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DO YOU WANT TO WIN A COPY OF THE NEW AMAZING VIRTUAL SEA MONKEYS FROM CREATURES LABS? If so, then tell me a story….a fairy tale starting with “Once Upon A Time …” about your Sea Monkeys and their adventures under the sea. We will be picking winners as we have availability of things to give as prizes. Write to the Sea Monkey Answer Lady with your age (0-12, 13 to 18, or adult) and your location (nothing specific, just your country will suffice …)! Drawings and poems are also cheerfully accepted!

SERIOUS END OF THE YEAR PRIZE ALERT! Let’s say you want to win something, but you can’t think of an entry for this month’s contest! Don’t despair — just send me your name, age, and country of origin for a random draw to be held at the end of the year (all the entrants from the contests will be automatically entered!) So far I have assembled five Sea Monkey prize packs that will be full of various things. Some of the stuff I’m hoping to give away will be: Space Shuttle, Racing Kit, Mouse Pad, T-shirt, and a few other tanks. With each of these products will come a variety of the harder-to-get Sea Monkey foods and accessories such as the Cupid’s Arrow, the Sea Medic, the Gro-Kwickly, and more, thanks to the generosity of Transcience! So enter regularly and enter often! Additionally, there will be an extra drawing for the readers of the newsletter, so if you want to register for it, do it now!

Do you have any video tapes relating to Sea Monkeys? For instance, an episode of MTV’s “The State” or an episode of a show where they mention Sea Monkeys? If so, write to me and tell me about it. If I don’t have it, I’ll exchange it with you for a Sea Monkey kit. Or do you have a copy of the first Futurama comic? I don’t want to own it — I just want to read it. A scan will do! Let me know!

See the past winners.

Sea Monkey Fun

So you want to have a little Sea Monkey fun? Something to pass the time as your surf the web? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here you can download a screensaver, look at some interesting pictures, read a few stories about the Sea Monkeys going on holiday, or just read some funny contributions to the page! (And keep checking back, as we have some seriously fun things planned for the future!)

NEW FUN STUFF!!! Sea Monkey videos! So far I have the two, but there shall be more in the near future as my Sea Monkeys are cavorting and capering up a storm in their little tanks! Visit the Sea Monkey videos page now!

Sea Monkey Urban Legends

Sea Monkey urban legends abound, and it is no surprise considering just how little we know about our briny friends! So what rumours are spreading in the Sea Monkey community and are they true? Only the Sea Monkey Lady can tell!


DEMONIC SEA MONKEYS


Evil Sea Monkeys abound?
From the Buffy the Vampire Slayer book, “Mortal Fear” by Scott and Denise Ciencin:

Xander had given her the 411 on sea-monkeys (sic), great intel he’d picked up from a combination of the ad pages in old smelly comics he’d picked up at a convention or garage sale or someplace and some recently written demonic tomes Anya had bought on eBay…Sea-monkeys were a vicious little race, and all those ads had turned out to be a part of a worldwide demonic invasion attempt that only stalled out because kids kept doing really twisted things to the critters before they reached maturity.

Okay, where to begin with the wrongness of this? Sea Monkeys are not evil. Sea Monkeys are not demons. However…they do have trouble reaching maturity because of the evil things people do to them, such as drinking, eating, or ignoring them. We neglect our Sea Monkeys when we go on holiday, leaving them all alone without additional food or oxygen. We treat them poorly, flushing them down toilets when we get bored with them, or when our brothers want to exact a little sibling revenge. We are
cruel to Sea Monkeys, so can you blame them for possibly harboring some kind of malicious feelings towards a race of humans upon whom they depend but who constantly let them down? To be honest, I wouldn’t be all that surprised if they did rise up and take over the world just to teach us a lesson…making us live without oxygen or food or interesting toys to play with. They could bang on our tanks and yell “Look at the little humans!” or drink us for fun…But I digress….

CONCLUSION: The idea of Sea Monkeys being part of a demonic plot to take over the world is false. But the fact that an idea like this might not reach fruition because we take care of them poorly is a possibility.


TRANS GENDERED SEA MONKEYS

Can Sea Monkeys change from one gender to the other? Are they born male and turn female when the population runs low of ladies? The simple answer to this is no. (Then what’s the long answer–no, they don’t.) This has been a source of ongoing debate on the Sea Monkey Helpers club at Yahoo.com, and although I have been accused of being mean and wanting a fight, the simple fact is that whatever you have seen in the tank, Sea Monkeys are born male or female and remain that way for the entirety of
their lives.

But how come I had no females and now I do? There are a few ways to think about this…You could have had an immature female and it wasn’t obvious what sex she was! Now you can tell because she has an egg sac. Or secondly, you had a few eggs hatch and more Sea Monkeys have arrived.

CONCLUSION: It is false to argue that Sea Monkeys are hemaphrodites as they are born male or female and stay that way!


SEA MONKEYS CANNIBALISM

Do Sea Monkeys eat their own eggs, offspring, or each other??? No, Sea Monkeys are not cannibalistic in any way and are, in fact, loving, kind, peaceful creatures who will fight each other for mating rights, but for no other reason. I can assure you that in my years of keeping Sea Monkeys, I have never ever seen them eat each other nor can I find any information from the brine shrimp world that would indicate that they might eat each other. So, to those who think that your rapidly dwindling
numbers in the tank are because of late night snacking and revenge dining, you’re wrong!

CONCLUSION: Sea Monkeys are NOT cannibals and do not eat each other!


SEA MONKEYS ON MARS

Have the Sea Monkeys really visited Mars or is this an urban legend? Well, yes and no…no in the sense that no, they haven’t, but yes in the sense that there is a Sea Monkeys on Mars tank! Having said all of that, if you’ve heard the latest about the possibility that there might have been water on Mars in the past, then you know that it is completely plausible that Sea Monkeys might have once roamed those vast red plains. (Roamed? I thought they swam! Work with me here, okay?) Where there is
life, there can be water…providing there is enough salt. And is there salt? Well, that’s still a mystery.

CONCLUSION: Probably not true, but probably not false either.


SEA MONKEYS IN THE SEWERS OF NEW YORK

 

Are there giant killer Sea Monkeys roaming underneath New York, just waiting to pop up through your toilet or bathtub drain to eat your tender bits? No. The legend goes as follows: Unloved or unwanted Sea Monkeys are flushed down into the sewers of this massive city, and learn to live amongst the filth and decay. They grow to an enormous size and attack various people for revenge and possibly as a midnight snack. Some variations claim the Sea Monkeys only play dead so their owners will flush
them…but this is all false. Sea Monkeys cannot grow beyond 1 inch long, so any of them actually living there would be tiny little creatures. (And although the idea of a swarm of angry Sea Monkeys is scary, it’s not really possible…) They need a salty environment, and the sewers are not that great on the sodium content.

CONCLUSION: Not possible, but interesting nonetheless…


SEA MONKEYS ATTACK SWIMMER OFF GULF COAST

 

If you read the Weekly World News — and who doesn’t — you might have seen the article claiming that giant killer mutant Sea Monkeys attacked a swimmer off the Gulf Coast of Texas. The operative word here is “giant.” As noted above, Sea Monkeys rarely grow above 1 inch long, so the idea of them being giant by any definition of the word is just plain false. Having said that, would larger than normal Sea Monkeys attack a swimmer? An excellent question…

How did the Weekly World News know the creatures in question were Sea Monkeys? There are many forms of small shrimp living in the salty waters off Texas. It could have been a swarm of fairy shrimp or daphnia shrimp or just plain old regular brine shrimp. The likelihood of knowing it was an actual Sea Monkey is slim to none, unless one was able to catch one of the little critters and actually bring it into a lab…but it sounds like they were too vicious for that!

The second problem with this urban legend is the fact that Sea Monkeys are docile creatures who would not attack a person. Try this at home…stick your hand in the tank and leave it there. Then try moving it around. Finally, cover your hand with blood and insert it into the tank. Did they respond? No, except for the squirming around that might come with having a giant hand in the tank. So Sea Monkeys, we can extrapolate from this experiment, are not vicious creatures by nature. (Although
they might get a little testy about having a tank filled with human blood…and where the heck did you get that blood anyway?)

CONCLUSION: The Weekly World News is wrong….that’s a surprise!


SEA MONKEYS ARE GENETIC FREAKS

This one is true…if you consider what the word freak means!

  1. A thing or occurrence that is markedly unusual or irregular.
  2. An abnormally formed organism, especially a person or animal regarded as a curiosity or monstrosity.

By this definition Sea Monkeys are, in fact, freaks of nature. They are not scary freaks, like say Anna Nicole Smith, but gentle creatures who differ in a genetic sense from other brine shrimp. They are a hybrid of the brine shrimp and the non-brine shrimp — salty vs. fresh water creatures–to allow them to live longer, molt less, and in general offer more fun for the owner. I asked the creator once what delineated Sea Monkeys from regular old shrimp. “Love,” he said. “We don’t love brine
shrimp.” So yes, Sea Monkeys are genetic freaks in the sense that they are different…but didn’t your mother ever tell you that difference is what makes us interesting???

CONCLUSION: This one is true if you look at the dictionary!

Sea Monkey Wierd Facts FAQ

Q. Do Sea Monkeys have any weird features that will amaze and astound my friends? A. Why yes, I am glad you asked. The Official Sea-Monkey Handbook notes that Sea-Monkeys have one eye when they are born and eventually they grow two more eyes making them “THREE EYED freaks of nature”. In addition, they breathe through their feet!
Q. One of my sea monkeys has a thread-like “tail” coming out his (it might be a her, I can’t tell) rear. It’s the only one that has a tail, so I’m guessing it’s a mutation. A. This had me stumped for a while, before I realized that this was Sea Monkey excrement. I really wanted it to be some weird mutation, but it’s just simply the Sea Monkey’s way of getting rid of bodily waste!

FAQ on Sick and Dying Sea Monkeys

Q.When do sea monkeys die? Can they really live up to two years? A. Yes, they can live that long, but sometimes they just die when they feel like it. I know this sounds sarcastic but it’s true. Sea Monkeys can die of Sea Monkey illness or when they reach the end of their lives. I don’t know how long a Sea Monkey can live for, and I have been asked many times, but you can extend their life span by feeding them, not eating them, and treating them with love. Keep them from becoming bored by singing to them or teaching them tricks!
Q. I noticed three little bodies at the bottom of my Micro-Vue Ocean Zoo last week. They were kind of dark coloured. Are these dead Sea-Monkeys or just the moulted shells? What do dead Sea-Monkeys look like? A. Sea Monkeys do moult their shells but, in short, what you are seeing are dead little Sea Monkeys. The shells are generally transparent/white in colour and eventually turn into the “gunk” you see on the bottom of your tank. They will do this up to seven times during their lifetimes. If you see a body with a black streak in them, this is a Sea Monkey (the black streak in their bodies indicate that they have food in their digestive system). Dead Sea Monkeys look live Sea Monkeys that are not moving. They eventually decay but I am not going into this here – it is just too gross.
Q. My Sea Monkey is just sitting at the bottom of the tank, moving very little. Is there anything I can do to save it? A. Yes, there are a few things….You can move the Sea Monkey to a clean glass with some of the water from the tank and isolate it there. I usually aerate this glass regularly — as often as I remember during the day — and hope that it recovers. If you have some Sea Medic, you can add that to the glass as well. Then wait and hope!
Q. All my Sea Monkeys are swimming quite sadly around the tank. Are they sick? Are they dying? What can I do? A. You can try a few things before you decide they are sick:
1. Feed them! You’d be surprised at how this perks them up!
2. Aerate them! (see above for Sea Monkey reaction!)
3. Put them in the sun (once again, they’ll perk up.)
If you have done these things and nothing happens, then the only solution is “Sea Monkey Medic!” I know, you have to send away for it and you probably don’t have some around the house, but that’s really the only other solution. I suggest that you have this on hand at all times — it has saved many of my tanks, believe me!
Q. One of my Sea Monkeys is black and isn’t moving much…What does this mean? A. There are two possibilities here:
1. Your Sea Monkey is dead and the black is a result of the decomposition process.
2. Your Sea Monkey is dying. Sometimes — rarely — when a Sea Monkey tries to shed its shell, it doesn’t come off all the way. The Sea Monkey will find its innards exposed to the world. The old, unshed shell will turn black as it is dying, and the Sea Monkey is not long for this world. As a note, there is nothing you can do here. No amount of Sea Medic in the world can save this poor Sea Monkey. But remember — this is indeed rare.
Q. There is some fluffy white cotton ball type stuff in the tank. What is this and what can I do? A. This is evil bacteria, the scourge of the tank, and you need to remove it as soon as possible. Get out the Aqua Leash or a spoon and remove it from the tank. If you have some Sea Medic, get some into the tank immediately. If you don’t, then you can leave the tank the way it is — providing you’ve removed the white things — and make sure you aerate it quite a lot over the next few days. If you want further protection, you can clean the tank as per the instructions found on the Cleaning FAQ page
Q. There are black spots all over my tank! I know they aren’t eggs because they are really obvious and they are sticking to everything! What is this and what can I do? A. This is another form of bacteria. Again, remove the Sea Monkeys to clean out the tank. Scrub this tank hard to get the black stuff off the walls and floor of the tank. You will need to run the water through a coffee filter as per these instructions on the Cleaning FAQ page and be warned that you will lose babies and algae when doing this. Then return the Sea Monkeys back to the tank. If you have Sea Medic, add it now. And feed them now because you have removed the algae. Aerate them like silly. If the black stuff returns, complete this process again.

SeaMonkey FAQ on Caring for

Q. I bought my son some sea monkeys about eight months ago and they are still living. At first we had around six and the number has varied from a low of two up to a high of around thirty. We often see new baby sea monkeys swimming around but very few live to maturity. Are we doing something wrong or is this normal? If you notice a new batch of little ones, should we be feeding them more? I’m looking for some tips to help more grow up. A. Unfortunately, I have noticed the same thing in my tank. The little ones show up, then disappear, never seeming to reach adulthood! Try not to feed them too much, that is a common problem, and add more oxygen to their environment. You can do one of two things:
1. You can blow air into the tank with a straw – like you do with milk – and this should help them out. I know that you are blowing CO2 into the tank but there is some oxygen in there too; or
2. You can move the Monkey water from the tank into a jar, back and forth a few times, to help aerate the water.
This will help them a great deal because they require a lot of oxygen as they are growing up. Try to do these things on a regular basis – a couple of times a week – to help the little Monkeys grow.
Q: Why is there greenish things on the bottom of my sea monkey tank? Is it fungus, sea monkey waste or what? My sea monkeys keep on diving into it. A: It’s a photosynthetic algae. It’s not a bad idea to remove some if it gets out of control, but *don’t* remove all of it! Not only do the Sea Monkeys eat it (salad?), but it also helps to oxygenate the water! (You may wish to include some vinegar for that salad….don’t do this, I am just kidding!)
Q. Can I put a neat little aquarium castle in the ocean zoo so my Sea-Monkeys have a place to play? A. Yes…..that’s a lovely idea and it will give them something to do. Their lives are awfully shallow and they really need something to do with their free time. They get tired watching you have fun and, as they can’t get out and go for a walk like we do, they might really enjoy a little castle. In addition, they may wish to hide from each other during games of hide and seek or when they are having a fight. Sea-Monkeys can be vicious little buggers and I’m sure that the weaker Monkeys may appreciate somewhere to hide.
Q. Since Sea Monkeys need oxygen, is it OK to run a small fish tank aerator all day, or for a few hours a day? Do you know of anyone who has used such a setup (including a small filter)? A. Actually, there is a product that you can get that is a little tube with an air filter on the bottom called the Million Bubble Air Pump (picture a straw with a large blue fish tank filter on the bottom – strange but true). They suggest you aerate the tank once per day. Mine have done fine without it. I would suggest that you just blow into the tank with a straw – it really works. They do need oxygen to think and live. I don’t suggest that you use an aerator as a friend tried it and killed them all. The algae went nuts, proliferating out of control, and the Sea Monkeys all died!
Q. Could one use any size tank for those darn little critters or should one only use the 12 oz. size? A. You can put them in a bigger tank but it is recommended that you get the larger size of Water Purifier and Jumbo Living Plasma for them. This will ensure that they will flourish in great numbers!
Q. I have tried to keep Sea Monkeys twice but they always die in a couple of days. I keep them in a plastic clear container. I feed them correctly but still they die. I was going to get another pack but my mom said to forget about it cuz’ they would just die again. What can I do to keep them alive? A. You must get air into their tank in the first two weeks and thereafter to make sure that they are going to live. When they first hatch they need a great deal of oxygen to make it through the first couple of days. You must make sure that they have enough water in the tank because the salt in the tank will build up and make it tough for the Sea Monkeys to shed their skins and grow. To add air to the tank you can do one of three things:
1. blow into the tank with a long straw for about 2 minutes per day;
2. move the water back and forth between the tank and a clean container (don’t worry, they won’t get hurt); or
3. use the “Million Bubble” air pump at the bottom of the tank for about 2 minutes.
Don’t feed them in the first week because they have enough food in the hatching kit!
Q. I have a dilemma. I bought a Sea-Monkerys ocean zoo but I noticed that the lid comes of very easily and that it has 2 big holes in it, making it very dificult to transport. I decided to use a cleaned-out peanut-butter jar with a airtight screw-on lid. Then my friend told me the little fellas would die in there because they need lots of oxygen to live. I need help! A. I would suggest that if you wish to use your peanut butter jar do the following:
1. Clean the peanut butter out. Pretty obvious but you would be surprised what people do to Sea Monkeys…..And, they are anaphalactic which could cause quite a nasty reaction to those little ‘nuts!
2. Put some holes in the top of the jar to allow them to get some oxygen!
3. Blow into them regularly to make sure that they ahve enough air.
4. Don’t leave them in the jar too long….only long enough to transport them to their destination
Q. About 6 months ago, I had my own family of Sea Monkeys. They lived for 5 months, then gradually, most of ’em died. *sniff* Just recently, I have ordered some Sea Monkey eggs and the water purifier and the food through the order system in the booklet. But can I use the old home of my other family?? Or will that upset them? Also, I was wondering…I still have 3 Sea Monkeys left from my previous family. Would the new family accept them into their family…or will they be rejected? Please help! A. Yes, you can use their old home, it won’t upset them too much. Just remember that you must remove the old corpses before you put the new Sea Monkeys in. If you have some former Sea Monkeys I would suggest the following to you:
1. Put the old Sea Monkeys in a glass jar – try to go for a 12 oz jar if you can. Don’t put the lid on top of it or, if you do, then just put some holes in the top of the jar!
2. Set up the tank for the new Sea monkeys, following the instructions closely etc.
3. When the new Sea Monkeys are born, wait about a week (or two to be safe) and put the old Sea Monkeys into the tank. The reason for this is such: the new Sea Monkeys need all of the oxygen that they can get and the old Sea Monkeys may use some of that wonderful O2 for their own needs. It helps the new Sea Monkeys to live. When you can just see them – in about one week – you can add the old Sea Monkeys to the mix. Don’t worry, the little Sea Monkeys are so safe it’s not even funny. They are not cannibals and, if you are lucky, the old Sea Monkeys could teach the new ones the ropes a little…
Q. I have a fish tank that is void of fish at the moment and, seeing as how I don’t really like goldfish, would it be okay if I put Sea Monkeys in my fish tank? It has everything they would need and more, but I’m still worried. A. How big is this tank? I would not recommend doing this if the tank is larger than about 24 oz (and that’s pretty small for a fish tank, isn’t it?) The reason for this being that the Sea Monkeys need a concentration of the Sea Monkey plasma, which contains all kinds of great minerals and nutrients for the Sea Monkeys. If you wish, you can order some Plasma from the Transcience Corporation which will help you with a larger tank – I think it is something like one gallon of water will be permeated with this formula.

Sea Monkey Food FAQ

Q. What do I do when I run out of food? A. If you are feeding them properly, you shouldn’t run out of food! If you need to order more you can
a. (in North America) write to Transcience and order more food; or
b. buy the “starter kit” with the three packages.
Do not use any non-Sea Monkey approved foods as they will most certainly die!
Q. How do Sea Monkeys live in the portable tanks (for instance, the Penquarium, the Watch, and the Port-A-Pet tank)? The answer to this is twofold:
1. You can only put 2 to 6 Sea Monkeys into the bubble at one time, because they may run out of oxygen.
2. They are only permitted to be in this bubble for a short period of time. So, they might be able to hold their breath until they get back into the tank? I’m not sure about this but this probably means that they won’t use all of the oxygen up before they are put back into their tank!
Finally, the Port a Pet has two small holes in the top! They are very little and the Sea Monkeys can’t get out but air can get in!

Sea Monkey FAQ on Other Supplies

Q. What does the Cupid’s Arrow do? A. Cupid’s Arrow is effectively a mating powder for Sea Monkeys, inspiring the “shy, bachelor monkeys” to take a mate!
Q. What are the Sea Diamonds? A. Sea Diamonds are small, clear “plasticky” (not sure what they are made of) things that you can put into the tank for the Sea Monkeys to play with. They will float to the top, allowing Sea Monkeys to have a “ride” on them. I have personally found that they collect algae and sink to the bottom eventually.
Q. What good is the Red Magic vitamin pack? A. The Red Magic vitamin package is used as an alternate food for Sea Monkeys. It adds much needed B and C vitamins to their diets, and it turns their body a nice red!
Q. Should I order the Sea Medic? A. By all means! This is the most valuable Sea Monkey “extra” out there. Trust me, this is so helpful for those times that your Sea Monkeys are swimming around sadly. You add it to the tank to remove any harmful bacteria, and it also gives them a little extra boost in the water.
Q. What’s the deal with the Banana Treat? I thought they weren’t “real” monkeys! A. They’re not, but they still like a treat every now and then! The Banana Treat can be used in place of your regular food to give them a sweet treat when you want to reward your Sea Monkeys. And no, I don’t know what it is made of!
Q. How does the Gro-Kwickly food work? A. Another good question and again I don’t know. Although I wonder if it is wise to speed up their growth, as the bigger they get, the closer they are to death! It’s a good food alternative, though, if you want some mature Sea Monkeys fast!
Q. What the heck is Plasma IV and what do I do with it? A. What’s with all the hard questions! I don’t know what it is in it, but I do know what it does. It acts to keep the Sea Monkeys alive longer, and it also turns them pretty colours. You add it once every two weeks after the initial adding to the tank, and you will see your Sea Monkeys’ shells turn all kinds of lovely hues! This is a must to make the two year guaranteed life span!
Q. How do I use the alternate products? A. You would use them as you do the food. If you use the Red Magic, don’t use the regular food. If you feed them the Banana Treat, don’t use regular food that time around. I suggest feeding them once per week, only ever with the little spoon, then aerating the tank. Aerate it again later that day (or the next morning and evening, if you added it at night) to ensure that the algae in the tank isn’t competing with the Sea Monkeys for oxygen!
Q. So where do I get these alternative food sources? A. You can order them by mail from Transcience. They are at: P.O. Box 809, Bryans Road, Maryland, USA 20616. (You will have to double the price for non-North American orders. Might seem like a hassle, but it is well worth the trouble!)

Sea Monkey Science FAQ

If you want some general information, this is the place to come. If you want some specific information, pictures of eggs, males, and females, or if you want some ideas for science projects or experiments for school then please consult the True Science page!. If you want information about the Sea Monkeys adventures in space, then please consult the Sea Monkeys in Space page!

Please please please review the pages for the science stuff before writing to me about science projects or experiments. I am simply inundated with letters regarding science projects, so I have set up the page on the science site to give you all the pictures, links, and information I can. If you don’t find what you want on those pages, then I’m happy to help. But please read those first.

Q. How do they keep the Sea-Monkeys in the little package for so long yet they DON’T DIE??? A. Once again, from the Official Sea-Monkey Handbook: A true MIRACLE of nature, Sea-Monkeys actually exist in SUSPENDED ANIMATION! While inside their tiny eggs – yet unborn, they burn the “spark of life” for many YEARS! The Instant-Life cyrstals in which the eggs are enclosed, preserve their viability and help to extend still further – their unhatched life span!…The name scientists have given this amazing rare process is “cryptobiosis” which means “hidden life”.
For a detailed description of the process of “cryptobiosis”, visit the True Science page. Trust me, it’s riveting stuff!
Q. What are sea monkeys made out of (chemical composition or basic materials)? A. Sea Monkeys are actual brine shrimp that have been “locked away in time” through a process of “cryptobiosis”. This is a natural occurrence in some crustaceans and Sea Monkeys, in addition to Fairy Shrimp, Brine Shrimp, and Daphnia, are able to seal themselves away in their eggs until the conditions are right for their birth. So, in fact, they are not vegetable or mineral but are, indeed, animals. They are a variety of the Artemia family which are called “Artemia Nyos” (NYOS being an acronym for the New York Ocean Science Laboratories where the Sea Monkeys were created).
Q. I had found a vial of Seamonkey eggs that I have had for a few years and got all excited and took them to work Wasting no time, while at lunch, I picked up a few packets of salt. Do Seamonkeys need iodized salt? Well, I am glad to see Ocean Zoos are making their into their workplaces and so many may enjoy the mighty excellence of the Sea Monkey. Unfortunately, you have made a grave error. Sea Monkeys do not require salt at all. Everything that they require is found in the Packet #1 of the Sea Monkey creation kit. They may be “brine” shrimp (of a sort) but they do not need brine!!! Please do not attempt to pickle, salt and/or iodize your aquatic pals!!! If you are planning to eat your friends this could make them more tender and last longer but if you want them to live I would advise that you keep household seasonings away from their tank. If you have any concerns about your Sea Monkeys getting goitres from lack of iodine then you may wish to give them one grain of salt but otherwise…
Q. I noticed that you told someone that SeaMonkeys don’t need any salt. Is there no salt in the water purification or in with the eggs? I never tasted it to find out. A. Thank goodness because it tastes horrible! Something like a cross between nail polish remover and Tang! (actually, isn’t that what Tang tastes like in the first place….but I digress.) Actually, if you read the question you will note that Sea Monkeys do not require iodized salt. Sea Monkeys require salt and other minerals but these things come in the package that you use to creat them. Don’t worry, you need not add any of that iodized product…they are fully self-contained and self-sufficient once the purifier and “Instant Life” packages are added!
Q. To what genus do they belong? A. I’m glad you asked this question because I can show off my incredible knowledge gleaned from the Sea Monkey handbook (I knew that studying would pay off some day!) Actually, they are of the genus “Artemia” which is the same genus as the brine shrimp. They live in salt lakes and salt flats, not in the ocean! But, they are not brine shrimp but a specially bred variety of shrimp. You can learn a lot from the little crustaceans – but don’t tell your kids about this they may lose interest (just kidding).
Q. Do Seamonkeys like the sun or hate it? A. Sea Monkeys love the sun as they are photo-reactive, meaning that they react when placed in light or sunlight. (Actually, I have heard that some Sea Monkeys actually suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder and leaving them out of the sun would make them withdrawn and sullen!) I would suggest that you check their water on a regular basis to make sure that they are not getting too hot but otherwise you can’t go wrong with putting your wonderful Sea Monkeys in the sun to frolic and play! See the “Teach your Sea Monkey Tricks” page to find out more about their love for light!
Q. What are we feeding them, Bluegreen alge? Does the Bluegreen alge like or hate the sun? A. Wow, the hard questions are starting now….I thought this was going to be easy! Actually, I’m not sure what we are feeding them as I haven’t analyzed it closely but my best guess would be algae and diatoms, as per the handbook. Both of these single celled organisms flourish in the Sea Monkey tank and provide them with food and nutrients! Diatoms and algae require sunlight to live as they use a process called photosynthesis (photo= light and synthesis =create) to make their food! As noted above, keep your wonderful Sea Monkeys in the sunlight and they will frolic; keep their water in the light and you will find a flourishing colony of algae! Did you ever think that Sea Monkeys could teach us so much?
Q. Are Sea Monkeys a type of Plankton? A. A good question but unfortunately the answer is no. Sea Monkeys are, in fact, a form of brine shrimp, genetically altered to live longer and grow larger. Plankton is generally a unicellular animal and Sea Monkeys are definitely multi-cellular. I hope this answers your question.

Sea Monkey FAQ on Tank Cleaning

Q. Should I remove their shells after they shed them? A. No, there is no need to. They will decay and drop to the bottom – have you ever noticed all of the stuff that collects at the bottom of the tank – and become part of the Sea Monkey ecosystem. I don’t want to know what happens to it then but you could clean the tank out every once in a while if you want to! (As a note, it is possible for Sea Monkey mothers to release eggs after their deaths! I know, weird, eh? So if you leave the bodies, there might be a chance that you’ll have some new babies!)
Q. Should I remove their shells after they shed them? No, there is no need to. They will decay and drop to the bottom – have you ever noticed all of the stuff that collects at the bottom of the tank – and become part of the Sea Monkey ecosystem. I don’t want to know what happens to it then but you could clean the tank out every once in a while if you want to!
Q: Why is there greenish things on the bottom of my sea monkey tank? Is it fungus, sea monkey waste or what? My sea monkeys keep on diving into it. A: It’s a photosynthetic algae. It’s not a bad idea to remove some if it gets out of control, but *don’t* remove all of it! Not only do the Sea Monkeys eat it (salad?), but it also helps to oxygenate the water! (You may wish to include some vinegar for that salad….don’t do this, I am just kidding!)
Q. Do you do do anything to clean the tank, besides sucking up the gunk from the bottom? I find that the water is beginning to look quite dirty. Do you ever change the water? (Using package #1, of course.)? A. No, you don’t need to change the water but you could do the following:
1. take your Sea Monkeys out of the tank, using a small spoon or the Aqua Leash, and place them, with some of the tank water, in another clean container;
2. run the water through a paper towel or a coffee filtre into another container;
3. put the filtered water back into the tank and add your Sea Monkeys. You may need to top up the tank at that point. Don’t worry about the Purifier as they should be okay at this point – there is some Purifier left over in the water! Remember, you may be losing some baby Sea Monkeys and the good algae and brown diatoms that the Sea Monkeys can feast on so do this with caution. I hope this information helps you! Remember too: if the water is becoming cloudy you may wish to stop feeding them for a while so they can feast on the wonderful algae therein. If their bodies become pale during the feeding hiatus, start again but sparingly.
Q. Today was a disaster. My little brother dumped the entire packet of growth food into my sea monkeys’ home. I did my best to save them and was able to transport most of them into purified water in the porta-pet. I went out to dinner and returned to find several of them dead at the bottom the porta-pet. I can’t think of anything to do. They’re only a week & 1/2 old but I’m quite attached to them. I don’t want to lose my happy colony, and it wouldn’t be the same to just start over and hatch new ones. Please, I need some monkey life-saving advice quick!!!!!!! Please help. It’s an emergency. A. Okay…let’s try this. Are they big enough to see? If so, try to strain the tank out through a paper towel, placing your big enough Sea Monkeys into a clean jar. Then put the water through the towel, sifting out all of the food. Then, when the water is clean enough put the water and the Sea Monkeys back into the tank and pray, a lot. If they aren’t big enough to see there is a problem. There isn’t a great deal you can do except try the above instructions and hope that you got all of them. Then, shame your brother with their possible deaths and tell your mom on him. I would expect that a year’s grounding and a tank full of dead Sea Monkeys will help him understand the magnitude of his crimes against Sea Monkeys.