When I was a kid my parents gave me Sea Monkeys as an Easter gift. It was fun and my monkeys lived for what seemed like forever and were always doing something interesting. They were mating, having babies, or swimming in crazy circles!
A few years ago, we decided it would be fun to have some here at preschool. They are very affordable and low maintenance classroom pets. The first go round we chose to do sea monkey brand. They failed, we never got them to grow. This time around we ordered sea monkeys and Aqua Dragons. This time the sea monkeys failed again but the Aqua Dragons did awesome and that's what the pictures in the blog are of. Keep in mind I have had the Sea Monkey brand work, I believe it really does depend on if you follow the directions carefully and use what is recommended. So I will say, user error could have played a part. We always order our eggs and kits from amazon. I've attached a link here to the exact Aqua Dragon Product that we bought, that worked for us.
Within 24 hours after following the directions you should be able to see small white specks that seem to "jerk" around the tank. About two weeks later, you can see them full grown and swimming in the tank just standing a few feet away. Watching the growth and trying to find the small specks is what makes it fun in the beginning. Then when they reach adult hood its fun the see the reproduction process. Also males will lock heads for mating rites. Several times our observations have sent us of on google trying to figure out what these brine shrimp are doing, we have learned a lot about Brine Shrimp in the process. They are fascinating creatures.
We are on Week 4 of the Brine Shrimp being in our classroom, the first round of babies has been born and the adult just today are working on making more! In our research of the shrimp we have learned that the first babies they have are live hatch-lings, the subsequent rounds of babies will all the as eggs. The eggs can then sit for months unhatched and waiting for the right time to hatch, so this should keep the fun going!
I hope you consider getting some Aqua Dragons for your classroom, what a low maintenance pet!
Current Doctoral Student.Masters in Early Childhood Studies and Bachelors in Child Development. 13 years in the ECE profession.