Monday, January 7, 2013

The Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys!


The days immediately following Christmas are in many ways more enjoyable than those suspenseful nights leading up to Santa's arrival. Those last few days of winter break are typically filled with whatever goodies you received underneath the Christmas tree and depending on that years holiday haul, are the stuff that Christmas memories are truly made of.

One of the gifts I always wanted as a child but somehow never actually owned was my own personal Sea-Monkey aquarium. I don't remember exactly how I first heard of them but I spent a good portion of my childhood years literally yearning for a chance to own one of these kits.

I never got Sea-Monkeys as a kid and every Christmas that went by without them was somehow worse than the last. It was the gift that seemed to elude me at every single turn.

So when I recently stumbled across them as an adult... I just knew I had to make the purchase. This would be my one and only chance to go back in time and relive the best Christmas gift that I never actually received!

Sea Monkey Kit
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Here is the illusive Sea-Monkey kit it all its cheap plastic glory. It only cost $6.99 but considering that I am about to grow living breathing life forms in a tank, I think that's pretty cheap.

The set comes with everything you see here. A small tank, one package of Water Purifier, one package Instant Live Eggs, and finally some Sea-Monkey Growth Food. As well as directions, lots and lots of directions.

Directions that I intend to not follow. Sea-Monkeys seem like good fun but I refuse to spend more than five minutes total growing them. As long as the destination is a handful of whatever-the-fuck these things are living for a couple hours... I'll feel accomplished. If given the opportunity you would do the same.

Sea Monkey Kit
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STEP #1: PURIFY WATER

First steps are always the worst, just ask the recovering alcoholics. In order to make Sea-Monkeys we must first purify us some water... for twenty four hours! Sigh. This is already turning out to be more work than I'd previously expected.

Alas, before we get to play around with the eggs we must first sit through the boring part of water purification. It's a fairly straight forward process.Fill the tank to the top with water, rip open the package marked with the gigantic 1 and dump its contents into the container. From here... we play the waiting game.

I think the directions suggested something about stirring the tank as well as possibly utilizing some sort of temperature chart. Neither of these will be done. I've read that Sea-Monkeys are surprisingly resilient and will grow in even the worst of conditions, a theory that I plan on testing to its fullest.

Sea Monkey Kit
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STEP #2: INSTANT LIVE EGGS

After twenty four hours have passed it is onto the second step, adding the eggs! Once again this kit is fairly straight forward with what we are supposed to do. Just dump this package of eggs into the tank and instant life will erupt. For added effect you can hum the theme to Jurassic Park.

The first thing you'll notice is that the color of the water shifts from clear to aqua blue. Apparently 90% of the second bag is just water coloring. After you stir the tank up and let the color settle a bit you are free to sit back and look at... basically nothing.

The Sea Monkeys are there, inside that tank... swimming around at this very moment. However they are so small that you cannot really see them unless you hold the container up to a window and squint really hard.

It makes photographing them impossible. You'll just sort of have to take me at my word for this one.

The final step is to feed them... but that doesn't happen until five days after you first hatch them. More waiting is in our future and who knows how long after that until I'll be able to capture them properly with a camera.

We'll check back in with The Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys in a couple weeks...

3 comments:

  1. let us know how you get on ... I just got some as well !!

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  2. Did they hatch when the tank turned blue?

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  3. How do those eggs look like

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