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(Note: the Plasma in the new kits is labeled packet #4)
- 'Sea-Monkian' Museum (antique acessories or packets that are becoming extinct)
Here we have my favorite pastime as a child. The Amazing Sea-Monkeys. Thanks to my Mom who ordered a Sea-Monkey kit in the early 70's, I became a fan for life. A few years later I mail ordered more sets and acessories, due in part to a promotion here in Puerto Rico. My love of Sea-Monkeys inspired an interest in biology and chemistry, a field I would have persued, if I hadn't been introduced to computers. I like experimenting so much, that I developed new formulas, and different methods of raising Sea-Monkeys. I even developed various natural habitats (unfortunately these were destroyed by tropical storms and rabbits!).
The scientific name of this species is "Artemia Salina". They are saltwater shrimp, used for many years as fish food because of their high protein content, until Mr. Harold Braunhut discovered that they were better pets than the fish and developed formulas to grow Sea-Monkeys in a unique and fun way. First sold as Instant Life, Mr. Braunhut thought they looked like little monkeys swimming around with their long tails.
The name given to the Artemia that are raised in the labs is "Artemia NYOS" (from New York Ocean Science). This new hybrid specie of Artemia was given the name "Super Sea-Monkeys" because it grew rapidly and lived longer:
|Species of Artemia||Time to maturity||Life Span|
|Artemia Salina ("Brine Shrimp")||12 to 16 weeks||couple of months to a year|
|Artemia NYOS (called as "Hybrid Super Sea-Monkeys")||4 to 6 weeks||up to two years|
These 'Artemia NYOS' or 'hybrid Super Sea-Monkeys' are now an integral part of the modern kits and are commonly known as Sea-Monkeys.
As a historical fact, the current packets suffered a change of label a few years back, when the "Growth Food" packet #4 was changed to packet #3, this because Plasma (labeled then #3) was not included in all the kits. To avoid confusion, "Growth Food" was label #3 and Plasma #4 as it actually and officially is today. This change of label probably forced the manual to be rewritten (and I have proof which will be included in the Personal Museum). See my Instructions where you can read about the procedures I personally follow.
Artemia is commonly known as Brine Shrimp, and exist in its natural habitat in the "Great Salt Lake" in Utah, because only Artemia can survive in those levels of salt concentration. The name scientists have given the amazing rare process of the 'dryed-out', unborn eggs found in the kits, is "cryptobiosis" which means "hidden life". They actually exist in 'suspended animation'. Sea-Monkeys® are real time-travellers, asleep in biological time-capsules.
- Historic Catalog (a time line of how the formulas and kits evolved thru time)
Raising Sea-Monkeys has a high educational
value that surpases in my opinion, other similar species, for example, Triops.
Here you'll find a comparison of Sea-Monkeys vs. Triops based on my personal experience. I am aware that this may seem biased to Triops lovers, but as a Sea-Monkey breeder for 25 years, I'll use my free speech to present the case of the "Amazing Sea-Monkeys" vs. "The Terrible Triops".
|Qualities to compare||Sea-Monkeys||Triops|
|** RESULTS **
For unsurpassed educational and entertainment value:
(Educational objectives: Biology, cause and effect, logical thinking, following instructions, observation)
Lately, many toy stores have been selling kits with formulas and tanks. Many people who buy these kits feel frustrated because even though the instructions are clear, they do not answer all the doubts or questions that may arise.
If you are about to buy one of these kits, be ready to buy, or take extra precaution that the manual doesn't say or spell out clearly, for example:
If your Kit includes the Plasma
packet, wait two or three days after adding the Plasma before feeding them. Even
though the new Manual indicates that the Plasma should be added at ten days of
life, I have found that it is too late to help the baby Sea-Monkeys survive. This is
just a suggestion based on my personal experience, by no means do I assume any
responsability for any mishaps, but I can assure that following my method many more
Sea-Monkeys will survive.
Most probably the new instructions on the use of Plasma are due to the change in labeling that the formulas underwent a few years ago, when various distributors had control of the sale of the kits. Thanks to ExploraToy this situation is now stable. You can read about my theory on this case in the "history" section.
NOTE: Follow the Plasma 3 packet instructions if you have a Magic Castle or other non-standard (non Micro-View) container that requires the use of the Aqua-Leash to mix the formulas.
If you are really interested in this hobby,
order items like 'Jumbo Plasma', 'Water Purifier', 'Aqua Leash', 'Million
Bubbles Air Pump' (formerly known
as 'Oxy-Mist', to oxigenate the water),
'Sea-Medicine' and maybe another food packet (each food packet can last a year!).
A packet of 'Water Purifier' and a packet of 'Jumbo Living Plasma' make a quart (32 ozs.) of formula, that can be used to separate Sea-Monkeys into various containers (using the 'Aqua-Leash').
That way you can separate;
or simply to clean or change the water in tank where you keep your Sea-Monkeys.
How should you clean the Sea-Monkeys water? This is done by empting the contents from the tank to a clean container, carefully , so as to leave only a small amount of water on the bottom (where all the sedimentation is found), clean the tank with some distilled water (be sure to throw out the wash water), then empty the formula in the clean tank. The amount of formula that you threw out with the sediments can be replaced with some prepared "Jumbo Living Plasma". You could also prepare a small packet of Plasma, but this only makes 6 ozs. of formula.
The Artemia Lake screensaver (an 'interactive virtual pet' screensaver)
The Sea-Monkey® Plasma Blast (a Sea-Monkey® Windows® action game)
The Artemia Desktop Toy (a Windows® Desktop Pet Toy)
- The Sea-Monkey Project (to plan your Sea-Monkey family)
- Questions and Answers (a new section where I will answer the most uncommon questions.
I'll be answering many of these questions in the 'Frequently Asked Question' column in the 'Monthly News' section.
- Breeding of Artemias (how to breed artemias)
(all price quotes may vary)
"Magic Castle" Aquarium One of the most innovative and complete kits. This tank is different from the common Sea-Monkey tanks and has a pretty castle inside. Includes the packet of 'Plasma' and an 'Aqua-Leash'. US $9.99 at Amazon.com
"Ocean of Light" I declared this item, "Amazon BEST-BUY kit". Complete kit with tank, also includes 'Light Up Ocean Zoo Aquarium Cover' (2 AAA battery not included) and includes the 'Plasma' packet. US $11.99 at Amazon.com
"Ocean Zoo" Basic kit with tank. US $6.99 at Amazon.com
"The Ultimate Guide to Sea-Monkeys" The Sea-Monkey Lady tells everything you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask. US $13.95 at Amazon.com
Or press GO! for a complete list of Sea-Monkey products on Amazon...
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