The topic of brine hatch rates and cost effectiveness keeps coming up in conversation, and I answered a post on the MAS forum with this: Randy described the process to decapsulate eggs, which renders 100% of the eggs edible for the fish. Hatch rates will improve slightly as well. The big advantage to live decap is they do not require the separation of inedible (shell and unhatched cyst) from the edible. There is the added cost of the chemicals needed to decap and store the eggs. Let's call that number a round $3 per pound (probably high if you do this a lot and buy the chems in large quantities). The result would change the chart to this: 90% 10 grams/hatch $49/can 45 hatches $1.09/hatch 80% 10 grams/hatch $38/can 45 hatches $.84/hatch (based upon my price... which is BSD's case lot price) 75% 10 grams/hatch $35/can 45 hatches $.78/hatch 65% 10 grams/hatch $29/can 45 hatches $.64/hatch I find it enlightening that the best savings for making decap is only $.06/hatch using the lowest grade cyst. The difference is too minimal (in my opinion) to bother decapsulating anything higher than the 65% cyst.