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If your Sea-Monkeys do NOT hatch instantly

If your Sea-Monkeys DO NOT HATCH INSTANTLY, check the following list to FIND THE REASON. Do not make the mistake of throwing out the water if you do not see them at first. Remember, except for ONE CHANCE in a MILLION, your Sea-Monkeys ARE ALIVE and well! These emergency instructions will solve any problem you may have.
  1. Did you look very closely?
    Your failure to see them is one of the most common reasons for thinking they did not hatch. When born, Sea-Monkeys are as tiny as a pinpoint sized "dot" of white. Also, very FEW may hatch at first, and THESE may be hiding among other particles in the water. You must SEARCH very carefully, in plenty of light, for the tiniest of MOVING specks that wiggle and swim.

  2. Did you wait the full 24 hours before adding packet No. 2?
    They will NOT hatch ON TIME if you fail to WAIT LONG ENOUGH for the water, purified with packet No. 1, to CURE. After you have added Water Purifier, you must not put in packet No. 2 until AT LEAST 24 HOURS have passed. This gives the Water Purifier chemicals the time needed to eliminate toxic elements and prepare the INSTANT "reactor" catalyst that makes the Sea-Monkeys appear to hatch ON CONTACT with the water. If you added packet No. 2 TOO SOON, set the container aside for ONE DAY. You will have your Sea-Monkeys on the SECOND DAY.

  3. Did you accidentally add packets No. 1 and No. 2 at the same time?
    If you added BOTH packets No. 1 and No. 2 to the water at the SAME TIME, the Sea-Monkeys CAN NOT HATCH INSTANTLY. This mistake will NOT ruin your attempt to produce them, fortunately. Set the container aside for TWO DAYS. You will have your Sea-Monkeys on the THIRD DAY.

  4. Did you use the correct amount of water?
    Sea-Monkeys WILL NOT HATCH if you measured the WRONG AMOUNT OF WATER that should be used. You must use EXACTLY 10 ounces of water to get Sea-Monkeys to hatch "on the button." Failure to use the RIGHT QUANTITY of water will NOT ruin the experiment. It WILL however cause a DELAY.

    Too little water:
    If YOU used too LITTLE water, simply add MORE to arrive at the RIGHT AMOUNT (10 ounces).

    Too much water:
    If you OVER DID IT and added TOO MUCH water, let the container STAND until it has EVAPORATED to the proper amount. DO NOT DRAIN OFF excess water. The QUANTITY of formula provided in the two packets, No. 1 and No. 2 is the amount of chemicals needed for 10 ounces. Too much water DILUTES the formula. Too little water CONCENTRATES it. Note: All styles of the Micro-Vue Ocean-Zoos hold just the right amount of water when filled to the top of the highest magnification lens on the Ocean-Zoo's outer wall.

  5. Is the room temperature correct?
    Incorrect ROOM TEMPERATURE can DELAY hatching. Ideally, the temperature should be 20 - 27C or 68 - 80F. Rapid temperature changes WILL delay the hatching time.
Health Tips :

For Sea-Monkey Success Come on in, the water's fine:
To help keep your Sea-Monkeys water at the correct temperature, pick up an aquarium thermometer from your local pet store, or order it from our online store. These inexpensive units are a thin, smallish piece of plastic that will stick right on theOUTSIDE of your Ocean-Zoo tank and help you chart the comfort-zone within.

What's it all about, algae:
Exposure to INDIRECT sunlight is one of the BEST GIFTS you can give your Sea-Monkey pets. Natural sunlight allows algae (an underwater vegetation) to grow in the tank. This serves your briny breed in two ways: 1.) It provides them with a SCRUMPTIOUS food source they will enjoy "grazing" on, and 2.) the algae generates oxygen providing them with an ample supply to breath in their watery underworld. Caution: Direct sunlight will be TOO HOT for your aqua-pets so make sure you don't accidentally cook up a batch of boiled shrimp by leaving them in DIRECT sunlight. Note: If an indirect natural sun source is not available, a grow lamp (used for plants) will also get the job done. Once again, be sure to monitor the waters temperature to keep your Sea-Monkeys comfortable and happy.

Breath of life:
Sea-Monkeys need oxygen in their water in order to survive. This can be accomplished several ways;
  1. Stir the Sea-Monkey water with a plastic spoon handle, straw, or swizzle stick. This will help a little bit but it is the least desirable way of adding oxygen to your tank. Make sure the stirring device is sterile -- see "Soap duds" below.
  2. Pour the Sea-Monkey water back and forth slowly (several times) from their tank into another sterile container.
  3. The PREFERRED method is to aerate the water with a "Million-Bubble Air Pump". If one did not come with your Sea-Monkeys kit, they can be ordered from us.

Soap duds:
When using ANY item that will come in contact with your Sea-Monkey's water, make sure it is washed thoroughly but do NOT use any soaps or detergents in the process. Cleansers contain chemicals that can kill your sea creatures. This next tip requires ADULT SUPERVISION: To insure an item is sterile, boil it in water. This will kill any bacteria or agents that may be harmful to your Sea-Monkey pets.Remember, ASK FOR ASSISTANCE!

The Carbonic Plague:
The first seven days of a Sea-Monkey's life are critical. I highly recommend aerating the tank EVERY DAY for the FIRST WEEK. One of the greatest enemies of Sea-Monkeys is carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a gas which all animals naturally produce but is more important to underwater animals than to land animals. In water, some of the carbon dioxide forms a compound called carbonic acid. This is a very weak acid but it is strong enough to kill your Sea-Monkeys. If there is too much carbonic acid present in your tank, Sea-Monkeys cannot make use of the oxygen that is available to them. As a result, they suffocate. So for the best results (and as a precautionary measure), aerate on a daily basis the first week. And if your Sea Monkeys begin swimming in a sluggish manner,START AERATING again immediately to supply them with oxygen and help fight off the toxic carbonic acid.

To clean, or not to clean?:
As your Sea-Monkeys age, sediment will begin to gather in the bottom of your tank a combination of food, algae, waste and un-hatched eggs. This is a natural part of the process and is not necessarily harmful to your pets. In fact, the Sea-Monkeys seem to enjoy routing around the murky basin. I choose not to clean my tanks -- rather let the process in their ecosystem continue naturally.
If you are neat by nature and demand a tidy bowl, a Sea-Monkey Aqua-Leash makes a great aquatic vacuum cleaner. It has also been reported that pouring the water through a household coffee filter is an effective way of removing the debris. Keep in mind this will also filter out any dormant eggs that reside in the murk and muck.
  1. Remember to take you Sea-Monkeys out before attempting to filter the water!
  2. If you need to add water to your tank, make sure it is treated with packet No.1... Adding fresh water will change the salinity in your tank, and can potentially kill your Sea-Monkeys.
When an adult Sea-Monkey passes on, their blackened carcass will sink to the bottom of the Ocean-Zoo floor. These deceased Sea-Monkeys should be removed. An Aqua-Leash is a handy utensil for this task as well. In a pinch, a new straw or sterile eye dropper might also serve the purpose.

A salty crew:
As the name suggests, Brine Shrimp live in brine, the name given to VERY salty water. This crustacean lives well in many places but perhaps best in two very salty lakes -- the Great Salt Lake in Utah and the Salton Sea in California. These lakes are all that is left of two very large salty seas which are steadily evaporating and becoming more salty. Only a few animals and plants can live in the extreme salty water of these lakes. One breed that thrives in these conditions is the Brine Shrimp. Once your Sea-Monkey tank is fully assembled and ingredients #1 and #2 have been added, the water has been specially formulated with the exact salt content needed for your briny pets to thrive. As water evaporates from your tank, the salt consistency will strengthen. To learn how to combat this, see Water Evaporation below.

Water evaporation:
As the water slowly evaporates in your Sea-Monkey tank, the salt content remains behind and the water becomes more salt concentrated. Sea-Monkeys adapt well to the gradual process of their water world becoming more salty as the water level drops. However, replenishing the water can be a shock to their system as the salt concentration quickly changes when fresh water is added back to their tank. The more water that has evaporated from the tank, the greater the shock to their system when the water is replaced. For this reason, it is recommended to replenish the evaporated water when the level has dropped by one or two inches in your tank. When replenishing water, it is recommended you use room temperature distilled water or boiled tap water that has been left to cool for 24 hours or until it has reached room temperature.