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Conclusion

Our hypothesis has been proven to be correct. Higher concentrations of calcium in water will make brine shrimp eggs hatch more quickly.

Newly hatched brine shrimp larvae normally have very good nutritional properties. They are normally sold as fish food in aquarium shops. These young brine shrimp are rich in unsaturated fatty acids and lipids.

The ability of brine shrimp to remain in a dormant state for long periods has generated interest amongst scientists involved in researching technologies for space travel.

Also consider

Try using the eggs of different types of crustaceans, like prawns, crabs or lobsters. A larger sample should be used to improve the reliability of the results of our science experiment.

Try to repeat the science project, this time, observing the effect of adding other nutrients such as vitamin C or iron to the water.

References

Brine shrimp - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brine_shrimp

DIY hatching brine shrimp - http://saltaquarium.about.com/od/diyfeedersfoods/ss/sbshatchbrinesh.htm

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Complexity level:
8
Project cost ($):
30
Time required:
2 hours to prepare, 3 days for the science project experiment
Material availability:
Easily found at pet/aquarium store
Safety concerns:

None