Sea monkeys are a variety of brine shrimp that are naturally present in salt lakes. In lakes with high amounts of salt, the water is too salty that only brine shrimps and algae that they feed on can thrive.
An interesting fact about the brine shrimp is the capability to lay eggs that are encapsulated which are known as cysts. The cysts can shrivel up and stay viable for several years. Once you place the cysts in salt water, they can rapidly hatch and even reach maturity within 8 days. Remember that they can develop up to 30 mm or one inch long.
Time to add sea monkeys to a container
Today, you can easily purchase a packet that contains live eggs. Another option is to buy a starter kit that includes the eggs, food, water purifier, and feeding spoon.
Once you release the eggs in a tank or aquarium that contains pure water, they take on the form of miniature pinheads during the first few weeks. Therefore, you might be required to use a magnifying glass so that you can see them.
Generally, the sea monkeys have delicate, elongated bodies with a small head, whiskers and a pointed tail. After six weeks of their development, the head becomes prominently black. This is followed by the formation of bead-like eyes and well-defined body whiskers and a more pointy tail.
When sea monkeys are born, they only have a single eye. As they start to develop, two more eyes form in which they have a total of three eyes. Once they reach adulthood though, they will lose their third eye.
If you purchased a kit, it usually includes a water purifier. The water purifier or salt packet is essential for your sea monkeys since it allows them to hatch in the water and thrive.
Once you have filled your tank or aquarium with distilled or any type of unchlorinated water, pour the salt packet. Stir it into the water and let it sit in room temperature for a day or two before adding the sea monkeys so that the water is warm enough.
Along with your kit, it includes special food for your sea monkeys. In case you do not have one yet, you can easily purchase one. Furthermore, it is recommended to feed every five days. One way to determine if your sea monkeys are full is to check if they have a thin black line on their backs. Take note that this is their digestive tract and if it appears black, it simply means that they are full.
Just like with other types of crustaceans, they also feed on phytoplankton and algae in their natural habitat in the wild.
A minimal amount of food goes a long way since they are small in size. Avoid overfeeding them since any leftover food will eventually turn into waste that can produce ammonia. Consequently, the presence of ammonia can be detrimental to their health.
How long do they live?
With the advancements in technology and non-toxic chemicals, sea monkeys can instantly hatch, grow bigger and live longer than usual. Above all, if the conditions are good, they can last for up to 2 months.
Nevertheless, if you want to keep your sea monkeys in good health, you must provide the ideal living conditions by keeping the water clean and avoid overfeeding them. In addition, providing additional oxygen to the tank or aquarium can help in the overall maintenance.
So what are you waiting for? It is time to get a sea monkey kit to hatch your very own pets. If you want a low-maintenance yet interesting pet, choosing sea monkeys is a good choice.