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Sea monkeys will grow but you need the correct information
Member Name: buckhysen
Advantages: cheap, hassle free, fed once a week, little maintenance, grow quickly
Disadvantages: Pack misses out vital information to keep sea monkeys alive
I'm sure my children are like most of yours with regards to pets. They moan and moan and moan for a pet and then when you buy them one they show next to no interest.
In the past we've had countless hamsters, rabbits and gold fish and a dog. And every time it's been left up to me to feed and look after them.
So when my two kids started asking for a pet again late last year I was reluctant to say the least. Then browsing Hawkins Bazaar for Birthday presents one day I saw these 'Sea Monkeys' on special offer so after reading the info on the box I thought this would be an ideal small pet for the kids to look after and help grow.
The easy to use and grow pack includes everything you need to start off your sea monkeys, and it really is as easy as adding the water and purifier packet, waiting 24 hours for the water to purify and then add the eggs and watch them grow.
The included booklet doesn't really tell you how many sea monkeys will grow as it all depends on the water temperature, but I was hugely surprised to find after just three days about 100 tiny creatures swimming around the small aquarium.
'It really does work' I thought!
At first sea monkey's are so small you can barely see them, but you can tell the difference between them and any bits/eggs, etc in the water as they jerk about in their movement, and within just two days they were easily visible.
Now we come to the downside, and a BIG downside to these packs. One major thing that the instruction booklet does not tell you is that baby sea monkeys need oxygen to grow and survive. I read the instructions cover to cover and found no information about this.
So I was more than a little surprised when I awoke on day 5 to find no movement in the tank at all. Basically all 100+ sea monkeys had died.
I had a quick search on the net and found an extremely useful website from a sea monkey enthusiast which was far better than the official sea monkey website, and one of the first things mentioned on the site is that you have to blow oxygen into the tank from day one, at least once a day or the sea monkeys will die.
Seeing as though this is such an important process in keeping sea monkeys alive I find it amazing that the booklet has no information regarding this, and I suspect it is why so many people purchase these and then feel disappointed because their sea monkeys have died.
And this is why I have given sea monkey pack a 3 star rather than a 5 star.
After reading the website it recommended not throwing away the water as there is almost certainly eggs that have still not hatched, so instead I looked at how to get Oxygen into the tank.
And there are three ways you can do this....
1. Those who intend to continually grow sea monkeys can splash out (Excuse the pun) and buy a small airflow system which constantly blows oxygen into the tank. But at around £25 this might not be for everyone, especially as you can blow oxygen into the tank for free.
2. Buy one of those plastic droppers and blow air into the tank this way. I know there is a name for these things but I can't for the life of me think what it is. But basically you push the end and if it's empty it will simply blow out air.
3. Use a straw and blow into the tank for around 2 minutes a day (Which is what we do), especially in the first week or two.
All three of these methods will provide enough oxygen to baby sea monkeys and after doing this I discovered that the sea monkeys grow a lot faster when they have oxygen, so it is amazing how this is overlooked in the instruction manual.
Despite all the first sea monkeys dying, after a few days of blowing oxygen into the tank 12 new sea monkeys grew and are still alive today, around 6 weeks later.
They have mostly grown to around a 1 1/2 cms in length and look extremely healthy and active.
New eggs have also hatched this week so there are at least another 15/20 baby sea monkeys. Some of the original 12 are also carrying more eggs so we are expecting more in the coming weeks.
I can certainly understand people's frustrations with these small creatures and why sea monkeys have such a low rating with some, but armed with the correct information then it is far easier to grow these creatures and keep them alive for up to 2 years.
So I would recommend anyone buying these to search google for 'Sea monkeys' before starting off and find out all you need to know first. The official website is good but not perfect, but there are several other websites out there with lots of Frequently asked questions and answers to help you out along the way.
Once you have discovered the best way to grow sea monkeys then it is quite amazing to watch them in action, they seem to have different personalities and traits. Some spend all their time at the top of the tank, some at the bottom, some seem to swim very fast all day and night, and some seem to play with others.
You only have to feed them the tiniest amount once a week and if you watch them you can see if they have had enough food or not as they have a black line which runs through them, this is the food they have eaten.
Sea monkeys are not the most attractive creatures ever but for the price and the time it takes to look after them they are ideal pets for most children and adults to look after without too much worry.
The website also states that if you were away on holiday they can live for several weeks without food, which is another bonus in having them.
If you read the various websites first and know the best way to grow and nurture sea monkeys then they are the perfect pet for those who don't want the cost and restrictions of a bigger pet.
But the sea monkey pack is hugely let down by the lack of vital information to keep them alive. You can easily enjoy these pets for a long time by visiting various websites for information, but you shouldn't have to, it should all be included in the pack.
Summary: Sea monkeys are great little pets, unfortunately the pack info lets it down