How to Grow Sea Monkeys From a Kit
For my 5-year-old son's birthday this year, I decided to get him some sea monkeys. I had the pleasure of owning sea monkeys when I was a kid, and I remember being very excited about them! I was happy to have them, and they actually did very well—until one day the little aquarium fell to the floor, along with everything in it. That was a very sad day for me, but now I have some more! Ahem, I mean, my son has sea monkeys, and I was more than happy to help him get them started.
New and Improved Sea Monkeys
These are better than the ones we had back in the day. These new and improved "hybrids" grow larger and are guaranteed to live up to 2 years. There are also lots of additional accessories and supplies to purchase for those with a sea monkey obsession. You can get medicine, banana treats, growth stimulator, mating powder, and lots more! You can even get a cool light-up aquarium for them now.
Many places have sea monkey kits for purchase. I got this one at Wal-Mart in the toy section. The kit does come with instructions, but I decided to go ahead and share them again here. You never know when someone might need instructions on how to grow these amazing live sea monkeys!
What You Need:
You will need the sea monkey kit, which is the actual tank; inside will be a small measuring spoon and three packets:
- Packet 1: Water Purifier
- Packet 2: Instant Live Eggs
- Packet 3: Growth Food
In addition to the kit, you will need some distilled drinking water to put into the tank and a plastic spoon for mixing the water in your tank.
Don't put tap water in the tank. It's bad news for the monkeys. If you don't have any distilled drinking water, just boil some water and let it sit and cool and use that. That's the same as distilled water.
Step 1: Fill the Tank
- Take your empty tank and pour in the distilled water up to the "full" line that is on the side of the tank.
- Take packet #1, which is labeled Water Purifier, open it and pour all of it into the tank.
- Then take a clean plastic spoon and mix that around in the tank for about one minute.
- Put the lid on it and let it sit for a full 24 hours. (Also contained in packet #1 is a secret hatching catalyst!)
We didn't have a plastic spoon to mix ours, so we used a clean straw. I don't think it matters as long as whatever you use is clean and everything gets mixed up, but they do recommend using a plastic spoon.
Step 2: Add the Eggs
- Now that 24 hours have passed, open packet #2, which is the Instant Live Eggs, and pour the entire contents into the tank.
- After you empty the packet, stir briefly.
- Then you can hold your aquarium up to the sunlight or a strong light and you should see something that looks like wiggling little dots. Those are your baby sea monkeys . . . some will start hatching immediately!
- Now that you have added the instant live eggs, put the lid back on and enjoy seeing your sea monkeys grow. You don't have to do anything else for another 5 days.
Though you should see some hatch instantly, hatching times will vary depending on the temperature of the water and also the thickness of the eggshells around the sea monkeys. Thinner shells hatch quicker than thicker shells, and if the water is cold, it will take them longer to hatch. Read the helpful hints that come with the kit; it explains all the different things you will want to know.
Step 3: Feed the Sea Monkeys
Now that 5 days have passed since you added the live eggs in packet #2, it's time to start feeding your sea monkeys. Their food is what is in packet #3.
- Take the double-ended measuring spoon that came with the kit. You will notice it has a small measuring spoon on one end and a larger one on the other.
- Use the smaller measuring scoop to measure out the food for your sea monkeys. On the package, it says to feed them one level small scoop of food from packet #3 and put that into the tank.
- After this, according to my research online, it's best to feed them every 5 to 7 days.
Discrepancies Between the Food Package and the Website
On the back of packet #3 (food package), it says to feed them every two days, but after researching online, I noticed that most people feed their sea monkeys every 5 to 7 days. Also, on the sea monkey website, it says to give only half a small scoop to the sea monkeys each feeding.
I don't know why the package says 1 level small scoop and the website says half a small scoop, but I've decided to just give our sea monkeys half a small scoop every week. It seems it's better to underfeed than overfeed them, and ours seem to be doing fine with it. Of course, it's up to you about how much you want to feed your own; I just wanted to point out the discrepancies that I found and what seems to be working best for us so far.
Continued Care for Sea Monkeys
Sometimes, the water may get cloudy in the tank. If this happens, it means there is too much food in the tank. Simply stop feeding them until it clears up, and then start feeding them once a week.
Where to Get More Food
The food in the packet should last a good while, but if you start to run low, you can purchase more sea monkey food at Toys 'R' Us, pet shops, or online several places. You can also get anything you need for them (plus additional supplies) at the official sea monkey website.
Fun Facts About Sea Monkeys
- Sea monkeys are born with one eye, but as they grow, they form two more eyes and end up shedding the one baby eye eventually. So, according to which stage of life they are currently in, they could have either one, two, or three eyes!
- Many think sea monkeys are just brine shrimp, but they are actually not the same. They are in the same family but do have differences. Brine shrimp do not live near as long as sea monkeys.
- Male and female sea monkeys mate to make babies, just like other animal species, but if a male is not present, some females can make babies without a male. The process is called meiotic parthenogenesis.
- Sea monkeys actually breathe through their feet!
- Sea monkeys live up to 2 years and can get up to 3/4 inches long.
I hope you have found this useful. You can check out YouTube for lots of sea monkey videos. Enjoy your sea monkeys!