Sea Monkey Day 2018 is on Wednesday, May 16, 2018: Sea monkeys?
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"My Sea Monkey tank is really grungy and smells funny! The Sea Monkeys are dying! What should I do?
Only clean the tank if it smells funny. If it smells like a freshly mown lawn or green vegetables (okay, to some of us that's gross...but you know what I mean!) then the tank is just grungy, but not sick. The grunge in the tank is algae, and it's good for Sea Monkeys. It offers oxygen and food, and it's a great way to keep the tank alive! If you are feeding them more than every five days, you are going to see a build up of algae very quickly. If you really must clean the tank, I suggest the following:
1. Get a coffee filter and a nice clean glass that will hold all your Sea Monkeys.
2. Get the Sea Monkeys out of the tank and put them in the clean glass with some of the Sea Monkey water.
3. Filter the tank water through a coffee filter a few times to make sure that all the gunk is gone.
4. Clean the bottom and sides of the tank with a paper towel -- I use a paper towel on a chopstick so I don't get my hands grungy. Get into the tank bottom crevices with a Q-tip or something similar. (You can also use the new Tiny Tank Tool -- this works great, and remember I don't get paid to say that!) Rinse the tank out so it's lovely and clean (my mom uses baking soda, but this can end up in the bottom of the tank so if you aren't sure you can get it all out, don't use it...)
5. Smell the tank water. Does it still smell gross? If so, then filter some more. If not, then put the water back in the newly cleaned tank. Then put the Sea Monkeys back in the tank.
6. Make sure you top the tank up with boiled tap water (cooled to room temperature) or purified/distilled water (again, at room temperature). Feed them and aerate the tank a few times that day. Feed them again within 3 or 4 days, but not too much. Always use the little end of the spoon. After this, feed them every five days as usual.
Normally I don't suggest this because you lose eggs and babies, but if you you don't seem to have any of either, then this last ditch emergency effort to save the tank is worth it."
What are sea monkeys ????
Sea-Monkeys are a trademark given to sell a variant of brine shrimp or Artemia salina, now called Artemia salina x nyos that originate in salt lakes and evaporation flats and are members of the phylum Arthropoda. In the UK in the 1970s they were marketed under the name "Artful Arties".
Sea-Monkeys are a breed of Artemia salina sometimes classified as a "new species" called "Artemia nyos" ("nyos" being an acronym for "New York Ocean Science Laboratories" where the first "Sea Monkey" Artemia were bred). This is in absence of a formal description fulfulling the ICZN requirements. As such, the correct name would be Artemia salina × nyos if Sea Monkeys are (as is sometimes reported) interspecific hybrids between A. salina and an indeterminate species of Artemia.
Sea Monkeys were first marketed in 1957 by Harold von Braunhut as Instant Life, though Braunhut changed the name to "Sea-Monkeys" on May 10, 1962. The name "Sea-Monkeys" was chosen because of their playful behaviour. Braunhut is also the inventor of X-Ray glasses. For many years, they were known for their exaggerated advertisements and packaging, which featured smiling anthropomorphic creatures who bore little resemblance to their true appearance. Underneath these pictures, which appeared on large numbers in comic books during the 1970s, was a disclaimer that stated, "Caricatures shown not intended to depict Artemia." The present disclaimer on the package states, "Illustration is fanciful, does not depict Artemia nyos."
Sea Monkeys were bred for their larger size and longer lifespan, making them more suitable as pets than the original breed of brine shrimp. The U.S. Patent 3,673,986 granted in 1972 describes this as "hatching brine shrimp or similar crustaceans in tap water to give the appearance of instantaneous hatching."
Many types of Sea-Monkey kits are now available. The company produces the original Ocean View tank as well as a variety of other products. The Sea-Monkeys company is now part of the Educational Insights corporation, and as of 2005 it is headed by George C. Atamian and son-in-law David Horvitz.
Other companies have distributed pets/toys along the Sea-Monkey model, including one by Wham-O, and "The Swarm", a product from Dr. Jordan's Formulae. In the late 1970s to early 1980s, sachets of "Sea Monsters" were sold in 25-cent gumball machines at A&P supermarkets. When added to water, the packet's contents provided the eggs, salt and nutrients to hatch the brine shrimp.
More recently, an Australian company, Little Aussie Products, has marketed "Itsy Bitsy Sea Dragons", with a different brine shrimp species, Parartemia zietziana.
The key ability of unhatched "Sea-Monkeys" to be packaged, shipped, and handled is that, in certain easily prepared environments, they enter cryptobiosis, a natural state of suspended animation. When released into the prepared aquarium they leave this state and emerge from their cysts. The genetic variant of brine shrimp, the Sea-Monkey, was given the term "instant life" to reflect the instant hatching seen when the cysts are added to the correctly balanced saltwater medium.
To start the process, the 'water purifier' package is added to water on day one. The user is typically unaware that this package already contains eggs in addition to the salt. At day two, one adds the 'instant life eggs' package, containing Epsom salts, borax and soda ash, in addition to eggs, yeast, and sometimes a blue or green dye. The dye is used to enhance the 'instant life' experience by making the freshly hatched animals more visible.
The Sea-Monkeys seen on the fifth day after adding the 'eggs package' are derived from the eggs added with the 'purifier' package. The food package is a mixture of Spirulina and dried yeast. The 'boost' packages mainly contains salts, which induce increased sexual activity in artemia.
Caring for sea monkeys?
sea monkeys are a form of brine shrimp but can not be kept or raised the same ... first you do not need to rinse the tank ... fill it up with spring water, not mineral water, not ro water, but spring water ... i bought a big bottle at 7-11 for 2 dollars and i am still using it and i have three sea monkey tanks ... next you put the water purifier in ... use a straw to stir it up until dissolved ... wait 24 to 36 hours, you have to wait longer if it is chilly where you live ... the water purifier has eggs in it too so you should be able to see some baby sea monkeys (they are very small white dots that look like they are moving up and down quickly) ... add your sea monkey eggs ... you can aerate just by stirring with a straw ... some people say using the straw to blow into the tank but unless you take a big gulp of air before you do so you are not putting oxygen into the water ... so just agitate the surface water daily ... in five days start feeding the growth food, using the small end of the spoon ... make it level and not heaping ... feed every seven days ... some gunk will accumulate on the bottom but the sea monkeys eat that so you don't have to remove ... it did get excessive in one of my tanks and i used the aqua leash to suck some out ... you can also use a turkey baster but don't tell your mom you are using it for that :O) if you feed sparingly, keep them out of sunlight, and no extreme temp changes, they should do fine ... i have never had bacteria in my tanks but i do feed sparingly, that is the key ... top up evaporation with more spring water and stir ... the salt never evaporates so you do not have to add more ... it is survival of the fittest, so you might start out with tons of sea monkeys but only the strong ones grow to get bigger ... do not add sea diamonds until they are at least 6 months old ...
as i mentioned sea monkeys are a form of brine shrimp ... they are modified to live in small tanks of water and be kept alive for up to two years ... i have a tank of sea monkeys that are almost a year old ..