Ever since I graduated from college, I’ve been spending more time with my eight-year-old cousin, who just so happens to be the coolest kid around. On one of our little hang outs, I decided to take him to Toys R Us for a little treat since his birthday was coming up. I told him he could pick anything he wanted and he insisted on wandering each and every aisle in the place in search of a really cool toy to bring home. We finally came upon a fish tank with the words “Grow Your Own Sea Monkeys” emblazoned on it. My inner seven year old got really excited about this. I’ve wanted my own set of sea monkeys ever since a girl in my sixth grade English class ordered a kit through the Scholastic book order. I was beyond jealous.
My cousin thought it was pretty cool but couldn’t decide whether he wanted the monkeys or an Ironman figurine. So I picked up one of the aquariums and cleverly told him that I would buy both but the sea monkeys would stay at my house.
We immediately started to grow our very own sea monkeys the moment we walked through the door. I got really excited as I filled the tank with water and added the “eggs.” I remember the girl from English class constantly bragging about her new pets but she didn’t mention how excruciatingly long it took for the eggs to hatch! I spent the next five days reading and researching the life span of a sea monkey and how to properly care for one. I take my parenting very serious, I’ll have you know.
Finally on the fifth day, I walk into my kitchen to see that the little eggs hatched and there were three little sea monkeys swimming around in the tank. I thought I was going to explode with motherly pride as I fed my little monkeys and gave them all names (with the help of my cousin of course). I kept an eye on my little monkeys and made sure they were properly cared for. After about a week of having them I walked into my kitchen one afternoon to find that the monkeys had multiplied! I went from having three children to about a dozen or more. It’s been about five months since I bought them and they’re still swimming strong!
Pros: Easy to take care of. Good as a starter pet or as a pet to keep around in the dorm room. Only have to be fed once a week.
Cons: They get bored and reproduce way too often.