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|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION|
|Q: Do Sea-Monkey® really change colors?|
|A: I noticed a lot of confusion and some misinformation about the 'new'
ability of changing color that Sea-Monkeys® appear to have, and some controversial issues
about the Red Magic Vitamins.
If you were a Sea-Monkey® owner in the 70's, I bet you'll understand the origins of this confusion. Back then, the Sea-Monkeys® had a pale color, mostly because their food was based on yeast and/or other flour. Sea-Monkeys® are by nature, a good example of "you are what you eat".
By the way, I know persons that have "smell" memories when I mention them Sea-Monkeys®, can't remember how they look, except for the humanoid cartoons, but they can remember the particular "smell" that the formulas had back then, when the food was just a "yellow" dust. I remember that the food also contained some water coloring ingredients, the water always had a perfect green color.
Because Sea-Monkeys® have transparent bodies, the colors you are actually seeing is the color of the particles they're feeding at, and the hemoglobin cells in their blood stream. In the 70's, the only food that seems to help promote the hemoglobin cells levels, and had a direct effect on the color of their bodies, was Red Magic (hence its name). It was the only algae-based food then.
Sea-Monkey® food ingredients moved from yeast to algae, now today's food have the same properties that Red Magic had in the 70's, so it is no surprise to me that many Sea-Monkeys® of the 90's had the ability to change to red "hues" of color. When they finally changed all food recipes to the more healthier "algae" ingredients, I noticed that by then, Transcience added an extra red hue to the Red Magic food, but nowadays, the food evolved and now it has the same color and texture as Super Food or Growth Food. The new packet has no more references to the ability to change Sea-Monkey® colors to a "red tone".
What other factors can make ALL of your Sea-Monkeys® to suddenly turn "red"? High concentration of salts in the water, direct exposure to sunlight (beware!), lack of oxygen in the water (caused by overfeeding and/or evaporation, that can be combined by several "stressfull" factors like lack of food on an overpopulated tank ...very rare to happen to you!).
Don't be alarmed!, it is very improbable that a "red" hue means something to be worried about in a Sea-Monkey® family! They're usually associated with good health, but I like to mention that these other factors exists when breeding mass cultivation of Artemias.
So, Sea-Monkeys® really change colors and it is no longer associated with a particular Sea-Monkey® kit (as stated on the Ghostly Galleon box)
There's no coincidience that Sea-Monkeys® have a new
ability to live for a long periods of time... A quality that they didnt have in the
60's... a quality given by a more healthy diet. Hey, if it can work for
Sea-Monkeys®, maybe we can also live longer if we too, stick to a healthy diet! ;)
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