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    Quote (Maehem @ Dec. 09 2002,07:21)
    daphnia are incredibly easy to keep (you will find them in almost every duck pond in the world, along with lakes, rivers and even rain barrels)... and if you have algae they should be content with that. If you have a heavy algae infestation they may not be enough though. You have nothing to loose by trying.

    "Sea monkeys" (brine shrimp) are salt water creatures. Yes, you can keep them alive, no (generally speaking) this is not easy, and almost impossible in a home environment, especially to breeding age. A lucky few people do manage though so they are definately also worth a try.[/QUOTE]
    Sea Monkies are just fine in captivity [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img], it's when people treat them like brine shrimp that they die. These little guys started out as hybreds of various fairy and brine shrip and have been selectively bred into their own true breeding creature. The problem most people run into with them is overfeeding or poor water balance. You really sort of have to work at it to kill them, yet people seem plenty good at tossing the directions. Your culture will run a long time if you take care of it, but not long if you do not. Unfortunetly, Sea Monkies need Brackish water and water flea need fresh so the two don't mix [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

    I recomend getting a Triops kit, granted they eat daphnia, but they are much cooler then Sea Monkies [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
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    I agree...triops are way cooler than sea monkeys...but I wouldn't even think of feeding one to my plants!(they're too big to feed to my plants anyway! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]) My triops bred like rabbits! I was having so many that I moved them to a heated 1 gallon aquarium! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]

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    I have to ask... Darcie I have been reading several of your replies on several topics and I have one question. Do you READ the previous posts?

    Spectabilis73 you are right, I stand corrected. I am guilty of commiting one of my own pet peeves. Using a brandname as a slang term. As you pointed out "sea monkeys" are Artemia NYOS a hybrid. Those sold as "sea monkey" like creatures (using names that at the very least border on copyright infringement) are usually Artemia franciscana, or the more commonly sold in petstores as fish food, Artemia salinas. Yet another case of "buyer beware".
    I typo, therefore I edit.

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