"Sea Monkeys" As Live Food

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"Sea monkeys" as live food
« on: April 30, 2018, 10:40:12 AM »
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Hi. I've recently been subjected to adverts on children's TV and have noticed Sea Monkeys being advertised. These appear to be some sort of tiny shrimp (brine shrimp?) and I wondered if it would be a good way of growing my own live food for my fish.

I have a few reservations, so I'm interested what others think.

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Re: "Sea monkeys" as live food
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2018, 10:54:53 AM »
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Very interesting...  I had to dash off to Google to see what they were, but remember them now, the "Instant Life" promos etc... 

I have no idea how safe or practical they would be as fish food though, but did see this excerpt on Wiki: 

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A colony is started by adding the contents of a packet labelled "Water Purifier" to a tank of water. This packet contains salt, water conditioner, and some brine shrimp eggs. After 24 hours, this is augmented with the contents of a packet labelled "Instant Life Eggs", containing more eggs, yeast, borax, soda, salt, some food and sometimes a dye. Shortly thereafter, Sea-Monkeys hatch from the eggs that were in the "Water Purifier" packet. "Growth Food" containing yeast and spirulina is then added every few days."

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Re: "Sea monkeys" as live food
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2018, 10:59:51 AM »
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Well, I have spirulina flakes for my fish. And water conditioner. Depending on how the different components come, I might be able to leave out some of the more undesirable ingredients. (Like dye?)

I wonder what the yeast, borax and soda would be for.

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Re: "Sea monkeys" as live food
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2018, 11:04:55 AM »
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I'd want to know more about the "salt" content...  This could be used as a generic word I suppose, and could be almost anything...?

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Re: "Sea monkeys" as live food
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2018, 11:08:17 AM »
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Found this, which may be helpful
http://fishkeepingadvice.com/brine-shrimp/

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Re: "Sea monkeys" as live food
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2018, 01:35:05 PM »
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"Sea monkeys" are just brine shrimp, the same ones we feed to fish. They're quite easy to hatch, more fiddly to grow on. And much cheaper frozen. :)

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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2018, 09:25:56 PM »
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I give my fish frozen brine shrimp. I always look at the live food in the fish shop, but it's always past its best because it's been there a few days. So I've often wondered about growing my own and have done a little research previously. But the link @Littlefish provided is better than anything I had found - thank you.

The Sea Monkeys intrigued me because the advert made it look a lot easier than any of the previous information I'd found.

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