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Tuxedo 02-05-2007 11:27 PM

"Seamonkeys" are brine shrimp?
 
I always thought Seamonkeys were a type of brine shrimp that were specially breed for kids. But I talked to a girl at a pet store that said she had used them as feeding for her fish and they worked fine ((and they were readily at pet stores AND toy stores)).
I did actually own these when I was younger, and they ARE very easy to look after, so they are a good alternative as far as maintenance goes. But are they suitable for fish?

musho3210 02-05-2007 11:37 PM

The "sea monkey" brand is uses a hybrid form, it is edible but more expensive. You can find a cheaper alternative at your lfs

joeshmoe 02-06-2007 05:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by musho3210
The "sea monkey" brand is uses a hybrid form, it is edible but more expensive. You can find a cheaper alternative at your lfs

i dont think there brine shrimp im petty sure there triops. which are dif then brine and they only live up to 90 days :shock:

Tuxedo 02-06-2007 06:35 PM

90 days? Wow. Mind you I don't know how long regular brine shrimp live so I don't really have a comparison.

Well, if they are triops, are they still edible?

joeshmoe 02-06-2007 06:55 PM

im gessing so

Sleepy 02-06-2007 07:52 PM

Sea Monkeys aren´t Triops. They are a hybrid of Artemia Salina which is a species of brine shrimp. Triops are tadpole shrimp, class Notostraca. :)

joeshmoe 02-06-2007 08:09 PM

well thats what i allways heardi swore they were. :( http://www.discoverthis.com/triops.html i gess i had these guys

Sleepy 02-06-2007 08:23 PM

I guess so. How long were they ? An adult Triop has a length of approximately 1 inch.

musho3210 02-06-2007 08:25 PM

here is some information about sea monkeys, and on the site it does say they are a special type of brine shrimp

http://www.sea-monkey.com/html/aboutsm/whatarethey.html

daisycutter 02-08-2007 11:20 PM

there fine for fish food but not really cost-effective theve been bred to be hardy pets not food but theres no harm in fish eating them,triops will get eaten too but only by larger fish (they grow to a good size and look like a small horseshoe crab) one thing that is usefull in the way of sea-monkeys is the small setups they are sold with work quite well for hatching the normal brine shrimp


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