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Tips on Raising Sea-Monkeys

My tips:

1: Never forget to feed you're Sea-Monkeys. Also, remember not to overfeed! Here's why (sent to me from a friend):

I have had my sea monkeys since Jan 1 1997. They were thriving and laying eggs and were fairly big. They had their first batch of babies --I'd say about 15 along with 20 adults-- and I became too excited and overfed them. In one day they are almost all dead.

2: Always remember to give you're Sea-Monkeys some air, at least once a day, with the "million bubble air pump" (item no. 70).

3: Never let your water level go below 1 inch because when I did that, they didn't grow.

The following are sent in from friends:
WARNING! I have not tried some of these tips myself and it's possible that some may harm your Sea-Monkeys. Please tell me if they do.

I just bought the million bubble air pump and I recomend pumping it 2 times a day because my sea monkeys are more healthy and frisky now.

The new hybridized SeaMonkey formula comes with updated instructions to ensure a healthy family. One of the things the book now says is to aerate the tank after the second day. The author suggests dumping your tank back and forth between a jar (sounds too dangerous!) OR using the company's "aqua pump". However, to use the company pump, you would have to wait 4-6 weeks for delivery. Who can wait that long to hatch their new friends? I came up with a handy "field expedient" pump that you can make for almost nothing.

All you need is a straw from any fast food chain, a zip-loc bag, and some scotch tape.

1.) cut one corner on the bottom of the zip-loc bag just big enough to get a straw through. NOT the side with the zipper.
2.)insert one end of the straw through the hole.
3.) use a piece of scotch tape to make an air tight seal between the bag and the straw.
4.) stick the straw into the seamonkey tank, ensuring the end of the straw touches the bottom of the tank(this keeps the bubbles from being too large and splashing you finned friends out of their watery sanctuary)
5.)seal the zipper on the bag to capture air
6.)SLOWLY squeeze the air out of the bag
7.)open the zipper to captch more air and reseal
8.)return to step 5 until sufficiently aearated.

I reccomend practicing in a cup of water to prevent rash and careless deaths!

Remember don't feed your Sea-Monkeys straight after they're born because they might die and don't think they're not hatched when you put the eggs in because you can't see them.

Always reward your Sea Monkeys after they do something spectacular, like a trick. I recommend the Banana Treat that can be ordered in the instruction manual. Remeber DO NOT FEED THEM TOO MUCH, THEY WILL DIE!!!

I used to keep my sea-monkeys in my room down-stairs, and to make sure they were getting enough light, I put a desk-lamp next to them while I went to school (Iím 13 years old). The lamp had a 60-watt bulb in it and soon it fried Ďem. I wrote to Transcience Corp. And asked them what the best source of light was, I soon found out itís indirect sunlight. I read the "official sea-monkey handbook" and it said that warmer waters will stimulate them to mate more often. I now keep my monkeys next to an up-stairs window on a tall file-cabinet, accept on cloudy, rainy, or snowy days, Iíll put them on the window sill. When theyíre old enough to mate, I put them in direct sunlight to heat up the water and make them mate.

I got this tip from a person who has had sea monkeys for ages. If you run out of food there is an alternative then sending away your money to the Transcience Corporation. You can use gold fish food, not the flake stuff but the granulated kind (this has been tested).

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