Cheap Sea-Monkey Aerator!

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Introduction: Cheap Sea-Monkey Aerator!

I've always been a big fan of Sea-Monkeys and I seem to never be able to come home from a trip to target without a new Sea-Monkey tank. A big part of keeping them alive is having enough oxygen in the tank. Oxygen gets in the tank by aeration. The sea-monkey guide that comes with all of the new sets recommends pouring the sea-monkeys into a cup then back to the tank to aerate the water. But that's time consuming and is just asking for you to spill them. The only other alternative is to buy the "Million-Bubble Air Pump" which is $3 plus shipping. I will admit that I have bought the pump before (then it was thrown away when it broke) but my simple Instructable aerator is much better then the pump. And cheaper!

Supplies you'll need:
Sea-Monkeys/Tank (I'm totally judging you if you didn't know this already)
Straw (preferably the bendy kind. And not some cheapo ones you got 200 for $1. Those will rip and not work)
Stapler (Swingline. Red preferred)
Staples (I'm getting sick of spelling things out)
Staple remover

Step 1: Staple and Remove

There really is basically only one step to this project, but we'll stretch it out for fun and longer loading time! At the end of the straw (not the top part, with the bendy) take your stapler and staple three or four staples. Don't make them any higher then about and inch and a half from the bottom of the straw. Then remove the staples. Then do this again, stapling three or four and removing them. Then rotate the straw 1/4 and repeat from the beginning. At the end of your last removing you should have stapled and removed 4-5 times. With quite a bit of visible holes. If the straw ripped, try again. If the straw continually rips, buy some higher quality ones. If that doesn't help be more careful when you are removing the staples.

Be careful when you are stapling. Blood=bad. Bring all necessary fingers with you to the hospital.

Step 2: Finishing Up

When all of the staples have been removed you can use it as an aerator for your tank as it is. Or, for more variation in bubble size you can put a single staple (not to be removed) horizontally (going the same was as the straw) in the middle of all the holes (see photo). I do this because it allows for better bubbles, but you don't have to. The aerator is now ready to use. Just blow lightly on the end with no holes while the end with holes is in the water every day for about 2-3 minutes (more in the first few days of sea-monkey life) and you'll have thriving sea-monkeys!

A note: when you are done aerating your tank blow out the straw to make sure there are no sea-monkeys stuck to it. That would be sad. *sad face*

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    CO2 is actually harmful and poisonous to Sea-Monkeys. The older, larger Sea-Monkeys may be able to cope, but there's a chance that your baby Sea-Monkeys will die.

    -Long time breeder of Sea-Monkeys.

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    Very little gas is dissolved in any liquid via bubbles. The gas exchange happens at the surface of the water. The bubbles just help break the surface tension allowing the water become oxygenated. CO2 from your breath will not negatively effect the water.

    USING YOUR ADVICE, THIS HAS TO BE THE BEST ADDED ADVICE OF ALL THE ABOVE!! WHY NOT INHALE AIR INTO YOUR MOUTH, CLOSE OFF YOUR THROAT AS IF YOU WERE GARGLING. THEN JUST BLOW THE AIR INTO THE STRAW FROM YOUR MOUTH. YOU WILL LOOK LIKE A BLOWFISH FOR A COUPLE MINUTES, BUT YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GETTING THE CARBON DIOXIDE IN THE TANK!! WHAT-CHA THINK??

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    Just because I can think up a name more interesting than 'kmiller25' doesn't mean I'm uneducated on the subject of Brine Shrimp.
    I'm just saying-- use this at your own risk. It's your choice. I'm just simply putting my view and experience out there. When did that become illegal?

    Why can't you just use the Aqua Leash that comes in most sets?

    Why won't you just use one of those push pins? They are better than taking a staple out then putting one in. A needle might work too.

    u can stick the straw 2 the aqua leash so that there is no carbon dioxide going 2 be blown into the water. but u hav 2 make sure that u are not pumping water instead of oxygen

    The see monkeys would get oxygen from blowing through a straw. Cause people give CPR to people who have stopped breathing and that gives them oxygen so they don't die.

    your is the only project that came up for a search of brine shrimp, any ideas on making a larger set up? ive got the lil store bought sea monkey set but ive always wanted since i was a kid to make a big 10 gallon set up of them lol

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    i read comments and forums on many websites and people really don not reccomend anything of 2 gallon i dont know why tho

    so are you saying you blow into it with your mouth wouldn't that be adding carbon dioxide not oxygen

    so does that mean you just add holes at the end of the straw? Could it be possible to use a needle or somthing sharp to pierce through instead of using a stapler?

    what the hell do sea monkeys look like!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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    hey i kno a really cheap brand of sea monky just ask ur loacale pet store for brine chrimp for feeding!

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    yeah but real sea monkeys are genetically modified so they grow 3/4 of an inch long.

    okay, well, it would be pretty obvious if it works, so I believe you. I was just curious.