Brine shrimp (Artemia franciscana) are tiny - just 10
millimeters long - but they're a huge part of the salt pond ecosystem.
are a true miracle of nature. They exist in suspended animation inside
their tiny eggs for many years. The instant-life crystals, in which the
eggs are enclosed, preserve their viability and help to extend still
further their un-hatched life span! Brine Shrimp are real Time-Travelers
asleep in biological time capsules for their strange journey into the
Scientists call this amazing rare process "cryptobiosis"
which means, "hidden life". Among the types of life on Earth
that are cryptobiotic in early stages of development are the seeds of
higher plants (wheat grains from the tombs of the ancient Egyptian Kings
have sprouted after being sealed in urns for more than 2,000 years), the
larvae of certain insects, and the thick-shelled eggs of some
crustaceans such as Daphnia, seed Shrimps (Ostracods) and Brine Shrimp (Artemia
Salina). Brine Shrimp too belong in this category, since they are a
variety of Artemia. A relative of Lobsters, Crabs, Fairy Shrimp and
other crustaceans, instead of originating in the ocean, Artemia are
found in salt lakes and salt evaporation flats. The waters of these
areas are often so salty that Artemia may be the only non-microscopic
animal inhabiting them.
What are Brine Shrimp?
member of the animal family Crustacea, which also includes crabs,
lobsters and Triops. All crustaceans have a hard shell (known as an
exoskeleton) that provides their bodies with support, the way our bones
help us keep our shapes. Having a hard shell is great when you're a
small creature in a big ocean! It makes it more difficult for animals to
eat the Sea Monkey and get to its gooey parts inside. But there's a big
problem. As the Sea Monkey grows bigger inside the shell, the shell
stays the same size. So it needs to shed its shell, but this exposes its
soft bodies to the outside world. It's a perfect time for predators to
eat them! (Fortunately, Brine Shrimp don't have any predators in the
little tank, so yours will be safe!) So they want to grow that shell
quickly. Once the shell grows back, larger and harder, they are
protected until the next time they need to grow bigger!
Are Brine Shrimp Brine Shrimp?
Because fish eat and thrive on brine shrimp, for years they were
collected as eggs or alive, to be sold as an aquarium "food."
Although all along, brine shrimp had the very qualities that would, at a
later date, make them one of the most desirable pets ever sold, it
simply never "dawned" on anyone to consider them as anything
other "fish food". Now, thanks to Brine Shrimp, this attitude
Although Brine Shrimp are a species of brine shrimp, they are unique.
We not only unlocked the most elusive secrets of their life cycle, we
created new formulas to keep them alive under conditions found in the
average home? An accomplishment never before achieved! Finally, after
years of crossbreeding, we developed a hybrid. These amazing new hybrids
grow larger and live longer than any "natural" variety of
How long do Brine Shrimp live?
Thanks to new computer-driven processing technologies and ultra-pure,
non-toxic chemicals, twice as many Brine Shrimp instantly hatch, grow
larger and live longer than ever before.
An exact, pre-blended formula of "magic crystals"? and live
Brine Shrimp eggs are inside the envelopes supplied in every Sea-Monkey
kit. When added to water, live Brine Shrimp will hatch. That's why
anyone can get perfect results without any knowledge of chemistry or
biology. Just by following the easy instructions you create Instant
Life?. The only "extra" is the water. At birth, the Brine Shrimp
are very tiny, no larger than the "period " at the end of this
sentence. That is why it's possible to "overlook" them when
they are first born. Since their fate is in yours hands, do not discard
the formula if you don?t see them right away. To do so would be like
"throwing the baby out with the bath water."
Are Brine Shrimp safe?
Brine Shrimp are in no way harmful to humans or the environment. If they
somehow find their way into natural waterways or sewer lines, they
simply will not be able to survive outside of the formula.
Brine Shrimp are Better than fish and more loyal than dogs.
How do I know when they are grown?
Did you know that when Brine Shrimp are born, they have three eyes? And
as they get older and closer to adulthood, they lose that middle eye?
(And you'd think that something like that would come in handy!) This is
one way to tell when they are full-grown, although it is hard to see the
third eye. There are other, easier ways to tell when Brine Shrimp are
mature. First, they grow bigger ? up to 3/4 of an inch long! Second, the
males will grow pincers under their chins. Third, you will see an egg
sac on the stomach of the female. And finally they will have molted
their shells quite a number of times. If you look on the bottom of the
tank, you might see some black things that look like Brine Shrimp. These
are discarded shells. Can you tell when they are molting? It's hard, but
if you watch carefully, you may see them shedding their shells!