Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sea Monkey Diary: A Well Balanced Diet

Here my tank sits on my desk at work, ready to have a bit of water added. In front of it you can see the products that I've used so far (after packets one and two of course) .

On day five I fed my newest batch of Monkeys with Packet #3, good old "Sea-Monkey Growth Food." It doesn't smell yummy to me but this powdered green algae seems to do the monkeys just fine.

Two days later things got exciting! I used some Red-Magic Sea-Monkey Vitamins. Can't ya feel the excitement? The envelope boasts a combination of Vitamins A-B1-B6-B12 and C. Oddly enough, nowhere on the packet does it mention that it will turn your Sea-Monkeys red, but this promise is made on the website and in the handbook. The packet does encourage the use of another product: "Now, with all that extra health, put them in the mood for love and breeding with 'Cupids Arrow' It can turn a Sea-Monkey aquarium into a regular "love boat"!
We'll soon find out.

On day nine I fed the gang some Gro-Kwikly Sea-Monkey Growth Stimulator. My guys may not be professional athletes but that doesn't mean they don't deserve steroids. Maybe someday when I have more time I'll run two tanks, one with and one without the Growth Stimulator.

Day Ten, the Sea Monkeys get Plasma III. This product sometimes labeled as "Packet 4" claims to be "...formulated so that 50% more young Sea Monkeys will grow and thrive in any 'Ocean-Zoo' aquarium." Again, would love to try two tanks. I think I'll hit the Sea Monkey folks up for more information about Plasma III. For now though, I added three scoops (using the big end of the feeding spoon) and will add another scoop every two weeks.

All that I have left is Banana Treat and Cupid's Arrow. Check back to see how I fare with these. I do not have Sea Medic, for sick Sea Monkeys, but will try to get some.

12 comments:

Brian Jonson said...

Thanks for the update. I have a question regarding feeding.

Do you take a bit of tank water out and mix the food with it and then pour it back? I saw that recommended on the official site some time ago. It keeps the food from floating on the top so long, I believe.

KLJ said...

I don't always do that but I think it's a good idea. Mixes the food with the water, and also that bit of water is highly oxygenated.

Bet said...

Well, lo and behold. You really ARE the sea monkey geek! Thanks for your comment on my blog. I had no idea the little fellows were still around, but they really need to stop representing them as (as you call it) little humanoids- look at that packet of food in your blog! A woman sea monkey with a man sea monkey on her lap!

But again, thanks for the comment - I've been enlightened!

SMG said...

Even Chicken McNuggets are anthropomorphized.
But the modern Sea Monkey kits all feature a picture of what they actually look like.

Click Here for my snarky comments on the "Disappointed" topic.

cabanird said...

hello-- i am a new sea monkey owner... and i am afraid that my sea monkeys will not be alive much longer. they are moving around slowly, and i see those 'white cottonball things' in the tank which is apparently a bacteria that sea medic can kill. i will be putting my envelope in the mail tomorrow, but i am afraid they will die before i receive sea medic. is there anything i can do to help them out? any home remedies?

how long does it usually take to receive an order from the Sea Monkey company? (Transcience)

Thanks!

Rosemary

KLJ said...

Rosemary,
My advice for a quick solution is to mix up a new batch of water with the water conditioner (packet 1) and then move your guys into the new container. Some of their old water will come with, and that is fine. Actually the more the better so it's a less extreme move. But it will still be a move, and a reduction in pollutants that they're swimming about in.
This has worked for me and I make these kind of water changes something I do once in a while when I think the water has gotten really bad.
Keep in mind packet 1 does have some eggs in it, so you'll also be adding some new monkeys to the picture.
Do still use the Sea-Medic when it arrives, and consider ordering some extra to have around for such emergencies.
Good luck to you.

Brian said...

Keith:

I just wanted to let you know that I am very eager for a tank update post! How is the colony doing?

mothsmoke said...

hello.

i just started my first sea monkey colony at the beginging of this month and the bacteria has started inflitrating!

please give me some advice if you can.

i added the medic today in the tank. the main problem however is that some of the sea monkeys have gotten trapped in the gunk. they can't move, and one or two have the gunk stuck on them. they can swim but the gunk stays with them. i tried using the aqua leash but it doesn't help.

will the sea medic sort this out?

please help i don't know what to do. i would appreciate a response!

thanks a lot.

Wontolla said...

Great post!!!!
I'm a little bit jealous!!!
In Italy is impossible to find the special packages!!!!!
I would like to use them, but I can't order!!!
Does anyone knows how can I buy these things?
Thanks!

Jessica said...

Hi my names jess.
i recieved my sea monkeys at christmas and i already did step 1 which was the purifier and all.
i then put the eggs in and i can see the little fellas hatching.
i was wondering if i can aerate the tank now or should i wait till the sea monkeys are 2-3 days old.
when can i start aerating the sea monkeys? how old can i do it to them?
also how long does it take for the order for sea monkeys to come back?

thanks, Jess

cheryl said...

i noticed a kink in your aqua leash ... mine was the same until someone suggested i put it under hot water ... i ran hot water over it just from the bathroom sink and it unkinked in seconds ... just a suggestion :O)

Randal said...

so the packet # 3 ended up in water. I put it in a clean jar and hope to use the food anyway. This will not jeopardize the health of my Sea Monkeys will it?