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Toyops Deluxe Triops

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  • 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+
  • Use PETCO Beta Water sold in a ready to use bottle. Available at and pet superstores to assure the health of your Triops
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Product Description

Product Description

What exactly are Triops? -- Triops are crustaceans that can be traced back to prehistoric times. Triops are brightly colored due to hemoglobin in the blood and pigment in their connective tissue. These three-eyed creatures grow up to 3 inches in length in their 20-90 day life span, sometimes doubling in size in a single day! Very resourceful, they obtain oxygen from the water through their feet and sometimes swim on their backs, sweeping food into their mouths using their many gill feet. Deluxe Triassic Triops includes everything you need to launch your journey into the world of Triassic Triops. Hatch, grow, observe, experiment and document these ages-old creatures.

• Deluxe easy view aquarium with lid (11" x 6-1/4" x 4-1/2")
• Magnifying lens/ruler
• Hatching dish
• 80 Triops eggs (lab grown and USDA inspected)
• Adult and Baby Triops food
• Thermo strip
• Pipette
• Decorative gravel
• Fossil replica
• Educational booklet
• Instructions
• Conditioner

Benefit over competition – Eggs are grown indoors and never taken from nature.

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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7 x 3 x 6 inches
Item Weight 12.3 ounces
Shipping Weight 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number DLXTRI
Manufacturer recommended age 8 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #91,735 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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#1,480 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Science
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By Jason M. Forster on June 5, 2009
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.
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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.
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My girlfriend told me about these and how weird they were so we ordered a set. Shipped and received quickly. Fairly easy to get things set up (you will need some distilled water and a lamp to heat it to around 76-80 degrees Fahrenheit though). Young children will certainly need help in the beginning. It constantly warns you about not handling the nutrient pack and to wash your hands if you do. If I were a kid I'd probably try to eat it because of this warning ("I wanna turn into a triop!!!").

It comes with a fossil but its claim to the name is dubious due to the sticker on the underside which reads "Made in Taiwan". It could be that the fossil was extracted from what is considered to be present day Taiwan. You can use this fossil to teach your child about international diplomacy and the relativistic nature of national sovereignty in certain areas of the world.

I've spent hours staring at the little guys foraging. Rooting for the little ones and punishing the big one that is mean like a god ruling over his fearful subjects. In some ways I worry that a child who rules over them will go mad with power, eventually resulting in his/her demise (see comment about potentially toxic nutrient pack). I don't think this is likely though, considering there are plenty of outside bugs that received similar treatment by me as a child and I turned out fine (if you consider a 24 year old developing a minor deity complex over little shrimp like creatures in a tiny tank "fine").

Anyway, best of luck. My advice is to perform a minor miracle right after they hatch (red food coloring could easily be mistaken by their tiny little brains for turning water into blood). This will help ensure their piety.
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