I meant to post an update on the Triops.. we were unsuccessful again. DD is very sad, we were looking forward to having little pets in the house again at least for a little while. We will try again but worry it is a bit cold and dark in the house right now. Check in over the summer, when it is warm and bright, and hopefully we will have better luck then.
After two unsuccessful tries, we are planning to clean the aquarium, buy a new batch of eggs and try again… Failed experiment is also part of science and learning. DD is not happy and disappointed but tenacious and we will have our triops some day.
It is time for our first fun science experiment of the year… We picked up a kit to hatch and grow “prehistoric fish”! It should be interesting to say the least. The fish do not survive long which is both good and bad as we do tend to get attached to our pets regardless of type or size. The eggs hatch in 1-2 days, they can reproduce within 3-4 weeks. Triops or longtail tadpole shrimp is a freshwater crustacean found in freshwater ponds or pools. It is is considered a living fossil as its morphology has hardly changed for million years, exactly matching their ancient fossils. It is one of the oldest species known. The Smithsonian kit comes with container, castle, sand, food pellets and Triops eggs. We had fun assembling it with another family and the great fish tadpole watch has started… We anticipate viewing the first swimmers in …Read more