Sea Monkey Frequently Asked Questions

Do you want to know more about the world’s favorite instant pet? Then click below for more information, or consult the index if you want to see all the questions and answers! If you don’t see an answer to a question you have, write to the Sea Monkey Answer Lady and all will be revealed (well, as best as I can!)

If your Sea Monkeys are sick, please visit the Sea Monkey Emergency Centre to submit your questions to the Sea Monkey Lady. If you can’t get your tank going, then please visit either the So You’ve Started a Tank page for some ideas, or the Help! My Sea Monkeys Didn’t Work to request assistance.

FINAL DISCLAIMER: I have created a list of the top 11 questions normally asked of me to help you winnow down what you want to know from the huge list of things below. Please click on this…Top 11 Questions to see if yours is listed there!

Please please please read the FAQ before writing to me. I am swamped with e-mails and any that come in with the questions “What are Sea Monkeys” are likely to go unanswered. Additionally, if you want some help with a science project, please consult the Science FAQ below or the True Science! page on the site before writing to me. Any e-mails with “give me all the information you have…” or “what kinds of experiments can I do with Sea Monkeys” will also likely go unanswered.

Want to know more about adding water? Want to know more about Sea Monkeys?
Want to know more about feeding? Are your Sea Monkeys fighting?
Or are they in love? Should you clean the tank or move them to another?
Are you writing a paper or doing a project? Are you out of food, or need more supplies?
Do you want to know more about other foods? Or just need some help caring for your tank?
Are your Sea Monkeys sick or dying? Or do you just want to know some weird stuff about Sea Monkeys?
Do you want to know more about the Sea Monkeys adventures in space? Is it an urban legend or is it true??? Sea Monkey myths debunked!

Products for the Classroom

These products have been discontinued.

There are two new Sea Monkey products for the classroom. I am not a teacher, but I have been using the projects and items from the Bio-mania kit while presenting my workshops, and I am pleased. If you are a teacher and you are interested in using Sea Monkeys in the classroom — non-harmful experiments only, please — then write to the Sea Monkey Lady for some ideas for projects in the classroom or visit my
Science page
, where you will find ideas for science fairs, information sheets, and links to other scientific sites!

Comes with six packages of water purifier, eggs, and food, as well as six petri dishes, pipettes, and Aqua Leashes.


(Quoted from the web site) Each activity takes about 15 minutes and can be presented daily as a two-week unit or interspersed throughout the year to correlate with your curriculum design. Teacher’s guide provides ideas for stepping the level of science difficulty up or down to meet the challenges of a particular class or age level. Written to include content guidelines from the National Science Education Standards. Comes with a Teacher’s Guide and six of each of the following: 5X hand-held
magnifiers, #1 Water Purifier packets, #2 Instant Live Eggs packets, #3 Growth Food packets, small feeding spoons, and student page masters. This up-close, teacher-friendly science experience features the incredibly versatile and exceptionally loveable Sea-Monkeys. Concepts explored include life cycles, living organisms and non-living things, environments, basic needs, behaviors, and structures.

Comes with six packages of water purifier, eggs, and food, as well as six petrie dishes, pipettes, and Aqua Leashes.


(Quoted from the website) Each activity takes about 15 minutes and can be presented daily as a two-week unit or interspersed throughout the year to correlate with your curriculum design. Teacher’s guide provides ideas for stepping the level of science difficulty up or down to meet the challenges of a particular class or age level. Written to include content guidelines from the National Science Education Standards. Comes with a Teacher’s Guide and six of each of the following: 5X hand-held
magnifiers, #1 Water Purifier packets, #2 Instant Live Eggs packets, #3 Growth Food packets, small feeding spoons, and student page masters. An easy way to energize a hands-on, in-depth, bio-science curriculum with help from a virtually endless supply of remarkably talented and willing Sea-Monkeys! Concepts and activities include ecosystems, adaptations and populations, patterns and behavior, growth, structure, cells and living systems, diversity and reproduction.

Sea Monkey Videos

The Sea Monkeys Swim!
Watch a variety of Sea Monkeys swim in a Mars Lander tank

The Sea Monkeys Eat
Video about eating, how to spot a male, and how to know he is healthy

A Happy Healthy Tank
An example of a happy, healthy tank of Sea Monkeys. If you look closely, you can see two Sea Monkeys mating (upper left corner of screen.) Also, note the color of the water. It is clear, with a few specks moving around. This is a clean tank, but not a cleaned tank. By only feeding them once every five days, I ensure that there is no extra food wasted in the tank!

Sea Monkey Mating
Watch the tank for two Sea Monkeys swimming together “piggy back” style. This is Sea Monkey mating. They will come up just behind the Mars Lander, swim across to the left, then swim back from left to right! Pretty cool stuff. The female does already have an egg sac on her stomach.

Sea Monkey Catalog 1

Have you ever wondered what would happen to Sea Monkeys in space? The seventh graders at Fort Couch Middle School in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA, did, and they set out to design an experiment to send Sea Monkeys into space. After designing and submitting an experiment to NASA, the American Space Agency, the Sea Monkeys went up in the Space Shuttle Discovery on October 29, 1998, with U.S. Senator John Glenn!

What are Sea Monkeys doing in space? Many of the experiments were designed to see the effects of space travel on small creatures. One experiment studied the Sea Monkeys’ ability to live for long periods of time in a type of suspended animation. Another experiment studied the bacteria which lived in the tanks of Sea Monkeys. And yet another wanted to test the Sea Monkeys reactions to weightlessness, gravitational forces upon re-entry, and temperature fluctuations in the Space Shuttle.

What happens when a Sea Monkey goes into space? During the STS-95 Mission on the Space Shuttle Discovery in October, 1998, the Sea Monkeys travelled almost 7 million kilometres (or 3.8 million miles) miles, endured three Gs of gravitational force on re-entry, and spent almost nine days in space with the astronauts. They have travelled on the Space Shuttle Endeavour, the USML-1 Columbia, and the Space Shuttle Atlantis, and spent time in the Mir Space Station.

What are Sea Monkeys doing in space? Many of the experiments were designed to see the effects of space travel on small creatures. One experiment studied the Sea Monkeys’ ability to live for long periods of time in a type of suspended animation. Another experiment studied the bacteria which lived in the tanks of Sea Monkeys. And yet another wanted to test the Sea Monkeys reactions to weightlessness, gravitational forces upon re-entry, and temperature fluctuations in the Space Shuttle. They were packaged in these containers full of tubes, seen here on the left.

What happens when a Sea Monkey returns from space? Nothing. The students in Pennsylvania found no differences between the Sea Monkeys that remained on the ground and those who travelled in space with the astronauts! One of the experimenters on the Mir Space Station did note that the algae didn’t fare as well. Upon its return, he described the algae as “clumpy.”

Stranger Than Fiction: Sea Monkey Science Information

The True Science page is always under construction as I learn more and more about our briny friends. Please see below for student resources, teachers’ resources, and other general information pages on Sea Monkeys. If you are interested in learning more about Sea Monkeys in space, please.

I am pleased to say that I have been able to get some actual Sea Monkey video on line! Finally! The videos are in windows media file format, so if you can’t play that, you can’t see these videos. I am working on getting them into other formats, but that costs money, and that might mean putting ads on the site…so you get the general idea. Also, please only download them once…my bandwidth is being sucked up quickly, and again we’re back to the whole money thing…
Click here to visit the Sea Monkey videos page now!

So what exactly are Sea Monkeys? Sea Monkeys are a type of brine shrimp, and a member of the animal family Crustacea, which also includes crabs and lobsters. All crustaceans have a hard shell (known as an exoskeleton) that provides their bodies with support, the way our bones help us keep our shapes. Having a hard shell is great when you’re a small creature in a big ocean! It makes it more difficult for animals to eat the Sea Monkey and get to its gooey parts inside. But there’s a
big problem. As the Sea Monkey grows bigger inside the shell, the shell stays the same size. So it needs to shed its shell, but this exposes its soft bodies to the outside world. It’s a perfect time for predators to eat them! (Fortunately, Sea Monkeys don’t have any predators in the little tank, so yours will be safe!) So they want to grow that shell quickly. Once the shell grows back, larger and harder, they are protected until the next time they need to grow bigger!
Have you ever wondered how Sea Monkeys can live so long in those little packages? Sea Monkeys can manufacture their own trehalose, a substance they use to coat their eggs to keep them safe from extreme temperatures and lack of water. Once coated, these eggs are now called cysts and they can live many years in this state. But once the conditions are just right and you add the water to the eggs, they come back to life! This is how
Sea Monkeys appear to come instantly to life when you add water!

Are your Sea Monkeys boys or girls? Is there a way to tell? Look at these two pictures….Do you notice any differences (other than the color)?


Female Sea Monkey


Male Sea Monkey

The males are always smaller than the females (although this doesn’t help if you don’t have any females to use as a comparison!) And if you look closely, you’ll see that the males have pincers coming from under their chins. They use these pincers the way crabs or lobster use their claws, to fight or grab things. The females are generally larger, and once mature, will carry a brown colored egg sac on their stomachs.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN THEY ARE FULL GROWN? Did you know that when Sea Monkeys are born, they have three eyes? And as they get older and closer to adulthood, they lose that middle eye? (And you’d think that something like that would come in handy!) This is one way to tell when they are full grown, although it is hard to see the third eye. There are other, easier ways to tell when Sea Monkeys are mature. First, they grow bigger — up to 3/4 of an inch long! Second, the males will grow pincers under their chins. Third, you will see an egg sac on the stomach of the female. And finally they will have moulted their shells quite a number of times. If you look on the bottom of the tank, you might see some black things that look like Sea Monkeys. These are discarded shells. Can you tell when they are moulting? It’s hard, but if you watch carefully, you may see them shedding their shells!

Sea Monkey Anatomy 101!

Sea Monkeys don’t have brains; they have groupings of nerves called “ganglia.” One of these is found in the Sea Monkey’s head, the other just below the gut. These ganglia send out the messages to the Sea Monkey’s body to do different things, such as eat, or sleep, or chase after another Sea Monkey.

They breathe through their legs, using long tubes that come up from their feet. The gill plates along the sides of their legs help transport the oxygen they need to live! This is why they are called “branchiopods”.

A Sea Monkey’s kidneys aren’t located in its abdomen, the way ours are. Its kidneys are located in its head!

Sea Monkeys have a circulatory system to help move the blood around their bodies. Their hearts, located dorsally in their torsos, pump blood around their tiny bodies, the way our blood is pumped through our circulatory systems. As a note, they have hemoglobin in their blood, as do we. Hemoglobin helps carry oxygen around the body. Strangely, there is an inverse correlation between the amount of oxygen in a Sea Monkey’s blood and the outside environment; the more oxygen in the tank, the less in the blood, and vice versa.

Sea Monkeys sometimes appear to be juggling the algae in the tank. Why is this? They are using their little legs to push the algae up to their mouth parts so they can eat it. And sometimes the Sea Monkey will look red. This is because the blue-green algae sometimes metabolizes their bodies to make it appear an orangy color.

Here follows a list of scientifically related Sea Monkey pages! Enjoy!

Science Project ideas
Please read these as opposed to writing to me for ideas. I simply don’t have any, and these sites will give you lots of ideas for creating science fair projects or science experiments. Please do contact me with your results, as I am collecting information for the book and for this site, and I would love to be able to include some successful ones!

Project ideas for students:

The Brine shrimp project
which is suitable for all age groups

The Silver stain Project which is more suitable for older grades and university

Where will brine shrimp hatch?”
(not sure of grade)

Sea Monkeys and salt Water experiments:
Finding optimal salt concentration for hatching brine shrimp

Project ideas for teachers:

Teachers: If you want more information on science projects or on the Bio-Mania grade appropriate Sea Monkey kits (for up to 6 students), then please write to The Sea Monkey Lady, Susan Barclay
for more information or click
here for Products for the Classroom!

The Brine Shrimp Fact Sheet from the Rhode Island Sea Grant provides a great summary of brine shrimp biology!

For some more sophisticated information on brine shrimp consult:

Sea Monkeys are a form of “Artemia Salina”, or brine shrimp. Sea Monkeys have been genetically altered to live longer, shed their shells more often, and live in a smaller, less briny tank. If you want more information, please search for “artemia salina” on the web.

I am in the process of amalgamating a great deal of material. Please keep checking back.

Top 11 Questions About Sea Monkeys

Click on a question to find it in the list, or just scroll down! Feel free to write to the Sea Monkey Lady with any further questions, but please remember that I get many messages and might not be able to get to yours right away.

  1. I started a tank but it’s not working!
  2. My Sea Monkeys are not clear colored but a shade of pink or beige
  3. How often should I feed them?
  4. My tank is seriously grungy!
  5. My tank is full of little white cotton balls!
  6. My Sea Monkeys aren’t growing!
  7. What are these white crystals around the top of the tank?
  8. My Sea Monkey is flailing at the bottom of the tank!
  9. I see pregnant females but I never see babies!
  10. What are all these black spots in the tank?
  11. My Sea Monkey is going black but is still alive.

1. I started a tank and I can’t see a thing! All I see are little brown dots in the water! Help!


So your Sea Monkey tank didn’t work. May I make a suggestion…give it time. The eggs in the package are waiting for just the right moment to hatch — they’ve been waiting up to 50 years, so a few more days won’t make a difference to them. You need to prepare the tank for their arrival. You’ve added the water purifier and eggs, but nothing has happened…but we can fix that. Okay, pretend the tank is teeming with life! What would you do? You would feed them every five days with the small spoon.
You would aerate the tank twice a day with the Bubble Pump or Aqua Leash, or perhaps you are going to blow through a straw (or you could get a little turkey baster from a dollar store…) You would also make sure the water temperature was good, putting them indirect light and keeping them out of the cold. Do all these things, and if they have not come to life after ten days, we may need to discuss cashing in that life insurance policy.

2. My Sea Monkeys are orange or brown or beige or pink? What’s going on?


Your Sea Monkeys need oxygen to live. If they don’t have enough, they will start turning a pinky colour (for more information on why, please visit the Science page.) What can you do? Do you have an Aqua Leash or Million Bubble Air Pump? If not, then you can blow into the tank with a straw (but you run the risk of sucking them up!) or use a small turkey baster that you can get for about $1 at your local dollar store. Aerate the tank at least twice a day —
morning and night — and more often if you can remember. There is nothing wrong with a lot of oxygen in the tank! As a note, you can stir the tank or move the water back and forth from the tank to a clean container, but I find this doesn’t work as well and can get messy. Invest a dollar in the pump or a turkey baster as these will work better!

For a quick cure, aerate the tank during every meal (your meals, not theirs…) so do it first thing in the morning, during breakfast, during lunch (if you are home), during dinner, and before bed time. Keep doing this until they return to their white colour. How long should you aerate each time? At least a minute.

3. How often should I feed my Sea Monkeys? The instructions in one place say to do it once a week, in another every three days, and in yet another every fourteen days!


Sea Monkeys should be fed once every five days, and I always recommend you do it with the small spoon. Once the algae gets going in the tank, then you can actually stop feeding so often. How to tell if they are well fed? You will see a black line down the Sea Monkey’s body; this is the digestive tract. If they are full, the line will be black. If not, then get a’feeding! Secondly, if they have a white tail coming from behind them they are well fed. This is Sea Monkey excrement.

4. 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.

5. What are all these little white cotton balls in the tank?


These are a type of bacteria that can kill the tank. You need to remove them. Try to do it with a small spoon and see if you can get all of it out. Keep trying until they have all gone. If you have some Sea Medic, this is the time to add it to the tank! Add it, wait a day or two, then add it again. Finally, if you simply can’t get them out of the tank, clean the tank as above. As warned, you will lose eggs and babies, but you are in an emergency situation and need to clean the tank

6. My Sea Monkeys aren’t growing!


It is possible that the water is too cold. When Sea Monkeys face cold, they don’t grow. And, in fact, the new eggs won’t hatch because the conditions aren’t just right. So, they enclose themselves in the cryptobiotically sealed eggs and wait for the conditions to be right. You need to get them into some light every day — some direct light for a while — to heat up the tank. Get them into a nice warm place and keep checking that water. If it’s cold to the touch, then it’s too cold
for them.

7. What is this white crystally stuff at the top of the tank? What should I do with it?


This is a mixture of salt and other minerals. You can break it off if you hate the look of it, and you can return it to the tank if you want. It’s all good …

8. My Sea Monkeys look like they are dying at the bottom of the tank?


Is the Sea Monkey in question female with an egg sac? If so, she could be giving birth at the bottom of the tank. It looks violent, but it is a good thing as you should be seeing babies soon!

9. I have female Sea Monkeys with egg sacs, but I never see any babies! What’s going on?


Sea Monkeys can procreate in five different ways. She can give birth to live babies, but if the conditions aren’t right, she will lay eggs that will seal themselves until the conditions are just right. So perhaps the conditions in your tank aren’t right. Ensure there is enough oxygen, light, warmth, and food in the tank. Make sure it is free from the cotton ball bacteria! And make sure that you are treating the tank in the best possible way. Those eggs don’t need to hatch right away
— they can wait fifty years! — so if you don’t get the conditions right, they won’t bother hatching!

10. My tank has these weird little black spots all over the place?


This is serious. There is only way to save this tank — you need Sea Medic and you need it quickly. This is a rare bacteria that gets into the tank and will eventually kill the Sea Monkeys. Fortunately for you it will take some time, so if you want to order some Sea Medic, you’ll have time to save at least most of the tank. As a secondary note, if you can’t order Sea Medic, try moving the Sea Monkeys to another container with the water. It may be too late and the bacteria may follow
you to that tank, but it’s worth a shot!

11. My Sea Monkey looks black, but he/she is still alive. What is this?


This is a rare Sea Monkey condition in which the Sea Monkey doesn’t moult his/her shell successfully and it remains hanging on its body. It can’t re-generate another shell there, so its body is exposed to the world. There is nothing you can do. It is going to die. I’m sorry.


If you are reading this, then you haven’t had a lot of success with your first tank of Sea Monkeys!
That’s horrible! There is absolutely nothing worse than the anticipation of Instant Life followed
by…nothing! What’s up with that? Starting Sea Monkeys should be an easy and exciting process, but
all you’ve got is a tank of water and eggs that won’t budge! That’s where I come in! Please fill out
the form below with as much information as you can, and let’s see if we can’t get your Sea Monkeys swimming!

As a note, sometimes Sea Monkeys don’t hatch right away if the tank water is cold…
My best suggestion — wait a couple of days, doing all the things you should do — aerating twice a day, feeding
every five days — and if nothing shows up in a week or so, then you know you’re in trouble!

If you aren’t sure if you did everything right, please consult the
So You’ve Started a Tank of Sea Monkeys
for further reference.

An important note: I know you don’t want to give our your e-mail address
to just anyone, but if you don’t send me that information, how am I supposed to write
you back with the answers to your questions???
Don’t worry; I delete your e-mail information
after using it anyway (I have too many messages clogging up my in-box as it is!)
so you can’t blame me if you get any unwanted mail…


Okay, you might have had trouble finding information on the site before, as a lot of the information on the Ask the Sea Monkey Answer Lady page is intended to be humorous. But this page has been created to help you with those first tender days of Sea Monkey life.

Before you begin, check your supplies. You should have, at a minimum, the packages 1 (water purifier), 2 (eggs), and 3 (food.) If you are lacking any of these packages, do not start the process. Proceed down to the nearest toy store and pick up a full kit. Trust me, if you start now, without all of your required supplies, you will be disappointed.

Make sure the tank is clean, then add the water purifier. It is perfectly fine to use bottled water, distilled water, water-cooler water, etc. I wouldn’t recommend Perrier or tap water, because of the extra minerals and fluoride, but it’s your call, right? Please make sure you let the water warm up to room temperature before adding the eggs, regardless of how much time has passed.

Wait the required 24 to 36 hours (you can’t go wrong waiting until the end of the 36 hours, but this could find you adding Sea Monkeys to the tank at 2:00 a.m., so do what you have to do.) You might see some Sea Monkeys in the water at this point. I have no idea why this is, other than to make some specious comments about time travel and Artemia Nyos, and this is supposed to be a serious page.

Stir the Sea Monkeys about and wait. You should see some little dots in the water, either white or black, but you will NOT see anything resembling Sea Monkeys at this point. But you have created INSTANT LIFE!

Now comes the fun part, ownership. Don’t feed them for at least five days, and continue to feed them every five days thereafter. The water purifier and the egg packages contain enough food to get them through those first perilous days, so you will be okay. Ensure that you aerate the tank on a regular basis.

When you do feed them, always use the small end of the feeding spoon. I have found that using the large end, regardless of how large my Sea Monkeys are, leads to quite a messy tank. How do you know when to feed them? Look at your Sea Monkeys: You should be able to see a black stripe down the middle. That is their digestive tract. When that is clear, it means they need food. Feed them then. This should be about once per week, with the little spoon. What if you don’t have a little spoon? Then get a McDonald’s coffee stir spoon and fill about half of that. What if you don’t have the growth food? Then don’t start your Sea Monkey tank! Get yourself a package of food as soon as possible. You can order it from the Official Sea Monkey site or send away to Transcience. Do not feed them other foods…you will kill them. (Apparently there is something you can get from the pet store, but I have not tried it, thus I don’t recommend it.

AERATION!!! This is the most important thing you can do to keep your Sea Monkeys alive. I cannot stress this enough! Ensure that you aerate the tank on a regular basis, a few times a day at first, then once a day after that. The aeration of the tank ensures that the little guys have enough oxygen in the tank. This is also why you don’t want to add too much food to the tank; it sucks up oxygen and can kill the Sea Monkeys. How to aerate the tank? You can blow a straw in to the tank and do it that way (your breath contains about 16% oxygen coming out of your mouth, and that’s enough for them.) You can also put a small plant in the tank — it will contribute oxygen. Or you could swish the tank contents between a clean 12 ounce jar and the tank once per day — they like it, don’t worry about jostling them around.

Finally, it should take about one week before the Sea Monkeys look like Sea Monkeys. Don’t worry if yours take longer — there are variables in every procedure. They will be full grown in about 6 to 8 weeks, and they can start having babies at that point. Make sure you follow all of the directions above, and you will have some serious fun! Good luck!

I hope this is enough to get you started on Sea Monkey ownership. If you’ve read all of the instructions, and followed them, but you are still not having success with your Sea Monkeys, then please visit the Help! My Sea Monkeys Didn’t Work! page on this site to submit your concerns to the Sea Monkey Lady. I’ll do my best to figure out what went wrong and what you can do next. Please make sure you give me all the information requested, as it will make it easier to help!

Contact Us

How to get in touch with the Sea Monkey Lady? It’s easy…write to me. You could take out an ad in the paper “Enthusiastic Sea Monkey person seeks Sea Monkey Lady,” but it’s easy to misinterpret that. You could stand on your rooftop and shout, but the odds are pretty good I’ll be sleeping and won’t hear it. So the easiest way is to E-MAIL ME! E-MAIL ME NOW! YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!!!

If you’re seeking answers but don’t want to e-mail us now, then please check the suggested pages below.

If your tank didn’t work please visit the How to Start a Sea Monkey Tank page to see if this will help you.

If you have a question and just want to look it up then please visit the Top 11 Questions page and perhaps your question will be answered there!

If you need help with a school project please visit the True Science page.

If your tank needs emergency help because it isn’t thriving please visit the Top 11 Questions page for the most asked questions of Sea Monkey tank owners.

If none of those helped, please visit the FAQ where there are loads of questions and answers that might help.

Okay, so you’ve checked out those pages and nothing has helped. Then write to us!!!

Sea Monkey Worship Page

Are you looking for the tank of your dreams? Are you seeking for your first tank or seeking an upgrade from your Basic Ocean Zoo? Some of the tanks are rated on a scale from 1 to 10 if the reader offers the information (one indicates that the tank “bites”…you know the rest) and include reviews from the Sea Monkey Lady and readers of this site. If you are interested in offering your two cents on your favorite, your least favorite or your most cost effective tank, send it in to the
Sea Monkey Lady
and let me know what you think and why!

Comes with: Water Purifier, Instant Live Eggs, Growth Food, Built-in bubbler, Calibrated Feeding Spoon, Instructions and three AAA batteries.
Reviewer Christina says:
I had TWO Explor-A-Subs. The first one had a leak in it and I contacted customer service. The woman was very nice and she told me she would send me another one and she told me if I just super glue the leak, it would stop leaking and then I would have TWO tanks. I liked the idea of these tanks except that the lights don’t have a switch to stay on. It would look very nice in a darkened room except you have to hold down the button to keep it on so the lights aren’t so great. The noises were
alright. One thing that got on my nerves with this tank was that it is very hard to get into the ends to clean it up. For instance, I wanted “peel” off some of the overgrown algae growing on the walls and I couldn’t reach most of it because the shape of the tank makes it difficult. There are two different models that I know of for this line of tank, one has a circular nickel sized opening in the top (VERY difficult to get into the ends with this opening) and a triangular opening which is easier
as it is longer but still difficult.

Comes with: Water Purifier, Instant Live Eggs, Sea-Monkeys Growth Food, Super-Conditioning Plasma III Formula, Calibrated Growth Food Measuring Spoon, Aqua-Leash, and the Sea-Monkeys Life Insurance Policy
Reviewer Christina says:
I had the Magic Castle Tank. I absolutely LOVED this tank. A++ grade. The only thing I could complain about is that the top doesn’t “stick” onto the tank, it just sits there and stays on by gravity. Some people I’ve spoken to says theirs is pretty tight on, maybe they have improved this in recent models.

Sea Monkey Lady review:
I adore this tank…not only does it look like a snow globe (which rocks), but it stays really stable on a desk or other flat surface. It comes with all the essentials, which is nice, and it’s really affordable. On the bad side, people will think it is a snow globe and want to shake it up or tip it over to make the flakes move…just let them know this is not an option!

Final analysis: 9 out of 10!

Pirate’s Gold comes with Water Purifier, Instant Live Eggs, Growth Food, Aquarium tank, Aero-vent Aquarium cover, Magnifier lid, Calibrated feeding spoon, Port-A-Pet life boat key chain, Aqua-leash, Illustrated Instructions, and Free Handbook offer
Reader review: cmonkeykraz says:

My favorite tank is the pirate gold one.
1. I rate it 10/10
2. It came with the micro view tank, the 3 packets, aqua leash, and port a pet lifeboat.
3. I like it because it is plain and simple yet it includes all of the necessary things like the aqua leash and it is a little fancier than the ocean zoo. I am not really into all the fancy landscaping or aerators because I prefer to make my own little aerators for my tanks and the landscaping just makes it difficult for the tank to stay clean.
My thoughts? It is a great tank, I particularly like the fact that it has the color changing sea monkeys (they look so nifty)

Average reader rating: 10/10