ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Raise Sea Monkeys or Brine Shrimp

Updated on June 19, 2013
An ad similar to the one in the above photo was run in the late 1950s through the 1960s in comic books offering sea monkeys for sale.
An ad similar to the one in the above photo was run in the late 1950s through the 1960s in comic books offering sea monkeys for sale.

How To Raise Sea Monkeys Or Brine Shrimp

I remember all those years ago when I found the sea monkeys advertised for sale in the back of a comic book. I carefully saved my money until I could send in the $3.99 for the sea monkeys and their habitat. I think it was in about 1961. I waited it seemed like for months for my sea monkeys and their home to arrive. It was probably only a week or two but when the brown package finally arrived I was one of the happiest kids ever. I think at the time I really thought their really was a creature like the sea monkeys in the above photo.

I remember me and my Mom reading the instructions and when I looked in the package of what looked like crystals I couldn't see how anything could be alive in that powdered crystal mixture. But I followed the directions and mixed the crystals up in water and set the habitat up on a shelf above the kitchen stove to keep them warm.

Every day I rushed home to check to see if my sea monkeys had hatched. I know at least two weeks had gone by and I had just about given up when I saw something swimming in the water or I thought I did. I borrowed my Mom's magnifying glass but what I saw in the water didn't look anything like the picture I had seen of sea monkeys. You see up until this point I think I really thought I was going to see a sea monkey. I remember going to the library and the librarian told me that sea monkeys were really brine shrimp. And that their really wasn't anything like a real sea monkey. At least not the cute little critters shown in the ad. I felt cheated to say the least. I remember thinking that I had been scammed. Especially when I found out I wasn't going to be seeing sea monkeys.

I remember I wrote to the company and I never received an answer. I wonder how many other disappointed kids wrote to them complaining about deceptive advertising practices.

Please Vote In Our Poll.

Did you have Sea Monkeys as a child?

See results
There in the aquarium are indeed sea monkeys which are in fact really brine shrimp.
There in the aquarium are indeed sea monkeys which are in fact really brine shrimp.

More About Those Sea Monkeys

You see I know know that Sea Monkeys were thought up by a man named Harold Von Braunhut. He thought them up and started selling them in 1957. The product was heavily marketed especially in comic books where hundreds of thousands of the sea monkey kits were sold. The kits were sold from $3.99 to $9.99. I bought one of the $3.99 ones.

The year before in 1956 ant farms had been invented by a man named Milton Levine. Braunhut thought up his ideal and at first called it " Instant Life " but later changed the name to Sea Monkeys. He said the tails of brine shrimp resembled monkeys and now you know where the name sea monkeys came from. It was comic book illustrator Joe Orlando who came up with those cute critters that sea monkeys were supposed to be. It was his ideal of what a sea monkey would look like if there was such a thing as a sea monkey. Ant Farms and Sea Monkeys are both still sold though in most ads today people are told they are buying brine shrimp.

And many people did complain about their sea monkey purchase. Though its reported that Braunhut gave his employees orders to dispose of all complaint letters or request for refunds. At least two states, Illinois, and Florida investigated the sea monkey issue and this is why you saw some ads with the words " Sorry No Sales To Florida " in the body of the ad. Florida must have really put the heat on because there were no ads saying no sales to Illinois.

Sea Monkeys Are Still Being Sold

In case you're wondering you can still buy your very own sea monkey kit if your so minded. Most if not all of the kits sold today do tell you that what you are buying is really brine shrimp but on some of the present day kits you'll see those cute little critters called sea monkeys though they do not exist.

In this photo you can see a close up of brine shrimp also known as sea monkeys.
In this photo you can see a close up of brine shrimp also known as sea monkeys.
In this photo are what people were led to believe they were getting when they ordered sea monkeys.
In this photo are what people were led to believe they were getting when they ordered sea monkeys.

How To Raise Sea Monkeys

1. If you buy a kit with the aquarium provided be sure to wash it well with running water, rinse it well with hot water and fill the tank with bottled water.

2. Mix the purifying powder that comes with the kit by the directions and let it stand for 24 hours.

3. The next day pour the sea monkeys into the container and stir the water around a few times.

4. After you see that the eggs have hatched leave it along for three days. My eggs way back when took about two weeks to hatch. When they first hatch you'll need a magnifying glass to see them. But you can see them and they will grow a bit after hatching.

5. Give them a little of the food that came with them after three days have gone by.

6. You don't want to add anymore food until after the water has cleared up and you can once again see your sea monkeys.

7. You should keep in mind that if the water is greenish colored that there is still too much food in the water and you should wait until the water is clear before adding more food.

Guess what. I bet you already know. You now know exactly how to raise sea monkeys.

But please don't assume that your sea monkeys are going to play games with each other and look like the sea monkeys in the two photos of them above. Sea Monkeys after all are really brine shrimp and that is what your going to be getting. For about the first six weeks your going to need a magnifying glass to look at them but if you feed and take care of them in time you will be able to see them with out the magnifying glass.

If you can use a small aquarium pump to make sure that your tank and those funny creatures in it are getting enough oxygen. They need a good amount of oxygen in the water to be able to live a healthy happy life.

You don't want to over feed your new pets as this is actually worse than not giving them enough food. You should expose them to direct sunlight for about two hours a day for ideal growth. But not over two hours a day or they may get to hot.

If you keep a healthy tank with proper food and oxygen your sea monkeys will breed and lay more eggs in the water staring the cycle all over again. Males will fight with each other to establish territory and males and females will breed.

I want to wish you luck and I hope you get to raise your very own sea monkeys real soon. If you have comments or questions please post them below.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)