Product Type: The Gadget Shop Novelty Toy
Newest Review: ... it was suitable for the sea monkeys to live in, and the other sachet is what contained the sea monkeys, i am assuming in an egg-like f... more
Tiny but lots of fun!
Sea Monkeys Ocean Zoo
Member Name: Jenny_Summers
Sea Monkeys Ocean Zoo
Advantages: Makes a good present, relatively cheep, low maintenance
Disadvantages: may get boring over time
Some years ago, when I was 12, I received a glowing school report and my dad took me to our local Beatties Department Store to pick out something nice as a reward, well I made a bee-line for the toy section and eventually (after ogling all the toys and games for quite some time) I picked out a Sea Monkeys play-set, I believe it was the ghost pirate ship set. It's now nearly 11 years on, the play-set and the Beatties department store are long gone, but my love of sea monkeys remains as strong now as it did then. Well, you can imagine my delight when my nephew announced to me last year that he had discovered these as he put it 'fist things' called sea-monkeys and would like some as his present from me and his uncle for his birthday.
I ended up buying him the ocean-zoo set from amazon, there were 4 different color tanks to choose from, red, green, orange and purple. I picked the green one for him and paid just under 8 pounds for it with free super saver delivery, perfect as it allowed me to also buy him some other little bits and pieces and not go to much over the 15 pound limit my sister-in-law had set.
The set comes with the sea-monkey tank, a sachet of sea-monkey eggs, a sachet of food and a sachet of water purifier. It also comes with a measuring spoon for the food and a pipette for taking out the sea monkeys when you want a closer look at them.
On the day of his birthday we all went round for a 'birthday tea' and after he'd opened all of his presents I helped Tylor set the tank up in his bedroom. It's worth noting that the tank is pretty light so should be put in a location where you wont accidentally knock it over and should be kept out of direct sunlight so the tank doesn't get to hot and the water doesn't evaporate. I think he was a little disappointed at first as once you've set it all up according to the enclosed instructions (using bottled or filtered water and not tap water) you have to leave the water to 'purify' for at least 24 hours before you can add the sea monkey eggs. So I left my brother-in-law with strict instructions not to let him empty the eggs in until at least 5 o'clock the next evening.
The next day at about half 6 the phone rang, it was Tylor, sounding really miserable. He'd waited patiently until bang on 5 then emptied the eggs into the tank and.. nothing! He thought the eggs hadn't worked. What he didn't realize was that the sea monkeys are so tiny that for at least a week or so you wont be able to see them. After I had reassured him that this was normal he seemed to cheer up a bit and went off to wait for the sea monkeys to grow.
Then just over a week later we went down to my sister-in-law's for a visit. Almost as soon as I had walked in Tylor dragged me off excitedly to show me the sea-monkeys, low and behold, there swimming past the built in magnifying glasses on the front of the tank were several funny looking creatures. They were even odder looking than I had remembered, they're a variety of brine shrimp I believe and they do look very shrimp like.
He has only cleaned the tank out once up until now, the instructions say to tip a little of the water out and then top it up with fresh bottled water or filtered water. It's relatively easy to do although you do have to be careful not to tip away your sea monkeys, the pipette is pretty useful for retrieving them though. It doesn't require frequent cleanings unlike a fish tank as the sea monkeys eat algae so the instructions say if it gets a little cloudy to stop feeding them until the water clears up and in most cases this will do the trick.
All in all they were a great purchase, Tylor loves watching and feeding them once a week as is recommended in the manual. They are very low maintenance which is perfect for a busy young boy (or girl) to fit into their schedule and means parents don't get lumbered with taking care of them when the child gets bored.
If they lasted the 2 years they're supposed to the food looks like it would run out and you might have to source the food online because it isn't widely available. But it can be bought from the manufacturers website so that shouldn't be too much of an issue.
Summary: A good interesting toy for kids particularly those fond of animals.
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