I’m too chicken to go near anywhere near it. They both want to share one for Christmas. I’m just hoping that they’ll have fun and take responsibility for looking after these creatures without mummy having to.

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  2. They look like very strange alien creatures! Our planet is amazing and this is a great kit to get everyone interested in the natural world. I would definitely buy this kit for my children.

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    1. We just used a pipette and sucked up some of the yucky stuff once a week once they had grown and added a little fresh water. The length they last depends on various factors so it depends.

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