Monday, March 26, 2007

sea monkeys

Raising countless little creatures

I had a great weekend. Most notably, I'd like to reminisce over Saturday. My girlfriend and I visited every single pet store in town. We were hunting. We were looking for artemia salina and we found them! $10 for a 6 gram bottle of suspended brine-shrimp cysts (eggs). $3 for a hefty box of sea (aquarium/rock) salt. $3 for micro-food (egg powder), all found at your local aquaria store. I can only estimate how many brine-shrimp (Sea-Monkey) eggs are contained in 6 grams but I'd guess it is well above the 100,000 mark.

Of course I didn't drop them all in at once. No! Here's what I did.
  1. Measure out 1 litre of room temperature distilled or stale water.
  2. Fill glass container with the 1 litre of water.
  3. Mix in at least 2 teaspoons of aquarium salt until diluted.
  4. Since the eggs stick to the lid of the egg bottle because of static I did the following:
    1. Close lid, shake bottle. This gets eggs stuck to the inside of the lid of the bottle.
    2. Open bottle, hold lid over the water and flick the lid, knocking the eggs into the water.
  5. Do step 4 one or two more times.
  6. Poke at the eggs floating on the surface so they stop floating and start sinking (use a clean spoon or something).
  7. Wait 24 hours before you start seeing little white things (countless white things if you flicked eggs in 3 times) swimming around.
I've done sea-monkeys in the past, but at $10 a shot every time you want to follow their steps 1-2-3 isn't economical. Now I've got sea-monkeys possibly for life and for only$16 too!


We also went hunting around for a Nintendo Wii. Tough luck with that. I've seen Playstation 3 consoles for sale but I have never found a Nintendo Wii available for purchase. Everywhere in a 70km radius sells out their shipment of Nintendo Wii in less than an hour of shelving the units. So I'm on the lookout for them. I've got a keen eye set out and I'm ready. I'll leave school early to get one. Yeah, we're really looking forward to some kinetic fun.

DS Homebrew

Tonight I also purchased a Nintendo DS kit for some extra fun with my DS. Just thought I'd point that out. I need more entertainment like I need... Well at this point I really don't need anything. I should be focusing extra effort into finishing up the last 2 weeks of class and last week of exams before summer starts.

-Hoping to finish my research this summer