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|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION|
|Q: How to tell them apart?|
Maybe you think this question is a little 'old', but I have to answer this many times, and I expect from now on, to redirect all questions regarding 'How to tell boys from girls' to this month's newsletter issue.
My conclusion is that there's a lot of kits sold that don't include the official handbook. Kits like The Magic Castle, the 'Original' Sea-Monkey kit, the Bonus Pack and the Aquarium Watches for example. So, this is a 'valid' question for these Sea-Monkey owners.
To make this answer an interesting one to the 'experts' group, I prepared a short video, and I'll also give some interesting info included in different editions of the manual starting from the 1967 version. In the short video, now included in the Sea-Monkey Cam section, you'll see a male, then a female and finally both of them swimming together. Casually the day I took the video footage, the male was experimenting a new diet and you can see the effect of this on their digestive system by looking at his "long tail".
When born, babies Sea-Monkey jaws are the most noticeable thing you can spot because they look like little arms that help them to swim, that eventually will not be necessary for these purposes as their fins start to appear. When their 11 pairs of fins are formed, male antennaes start to transform into large, strong graspers and the female antennaes transform into tiny sensorial appendages. She also develops a noticeable ovisac where the male clutches her when they mate. She usually grows larger than males (up to 3/4" and males up to 1/2" in favorable conditions) In normal circumstances (found in nature, on 'wild' Artemia species) a large 3/4" female can lay 200 eggs (live or unhatch) every five days during a month.
It is also worth mentioning that their 11 pairs of fins have 3 important functions; it helps them to swim, to feed and to breath. One thing you can find in ALL Sea-Monkey handbook versions is the mention of "whiskers that grows below their chin" when referring to the male graspers, and "pill-like egg sacs" when referring to female ovisacs.
The "Dr. Kronkeit" comedy (?) routine mentioned in current manuals, started to appear since the mid 70's version of the handbook. New "yellow" handbooks discarded the fact that Sea-Monkey females have a shorter life-span than males. If I was the editor, I would discard the "funny" Kronkeit routine mentioned and leave the more realistic female's shorter life-span note.
Did the hybrid females species live as long as their male counterpart? I can't tell for sure, but this kind of ommision is not difficult to understand as they changed some procedures several times and as time passes and new formulas are developed, they learned new discoveries and created new procedures, and I guess they don't want to confuse their readers by supplying "old data" in their newer handbooks.
BUT, no matter how hard they try not to confuse breeders, the feeding and Plasma procedures for example, still confuse some people anyway, because several instructions for their uses are found in the many kits out there, the only suggestion I give to my visitors with such doubts, is to "stick" to whatever their kits says to do regarding the feeding or Plasma procedures.
I hope this explanation helps my visitors to learn how to tell boys from girls. It is very exciting to know that Sea-Monkey females and males have very remarkable differences that can make it easier to tell them appart, compared to other criatures related to this species, right? Ops, Ops, Ops, that's Tri-ops! :)
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