How to raise Sea-Monkeys in 3 easy steps
If you are ready to embark on your own Sea-Monkey adventure and have your kit and packets all laid out and ready, then just follow these easy instructions and you too can have your very own colony of delightful Sea-Monkeys. Be sure to aerate the tank daily during the first seven days. This is very important as it is critical that your new baby Sea-Monkeys get oxygen until they are big enough to swim to the top of the tank. If you have a Million-Bubble Air Pump this is the safest way. Just give 10 to 15 pumps each day. If not, then you will have to aerate the old-fashioned way by pouring the water back-and-forth into a second container at least ten times. Do not over feed. Over feeding can cause bacteria to multiply in the tank and once out of control the bacteria will eat up all the oxygen from the water and your Sea-Monkeys will suffocate and die.
Using tap water or distilled (bottled) water, pour 300cc (10 oz) into any clean glass container or (preferably) a special Sea-Monkey tank such as the Micro-View Ocean Zoo.
The water should be at room temperature — 27º C. (76º F.) to 30ºC. (76º F.). Cut open packet #1 "Water Purifier", pour the entire contents into the water and stir.
Then stand the container safely away from direct sunlight, excess heat or cold for one day.
24 hours later, cut packet #2 "Instant Live Eggs", add contents to water and stir for one minute.
Hold container up to the light and you'll see small white specks of life swimming against the current. These are your newborn pet Sea-Monkeys. More will hatch in days to come.
Keep the aquarium in shaded area away from direct sunlight.
Five days later (not sooner), use a Sea-Monkey Feeding Spoon to add one small scoop of powder from packet #3 "Growth Food". Do not stir.
Feed one level scoop of food from the "Sea-Monkey Feeding Spoon" once a week. To feed baby Sea-Monkeys use the small cup on the feeding spoon. To feed adult Sea-Monkeys use the large cup. NOTE: If the water gets cloudy, you are over feeding them. Do not feed again until the water turns clear.
CHECK THE WATER LEVEL: Eventually, some water will evaporate. When down by 1.5 inches, add fresh water to within 1/2" from the top.
Why Can't I Grow My Sea-Monkeys?
Sea-Monkeys® really aren't hard to raise at all. First, you have to prepare the water. Most people mix everything together at once and expect the Sea-Monkeys® to be born. Well, you don't get anything but a jar of dirty water if you do that. Here's some tips to keep them alive.
Follow the directions that come with them
Don't overfeed them; once every 7 to 10 days is fine
Use Distilled water or Bottled water to start and top up levels
- Keep the water in your aquarium at the same level
Emergency Care Instructions
If your Sea-Monkeys® do NOT hatch instantly
If your 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. Did you look very closely?
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 tiniest of MOVING specks that wiggle and swim.
2. Did you wait the full 24 hours before adding Packet No. 2?
They will NOT hatch ON TIME if you fail to WAIT LONG ENOUGH for the water, purified with Packet No. 1, to CURE. After you have added Water Purifier, you must not put in Packet No. 2 until AT LEAST 24 to 36 HOURS have passed. This gives the Water Purifier chemicals the time needed to eliminate toxic elements and prepare the INSTANT "reactor" catalyst that makes the Sea-Monkeys appear to hatch ON CONTACT with the water. If you added Packet No. 2 TOO SOON, set the container aside for ONE DAY. You will have your Sea-Monkeys on the SECOND DAY.
3. Did you accidentally add Packets No. 1 and No. 2 at the same time?
If you added BOTH Packets No. 1 and No. 2 to the water at the SAME TIME, the 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. Did you use the correct amount of water?
Sea-Monkeys® WILL NOT HATCH if you measured the WRONG AMOUNT OF WATER that should be used. You must use EXACTLY 12 ounces of 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.
Too little water:
If YOU used too LITTLE water, simply add MORE to arrive at the RIGHT AMOUNT (12 ounces).
Too much water:
If you OVER DID 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.
Note: All styles of the Micro-Vue Ocean-Zoo hold just the right amount of water when filled to the top of the highest magnification lens on the Ocean-Zoo's outer wall.
5. Is the room temperature correct?
Incorrect ROOM TEMPERATURE can DELAY hatching. Ideally, the temperature should be 70 degrees Farenheit. Lower temperatures of 60 degrees F. or less, or rapid temperature changes WILL delay the hatching time AFTER you have added Packet No. 2, Instant Live Eggs, 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.