Product Type: Sea Novelty Toy
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Sea Monkeys Big Show Projector
Member Name: mumto3
Sea Monkeys Big Show Projector
Advantages: unusual pet - easy to keep - light helps you see the creatures better
Disadvantages: expenisve compared to basic tank - projection quality isn't great
My eldest son is quite hard to buy for as he seems to be too old or too young for the toys available or things are ridiculously expensive for a piece of poorly built rubbish. This year my son asked Father Christmas for Lego which I bought but then I saw the Sea Monkeys on www.amazon.co.uk and felt that this could be quite a good gift for him.
I shopped around and found that Sea Monkeys are widely available online for around £10 for the basic kit. While searching I found the Sea Monkeys big show projector available from Argos in their half price toy sale for just over £11.
With this set you get the Sea Monkeys tank, the show projector base, a stirrer, a small feeding spoon, a magnifying glass, a packet of water purifier, a packet of Sea Monkeys and a packet of sea monkey food. You also receive an instruction sheet, an order form for more sea monkeys, purifier and food and battery instructions.
To operate the light you need two AAA batteries these are not included. The batteries fit inside a secure compartment in the base and you need a screwdriver to open and close this. The base that has the light in it can be removed from the tank without upsetting the sea monkeys when the batteries need replacing.
To set up your tank you will need a small bottle of spring water but not sparkling. You only need about 10floz but you will need more over time to top up your tank due to evaporation.
Once you have everything you put the recommended amount of water into the tank up to the fill line. Once you have filled the tank with water you need to add the contents of the water purifier packet and stir it up using the special stirrer provided. Unfortunately setting up the tank does take a few days. Once you have added the purifier you must leave the tank for 24 hours before you add your Sea Monkeys. Once the 24 hours has elapsed you simply tip the contents of the sea monkeys' packet into the prepared tank and give it another stir. Depending on the light and temperature the sea monkeys will take up to 5 days to hatch.
At first the sea monkeys are tiny and very hard to see even with the magnifying glass but each day you see more and more as they hatch and grow bigger. The sea monkeys will grow to about ½ an inch long and should be fully grown in about four weeks. According to online information regarding the sea monkeys they will start to make and produce yo9ung once they have reached their full size.
The sea monkeys will need feeding a tiny amount of food using the small end of the spoon provided about once a week but according to the instructions they don't need to be cleaned out. I found the comic book style instructions a little lacking in information so I went online to the official sea monkey's site and watched a video showing how to set up your tank. According to the information in the pack the sea monkeys should last two years but additional packets of purifier, food and sea monkeys are widely available online.
My son was very pleased with this gift and I think the fact that it is a little unusual appealed to him. We have had many pets and these are definitely the easiest to keep but have still caused quite a stir in our house. Unfortunately we are now on our second batch of sea monkeys and it is only three weeks since Christmas. Our first attempt was going well and we had managed to hatch quite a few Sea Monkeys and we could see them swimming about without using the magnifying glass but they still weren't quite big enough for the light show. It was on feeding day that my eldest daughter decided to lift the tank up and have a good look at the sea monkeys up close. Yep you guessed it she dropped the tank and the whole contents water and sea monkeys came out all over the work top and onto the floor. If it had happened with a goldfish at least I could have scooped it back into the tank and added more water.
To operate the projector you place the tank near a wall or other plain surface and switch on the light. The light then shines through the water and the sea monkeys silhouettes appear on the wall. This effect could be replicated with a small torch just as easily which was why I would not have bought this at full price.
We have now had our second batch of sea monkeys for almost two weeks and they are getting quite big now. You can clearly see them swimming about and they have had some food and seem to be thriving. We tried the light show for the first time today and I have to say it was a little disappointing. I am still hoping that it will work better once the sea monkeys are full grown but at the moment all you can see is little blob shapes wiggling about and no detail at all.
Having the light shining through the tank does make the sea monkeys easier to see when they are small and the light does seem to make them more active but I don't think this effect is worth paying approximately £10 over the price of a basic tank.
If you are looking for something a little different or want a low maintenance pet I would recommend this toy. When asked at school what he had received for Christmas my son only mentioned his Sea Monkeys so I am happy that this was a good choice.
Shop around to get a good price for this or any of the many different styles of Sea Monkey tanks and certainly don't pay full price for this tank.
Summary: An unusual interesting gift if bought at the right price
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