to kill off the sea monkeys?

(51 Posts)
redshoesnoknickers Mon 24-May-10 12:14:07

DS got a sea monkry aquarium for his birthday from someone and last week I set it up and activated (!) the sea monkey eggs. All good - hatched and grew...DS no really bothered/interested.

My problem is that I thought it would be oooh look at them grow then they would die off in a week or sea monkeys are so happy they are mating and having babies!! When will it end!!!?

Essentially as DH pointed out we now have a jar of LICE in the kitchen. They are multiplying. What do I do? They are freaking me out but it seems cruel to stop feeding them...shall I just chuck them in the flower bed and be done with it?

biddysmama Mon 24-May-10 12:16:09

ewwww, they are horrible! get ridd <shudder>

BallpointPen Mon 24-May-10 12:22:42

Have a little freedom ceremony with DS and flush them down the loo. Prepare a beautiful speech about animal liberties and play the theme tune from Free Willy.

cece Mon 24-May-10 12:37:44

Ha ha, mine lived on for over a year.... Sadly the water turned green and they were all gone when we returned from our holiday...

JackBauer Mon 24-May-10 12:40:59

FLush the fuckers.

They are llice, bleurgh!

redshoesnoknickers Mon 24-May-10 12:42:52


lol at freedom ceremony! I would be paranoid they would live in the plumbing < shudder > it's a good idea though - maybe I could release them into the sea? We live really near...or would they affect the ecosystem or something?! They would prob just die right? Not develop into gianrt mutants terrorizing the local yachty types?

millimurphy Mon 24-May-10 14:46:50

If you didn't want to look after them, then you shouldn't have hatched them. They are a type of shrimp, not lice. Nice to teach your son that when you can't be bothered with something you can just 'get rid'. I bet Harry the hamster would have no fucking chance.

trampydrawers Mon 24-May-10 14:52:44

hmm tricky one-if your child is no longer be bothered then why not just tell him you are refusing to deal with them and let him let them die-how old is he?

They'll die in either the plumbing or the sea - they are a variety of brine shrimp, only adapted to a small area of "briny" water - estuaries etc, between the fresh water and the sea.

DS was given a pack - we deliberately never put them into the tank, as I didn't want to have to look after them or take a decision to kill them grin

redshoesnoknickers Mon 24-May-10 15:33:43

Actually Milli we have two very well loved and pampered guinea pigs. If I had known the sea monkeys would be so "successful" I would not have hatched them. I thought it would be interesting for DS and DD (both aged 5). If I did not care/feel bad about it I would not have posted confused

OK I am erring towards a sea release - after all they are sea monkeys grin Think the LOs will be fine with that - we have caught similar things rock pooling so twill be easy enough to convince them they will have a better life in the sea.

Thanks all {smile]

ThreadKillerQueen Mon 24-May-10 15:35:41

PMSL at lice, that's very mean! grin

millimurphy Mon 24-May-10 17:23:28

You did say that you wanted to 'kill them off' in your original post - not release them into the sea. I thought just killing them off was pretty unreasonable, hence my post back. I think a group trip to a reasonable briny area to release them into wild is lovely.

bluebump Mon 24-May-10 17:26:42

Mine lived for ages too, and they ended up stinking like mad. Eurgh. I'm always still amazed when I see them grow from dust or somesuch stuff.

Feel free to convince your DC that you are "releasing them into the wild", but you're not. You're killing them off. Just so as you're clear about that.

MumNWLondon Mon 24-May-10 17:33:46

Mine didn't hatch sad DS very upset.

sooz28 Mon 24-May-10 17:38:34

Would you like me to post you mine? Not sure they'd like being in the post though (they did hatch )

I don't like mine. They hump all day & stare at me with their big black eyes. I'm sure they want me to watch.

TheHeathenOfSuburbia Mon 24-May-10 17:46:35

It's maybe best not to just turf them loose into the UK ecosystem?! They're not a native species, so I think it might actually be illegal.

quick google... DEFRA website:
"Release of non-native species into the wild -
It is illegal to allow any animal which is not ordinarily resident in Great Britain, or is listed on Schedule 9 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, to escape into the wild, or to release it without a licence."

SixtyFootDoll Mon 24-May-10 17:53:41

DS's didnt hatch twice, i bought two lots, waste of flipping money.

TheBoyWithaSORNedMX5 Mon 24-May-10 18:14:28

What TheHeathenOfSuburbia says.

IMO releasing them into the wild here would be more unethical than (ahem) finishing them off yourself.

I doubt they'd survive, but I don't think the message that it sends is great.

TheBoyWithaSORNedMX5 Mon 24-May-10 18:15:14

BTW ours laster for more than a year shock

mathanxiety Mon 24-May-10 18:30:00

How did you manage to keep them alive and growing to the point of multiplying? We've had sea monkeys three times and they've all been duds. envy The DCs had high hopes of seeing them settle down into their little palace, swimming around with crowns on their little shrimpy heads, smiling and waving, just like the picture on the package....

(I don't think you can just release them into the wild either.)

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 24-May-10 18:33:17

why dont you give them away to someone who would like them? would school be interested? or a friend?

id have loved my DS s to have lived but they died!

call me a daft bint but i dont think i could kill them....

Hulababy Mon 24-May-10 18:37:13

We had had some on the go for about 6 weeks now; they are constantly mating and reproducing.

two of DD's friends had some at the same time and there's never took off at all.

We go away for a week next week though so not sure what will happen to them then.

MrsFawlty Mon 24-May-10 18:39:55

wtf is a sea monkey?!

mathanxiety Mon 24-May-10 18:44:04

Sea Monkeys-- your question asked and then answered.

MrsFawlty Mon 24-May-10 18:44:12

ok, googling suggests that they are in fact FISH MONKEY DEMONS FROM HELL.

colditz Mon 24-May-10 18:46:37

oh milli, I suppose you don't treat threat worms or headlice either? Do you use teeny tiny little humane traps for ants?

colditz Mon 24-May-10 18:49:42

they aren't native to britain. releasing them into a briny area could cause untold damage to our ecosystem, which is very fragile in estuary areas.

Look what happened to the red squirrel when someone thought the grey squirrel was too cute to be culled!

TheHeathenOfSuburbia Mon 24-May-10 18:50:18

MrsFawlty, it took me a good few seconds to work out whether that site was a spoof or not. In the end, it was the accurate spelling that gave it away!

MrsFawlty Mon 24-May-10 18:51:30

It made me chuckle!

MintyMoo Mon 24-May-10 18:52:45

Dp's had sea monkeys for about 4 years now, I think one lot did die off about 2-3 years ago so he had to hatch a new batch. They don't take much maintenance, DP feeds them once a week, occasionally cleans out the tank when needed and re-oxygenates (sp?) the water every so often when needed. I think the latter two are fortnightly or monthly. I can't imagine life without sea monkeys now lol. It wouldn't take much to keep them alive, you don't have to keep them in the kitchen, DP had them in his bedroom for 3 years, now they're in the lounge. Maybe put them in DS' room? They're his after all!

FGS they are brine shrimp, a common food in tropical fishkeeping.
Find someone with a fish tank. Bung in sea monkeys. I do it every day!

Hulababy Mon 24-May-10 19:57:00

Friend of ours did ask DD if he could have them for his fish tank, but she was having none f it.

Mermaidspam Mon 24-May-10 20:44:35

My dd (aged 3) once drank our sea monkeys blush

redshoesnoknickers Tue 25-May-10 07:55:26

Oh the dilemma! Maybe I will offer them on a local notice board to see if someone wants to usethemasfishfood "adopt" them

I think maybe they are doing so well because they are on the window sill and it's nice and warm? If any of you live near Bournemouth and want to come and get them you are more than welcome... grin

OldMacEIEIO Tue 25-May-10 08:27:43

How cruel to think of flushing.
Lice arn't just for Christmas you know, they deserve to live a happy life, just like ,er..
puppies or kittens

millimurphy Tue 25-May-10 08:51:47

Colditz - worms and headlice aren't packaged as minature pets. I do believe you have a choice when it comes down to Sea Monkeys. As for ants - I make sure there are no holes for them to get in by, lol.

I reckon freeze them - it's the kindest way to go. Pour into freezer bag (tell children cos it's so hot) then freeze the lot to kill them. Months later when you re-discover the frozen bag of sea monkeyness you can bin it.

redshoesnoknickers Tue 25-May-10 09:02:53

I've advertised them on local netmums board - free to a new home...will wait til the weekend to see if anyone wants to take them away!

I feel like Doctor Frankinstein...i've created approx 23 monsters!!!

Gracie123 Tue 25-May-10 09:05:05

How are you all so successful! Mine never hatch!

OldMacEIEIO Tue 25-May-10 09:15:03

Why not freeze them into ice cubes, give them to someone who can put them into an ex-bullies drink ?

I believe Cortina might be interested

TheBoyWithaSORNedMX5 Tue 25-May-10 09:22:03

For goodness sake if you do freeze them, make sure you lable them properly. Otherwise in a few months time you'll be serving a most unusual jug of Pimms... grin

I didn't know they were sold as fish food. I do think that's the kindest way.

minnisota Tue 25-May-10 10:06:46

I have some triops and one lone sea monkey. One day I found some mosquito larvae in the triop tank so I just put the whole thing outside. Mosquitos flew away and the triops are still going strong in the garden. Snow, ice, rain, evaparating water. They just keep going. Maybe sea monkeys would do the same.

redshoesnoknickers Tue 25-May-10 11:31:45

Don't worry theboy they are NOT going in my freezer << shudder >>

No response as yet...funny that...the other stuff i've put up (old playhouse/buggy/trampoline/porta potty etc) has always been snapped up super quick...maybe Sea Monkeys are not as popular as you think wink

redshoesnoknickers Tue 25-May-10 11:32:41

Also even though they are foul sad at your "one lone sea monkey" minnisota

Ryoko Tue 25-May-10 12:05:53

Leave the cute little brine shrimps alone, they are cool pets I had some lasted almost a year, they filthed up the tank so much tho I had to seek advice from a fish shop about water to sea salt mix for em and put em in a whiskey glass.

Floight Fri 28-May-10 12:41:35

What did you go for in the end?

I have to know. this sort of thing scares me.

I would suggest though if you do freeze the buggers, to tell your progeny that they are not being deaded, but cryogenically retained.

Maybe if you melt it in a year they will start all over again hmm

redshoesnoknickers Fri 28-May-10 12:43:47

Year 3 at my kids school want them...but not til after half term so i'll have to be brave for another week!Apparently they have been trying to hatch some all term with no success...why am I the one with the magic sea monkey touch hmmconfused

KathyImLost Fri 28-May-10 13:54:41

I had some of these. I left them on the window sill (thought they'd appreciate the view). It was a sunny day and they fried to a crisp. In retrospect, their magnified little house probably didn't help matters.

redshoesnoknickers Mon 31-May-10 17:40:48


DS just spilt all the sea monkeys on the kitchen floor shock

And I rescued them shock

Even though they are so odd I couldn't watch them die on the floor so I picked them up and put them back in the tank with some tweezers confused No special dust to treat the water though so i just put a pinch of malden sea salt in - not sure they will survive but at least I tried!!

The drama of it all!!!

oldandgreynow Mon 31-May-10 18:24:50

They are gross! I got DH to flush ours the tank was full of some hoorible mould stuff as well [shudders]

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