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    I grew these when i was a kid, and despite my initial disappointment that they looked nothing like the illustrations, i still thought they were pretty neat.

    My 6-year-old likes doing little science experiments, so i thought she'd like these.

    I already warned her that the pictures don't look like the sea monkeys, and googled "Artemia" (the genus name) so she could see them.

    Anybody ever grow triops? How are they?
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    Triops, oh how I love Triops. In fact, I wrote a whole section on them in my webpage, based on things I learned from other websites and from things I learned myself.

    Here it is: Here

    Also, see Mytriops.com .

    I've never raised sea monkeys, though.

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    I've raised both, and have to say I preferred the Triops - very intriguing creatures indeed. Unfortunately I lost them due to a 4-day power cut caused by an ice storm, and with no light and no heating, I've found that they don't do too well... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif[/img]

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    Sea Monkeys? Sea MONKEYS? yeah, right [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    I tried raising the infamous sea monkeys many times as a child. Once they even hatched... then Mom dumped 'em down the sink beacuse "eww, the water was all green..."

    "What have I done wrong, O god of monkeys that inhabit the Sea?"

    I didn't actually have a successful 'sea monkey' experience until I got into raising fresh water fish - the brine shrimp were needed as fry food.

    I noticed that the brine shrip seemed to need some specific conditions: clean water, proper sea salt (no iodine added, etc) oxygenated water (air stone/bubbler). Of course the 'sea monkey' packages never seemed to mention this as I recall.

    In retrospect - I place a harty vote for Triops!
    I purchased some eggs from an on-line vendor about 8 years ago. I followed the directions (use rain water!) and had great results. Six Triops longicaudatus hatched from the 1/2 package used. They lived for about 90 days, got pretty big (1.5 inches) and were nasty 'wee devils' becuase they started eating each other! Muahahahaha.
    I was pleased that the package of 'eggs' also contained ostracoda, daphnia, rotifier, fairy shrimp and a quite a few other fun little critters.

    One other thing to note. I only used 1/2 of the package of eggs 8 years ago... last December I re-discovered the package and dropped a portion of the remainder of the eggs into a jar of rainwater set in my lowland tank. Many fairy shrip, daphnia and ostracods hatched. The population quickly dwindled however - I don't think I used a large enough jar! The last fairy shrimp just died about a week ago.


    I purchased from this fellows shop - kinda strange advertising but a good deal at $4:
    http://www.rocksandminerals.com/fossil/triops.htm

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    I used to LOVE sea monkeys when I was a kid! I raised them a couple times and was always so sad when they finally died out.

    Triops have always seemed really cool to me. I'd love to try to raise them someday...

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    i buy one of that kits long ago and....i lost it....but weirdly my house is full of small silver insects, like shrimps....they maybe evolucionate!!!!!.:O im amazed!

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    Prolly just silver fish. They eat your books. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img]

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