Grow Your Own Sea Monkeys!

Grow Your Own Sea Monkeys!

WHAT EXACTLY IS A SEA MONKEY?
Sea monkeys are not actually monkeys and they do not live in the sea. They are best described as a breed of brine shrimp (Artemia) that lives in salt lakes but is produced commercially and sold as novelty pets. They became popular since they are easy to care for and only need a small tank to grow.

You can learn more about sea monkeys by visiting the links below:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brine_shrimp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AZJRpj3KHA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x21MdMabHcs

SETTING UP YOUR SEA MONKEY TANK
1) Use a clean plastic container that can hold at least two liters of water, Use one with a deep base as sea monkeys often enjoy swimming around at the base area of their tanks.
2) Fill it with water. You can use bottled, distilled or any form of unchlorinated water. Avoid using tap water as it contains fluoride which is harmful to your sea monkeys.
3) Once you fill the tank with water, put it in a spot of your house that gets indirect sunlight. The ideal temperature for the eggs to hatch is around 28 degrees celsius.
4) Stir in the contents of the “Nutrients” pack and let the water rest for 24 hours.
5) Add in the “Oxygen Beads” and empty the contents of the pack labelled “Sea-Spirit Eggs”into the tank. Stir the water a little to ensure they do not stick to the tank walls.
6) The eggs will hatch in around five days and begin swimming around in the tank.

CARING AND MAINTAINING YOUR SEA MONKEY TANK
1) On the 5th day from when your sea monkeys hatch, you can start feeding your sea monkeys using the “special-purpose feed” pack.
2) Use the small end of a feeding spoon to sprinkle a little food in their tank. You should give them a small spoonful of food every 3 days or so.
3) Do not give your sea monkeys fish food or foods other than the special feed.
4) Do not overfeed your sea monkeys as this will often kill them.
5) Feed your sea monkeys less food once algae develops in the tank. Green algae are a good sign as the algae actually acts as food and helps them stay healthy. You can switch to feeding your sea monkeys once a week once green algae begins to form in the tank.

OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES
1) Do not worry about cleaning the tank once the algae starts to develop. The tank may look green and full of algae but it is actually good for your sea monkeys that way.
2) Top up the tank with distilled or unchlorinated water when the water level goes down with evaporation.
3) Remember to discard away the water in your tank and clean dry everything after your project. This is to prevent stagnant water and potential mosquito breeding.

You may refer to the below link for more information on how to care for your sea monkeys.
https://www.wikihow.com/Care-for-Sea-Monkeys

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