When I was young, I kept amazing live Sea-monkeys as pets and did everything right. I sent away for numerous extras including banana treats, bubble aerator and even a potion to make them fall in love and have babies. I always found them lying on the bottom of the tank curled up in dust. I was devastated.
Although I knew the Sea-monkeys I bought for my daughter would probably suffer the same fate, I really wanted Miss Possum to experience them for herself; watch them twirl and somersault in their little underwater land. They are mesmerising.
I found myself getting really excited when we bought the setup and my enthusiasm tends to rub off on Miss L. “They are instant live sea-monkeys, baby, so we should see them hatch right away!”
Of course, I hadn’t read the packet.
We went outside with the setup and as I started reading, I realised that we wouldn’t have instant live Sea-monkeys straight away, the water purifier had to do its thing – a wait of 24 hours. The disappointment on Miss Ls face was obvious (and so was the annoyance on mine. I’m very impatient too).
Finally, the next day came and we went straight outside to tip the Sea-monkey eggs into the water and…
Nothing. All day we searched.
Day 2 – Nothing
Day 3 – Mummy squinting and pushing her nose up to tank for any movement… nothing.
Day 4 – There was something. Something tiny. A speck of movement in the water. One Sea-monkey! I was excited. Miss L couldn’t see it.
Day 5 – A few more tiny specks swimming around in the water.
Again, I hadn’t read the packet properly. But when one reads the title ‘The world’s only instant pets!’ then, I’d assume they’re, well, instant. In tiny little letters it’s written that it can take up to 4-5 days!
All this hype and they didn’t hatch until day four.
The excitement was gone.
Even though our Sea-Monkey journey started badly, as they grew, which seemed almost daily, Miss L became more interested and enjoyed watching their little antics. She didn’t become a crazy sea-monkey enthusiast like her mother was but she enjoyed watching and feeding them. I enjoyed it too.
They are now over a month old and we’ve learnt heaps about them- how they shed their skin to grow, why boy Sea-monkeys fight, how they *cough* make babies (the frisky things didn’t need potion this time) and about baby Sea-monkeys. Yes! Say hello to the newest amazing live Sea-monkey breeder! We have babies, with three Sea-monkeys having eggs sacs.
No little Sea-monkeys have died yet either!
It’s a great learning experience for children and a wonderful, interesting type of pet. Just try not to build your child’s expectations too high until the little tackers are swimming about in the tank.
The official Sea-monkey Website that includes information on:
- What sea-monkeys are
- Fun facts
- How to help sick sea monkeys
- Additional products
Have you kept Sea-monkeys before? Have you built up your child’s expectations about something only to have disappointed them?