Saturday, November 26, 2005

Sea Monkeys 9 

I am still waiting for the eggs in the new tank to start hatching. I haven't even seen an "umbrella" yet, let alone any new born sea monkeys. They should have started hatching a couple of days ago.

For some reason, the secret formulas aren't really working that well. If I look at the tank I prepared with boiled, filtered water and seasalt, the little animals seem to be thriving! I am wondering if I should change the contents of the new tank or not. I will give it another couple of days to see what happens.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Sea Monkeys - 8 

The little shrimps didn't seem to like their tank one little bit so I temporarily moved them to another one. In the meantime, I boiled some water, filtered it and let it cool enough to add about 15g of seasalt per 350ml. (I have Googled and Jeeves'd "seawater slinity before starting!)

After the mixture had cooled down to room temperature, I added a little bit of food, and started moving the Sea Monkeys from the old to the new "brine". To my big surprise, the ones who were still alive started swimming frat=ntically around as if trying to eat all the algae floating in the water (yes, that is what their food consists of). Within a few minutes even most of the eggs I had rescued started hatching.

Who knows, maybe they like the seasalt better than the "secret" formula? I have more of them in my tank tonight than I have had since I started it. Until today it seemed as if the little ones would hatch and die. Now they seem like a very lively bunch. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

I have bought an additional (cheap) tank for which I have also boiled and filtered water. I added formula number 1 at about 8pm so I should be able to add the eggs tomorrow evening or Thursday morning. I am curious to see which tank works the best: my seasalt tank of the "formula 1" tank.

Seasalt should be trhe perfect medium to put in a tank like this. After all, it has no additives and has been created in big tanks by letting seawater evaporate. According to several websites, the salinity of seawater lies between 15 and 40 particles per 1000 which means 15 - 40 grams per liter (or thereabout) of water. The northern part of the Atlantic ocean has the lowest value, and the Black sea supposedly has the highest value. I would expect the Black sea and the Salt lake (Utah) to be quite similar - maybe except for temperature?? - and decided to go for a higher salt content than would be found in the Arctic. It seems to be paying off right now.

In addition I have placed the tanks under a spotlight to make sure they get enough light. After all, it's getting quite dark at this time of year, and I am scared they might not get enough rays so to speak.

I will be comparing tanks.....

Monday, November 21, 2005

Sea Monkeys - 7 

They are starting to hatch! I have seen a few of them swimming around this morning. Seeing them moving around in the tank feels good. It must also mean that the low temperature in my house isn't so bad after all.

I can't help but wonder what kind of temperatures they live in in their natural environment. The deep of the sea can't be that warm. I have to look that up somewhere. More to come on this.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Sea Monkeys - 6 

Still no word from that bogus webshop. I know it's Sunday, but if it is such a small company that my order was number 11 - btw, that made me a bit suspicious - they would be reading their email during the weekend too. Even if this is not the case, I have made up my mind. I am not giving any more business to these folks! I might reveal the name of the shop soon (for those of you who have not figured out that the link will take you there).

OK.... I figured out I would start the tank I received even though it was not the right one. I removed that ghastly ship so now it looks quite ok. I have poured the eggs into the tank. The water turned quite green because of the dye (?) they must have added to the substance.

I am checking the tank morning and night to see if something has hatched, but for now things are quiet. I know I am impatient, and I know it might take up to a week for the little darlings to hatch, but I check anyway. The temperature in my house is quite low so that might delay the hatching.

Cross your fingers!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Sea Monkey - 5 

They arrived - sort of.

Yesterday afternoon a package was delivered to my door. The box - an old toner cartridge box - looked as if it had had a really good beating with several layers of sticky tape and old address labels. But ok, that's just the outside so it shouldn't matter too much.

I opened the box and out fell lots of little snippets of paper. The little pieces of paper were everywhere! Of course there was something else in the box too: my Sea Monkeys!

My surprise was huge when I saw that they had sent me the wrong kit :-( I wanted the Sea Monkeys My First Pet kit, and what I received was the Sunken Treasure Ship kit. The difference in price is quite substantial because the My First Pet kit has lots of extra's and the other one doesn't.

I can imagine the reason for shipping the wrong product is because of the difference in shipping costs. Incountry (Germany) is €6.50, and international is €15. The difference in shipping costs is about the same as the difference between the two kits. For some reason, the webshop charged me only €6.50 so it's not my fault!

I wish they would have consulted with me before sending me a different kit because I would have been more than willing to pay the extra costs to get THAT particular kit.

As you can imagine, I was quite upset yesterday so I wrote yet another email to the company to complain. Yes, another one. I have written three emails in total and have had no response to any of them. I guess this is part of the reason why I decided to unpack the kit and get it started.

That is when I discovered that it was broken! The ghastly fluorescent ship was supposed to be glued to the bottom of the tank as far as I can see, but it wasn't. To be honest, I don't really see that as a problem because the tank is much nicer without it. From a customer point of view however, this just added insult to injury.

This is the first and the last time I will be shopping at that internetstore, I swear! I will be doing my Sea Monkey shopping via the official webshops from now on, or if I can find one, via a real store where I cancheck out the merchandise before I give them my money. I have found a list of stores at the official Dutch site.

I might just get my Sea Monkeys My First Pet kit after all. IN the meantime, I have started the kit that I received. After all, I have been waiting for a week and I don't feel like waiting any longer. I can always get a second kit later.

I will keep you posted.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Sea Monkeys - 4 

Still no monkeys!

I know the mail services in Europe are slow, but I am impatient. The goods better arrive tomorrow, or else!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Sea Monkeys - 3 

I walked in the door today, hoping to find a note from the mail service that they had tried to deliver a package for me. There was nothing :( I am hoping my little pets will arrive tomorrow. I want my Sea Monkeys..........

Monday, November 14, 2005

Sea Monkeys - 2 

My package has been "delivered" according to the email I received from the internetstore. I assume they mean it has been dispatched because I only ordered the little darlings yesterday, and mail services in Europe are not that quick.

But OK, they are on their way so I'd better start searching for a suitable place for them. It has to be somewhere my cats can't get to very easily, but it needs light and it has to be relatively warm.

Now warm might be a problem in my house as the temperature is usually around 17 degrees. I do that on purpose because I prefer cold to warm, and I would rather put on an extra sweater than not being able to remove one.

The downside to this is that the little creatures might not hatch, and if they do, they will not grow very fast. The last part is not a big problem as the tak they come with is rather small if you ask me. It can contain about 350ml of water, and according to the experts, it is large enough to house 100 Sea Monkeys. That sounds a bit overcrowded to me.

I am considering getting a bigger tank. A large glass jar with a lid would work. I have a 3l one in the kitchen which is just waiting to be utilized. I'll give it a good soak and decide later.

Now I wait..... Tuesday or most likely Wednesday is going to be the magic day.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Sea Monkeys 

It's been a long time since I updated this blog, and the reason is that there hasn't been much going on except for work and sleep lately. That is until today!

Ever since I was a little kid and lived with my family in the US, I have been fascinated by Sea Monkeys. I wanted a kit when I was younger, but for some reason I didn't get one. I believe my parents said no, but I can't remember for sure. Chances are quite good, though.

So guess what...... today I ordered some Sea Monkeys, aka Artemia Salina, from a website in Germany. This particular combo was not available where I live, and the UK version of Amazon was sold out. I just couldn't wait, I had my mind set on this particular kit, and I just had to have it.

With a bit of luck my new pets will arrive within a few days. I'll keep you posted!

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