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Emergency Instructions:

If You're Sea-Monkeys Do NOT Hatch Instantly

From the Official Sea-Monkey Handbook:

If you're Sea-Monkeys DO NOT HATCH ON TIME, check the following list to FIND THE REASON. Do not make the mistake of throwing out the water if you do not see them at first. Remember, except for ONE CHANCE in a MILLION, your Sea-Monkeys ARE ALIVE and WELL! These emergency instructions will solve any problem you may have.

1: Your failure to SEE them is one of the COMMONEST reasons for thinking they did not hatch. When born, Sea-Monkeys are as tiny as a pinpoint sized "dot" of white. Also, very FEW may hatch at first, and THESE may be hiding among other particles in the water. You must SEARCH very carefully, in plenty of light, for the tinest of MOVING specks that wiggle and swim.

2: They will NOT hatch ON TIME if you fail to WAIT LONG ENOUGH for the water, purified with Package No. 1, to CURE. After you have added Water Purifier, you must not put in Package No. 2 untill AT LEAST 24 to 36 HOURS have passed. This gives the Water Purifier chemicals the time needed to eleminate toxic elements and prepare the INSTANT "reactor" catalyst that makes the Sea-Monkeys appear to hatch ON CONTACT with the water. If you added Package No. 2 TOO SOON, set the container aside for ONE DAY. You will have your Sea-Monkeys on the SECOND DAY.

3: If you added BOTH packages No. 1 AND No. 2 to the water at the SAME TIME, that Sea-Monkeys CAN NOT HATCH INSTANTLY. This mistake will NOT ruin your attempt to produce them, fortunately. Set the container aside for TWO DAYS. You will have your Sea-Monkeys on the THIRD DAY.

4: Sea-Monkeys WILL NOT HATCH if you measured the WRONG AMOUNT OF WATER that should be used. You must use EXACTLY 12 ouncesof water to get Sea-Monkeys to hatch "on the button". Failure to use the RIGHT QUANTITY of water will NOT ruin the experiment. It WILL however cause a DELAY. If YOU used too LITTLE water, simply add MORE to arrive at the RIGHT AMOUNT (12 ounces). If you OVERDID IT and added TOO MUCH water, let the container STAND until it has EVAPORATED to the proper amount. DO NOT DRAIN OFF excess water. The QUANTITY of formula provided in the two packets No. 1 and No. 2 is the amount of chemicals needed for 12 ounces. Too much water DILUTES the formula. Too little water CONDENSES it. Sea-Monkeys WILL COME TO LIFE when the RIGHT AMOUNT of water is present in the container and you allow for the correct length of time. Item No. 50 Micro-Vue OCEAN-ZOO hold the right amount of water. For more details, see Parts and Supply List.

5: Incorrect ROOM TEMPERATURE can DELAY hatching. Ideally, the temperature should be 70 degrees Farenheit. Lower temperatures of say 60 degrees F. or less, or rapid temperature changes will delay the hatching time AFTER you have added Package No. 2 Instant Life according to the instructions. If this is YOUR problem, put the container in a light, warm area, and let it stand undisturbed. You will have your Sea-Monkeys within TWENTY-FOUR HOURS.

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