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Triops Vs Sea Monkeys

Which is the best “Instant Pet” ?

A Triop

A Triop

Sea Monkeys

Sea Monkeys

Through the century’s mankind has searched for that ever elusive holy grail of pets which is a cool pet that requires minimal maintenance and wont attack you when you sleep if you inadvertently forget to pay it some attention.

My fellow lazy arse’s let me introduce you to Instant Pets, These do exactly as they say on the tin, you add water and SHAZAM! you have a pet, cool or what!

For those that have never heard of Triops or their counterparts Sea Monkeys, I will give you a full rundown of each from birth to death (from natural cause’s, accidents, cannibalism, experiments, old age, acts of god, acts of me, war) as I engage on this journey of pet discovery and by the end of this blog I will crown one “The Supreme Instant Pet”.

To aid me in my quest I will require some ingredients/kits I will list these shortly but first I will give you some background information on the reasons behind this exercise.


This is an easy question to answer:

1) I am a bored 32yr old male.

2) I am not allowed (after many arguments!) have an Ostrich (even though it would be more economical and better for the environment than driving in and out of work each day)

3) I like strange pets (I’ve had snakes, lizards, turtles, dogs, dragons, praying mantis and currently have 2 chickens and 2 ferrets)

and the most important reason:

4) I am a Man and like most men I want to be a God! This is the perfect way to quench my desire for divine power and to give and take life as I see fit, without resorting to cloning or mass murder.

The Experiment:

1) To raise both Triops and Sea Monkeys and decide which of these instant pets is worthy of my time.

2) To decide once and for all which is the coolest “lazy man’s pet”

3) To prove to my girlfriend I am a God.:-)


1) 1 x Triops World (£7.95 + £1.95 delivered from Ebay or Argos for slightly more).

2) 1 x Sea Monkeys on Mars aquarium (Roughly the same as above).

3) Bottled spring water. (Sainsburys)

Everything you need including the tank (except water) will come with each of the kits but just to be the perfect Deity I have also purchased

1) Sea Monkeys “Million Bubble Air Pump” for oxygenating the water (£3.20)

2) Sea Monkeys “Tiny Tank Tool” for cleaning the Algae off the tank (£2.49)

So now we are stocked up Lets Play God!

The Contenders


Triops are tiny crustaceans (Lobsters, Crabs) that live for 20 – 90 days, They have 3 eyes (hence the name Triops) and quickly grow from 1-3 inches long. They breath through their feet and eat almost anything including each other (cool!). They date back to the time of dinosaurs and for this reason are also known as Dinosaur Shrimp.

Sea Monkeys:

Sea Monkeys are a form of brine shrimp that can live to upto 2yrs, They grow from 1/2 – 3/4 inch long, as with the Triops the eggs are in a type of suspended animation untill they are added to water and hatch, Sea Monkeys are the better known of the instant pets as they have been on sale since the 1960s (they have even been to space with NASA) and they also have the most addon’s and extra’s (kits, tools, toys). They live happily together in groups and unfortunately will not resort to cannibalism. In short the Sea Monkeys are the wuss’s of the Instant Pet world.

Who will be the winner? Only time will tell, Stay tuned for updates.

Day 1 12/10/2008

I have followed the instructions (added water, conditioner, eggs, etc) on both the SeaMonkeys and Triops kits now it is a waiting game to see who pops up first.


In my search for the above kits I stumbled across yet another instant pet called Magic Fish that is generally the same setup as the others only this one hatches  Killi fish (real Fish!) so I will be testing these alongside the other 2 contenders.

Day 2 13/10/2008

Success!!!! I was so surprised when I came home from work this evening to find a few individuals floating around in the Triops tank, now I know that you get a lot of other lifeforms packed along with your Triops but even though they were minuscule I could clearly make out the form of baby Triops, I can see sweet F A in the Sea Monkeys or Magic Fish tanks (maybe im just not looking close enough) but none the less whatever they are I am chuffed with myself! I Have Created Life! 🙂

Day 15 26/10/2008

Sorry about the delay on this but if anyone is reading my Pioneer Nevada blog they will understand why.

The Sea Monkeys still have not surfaced (proably my fault) but I am now the proud owner of 4 baby Triops.

I am sorry for the lack of information but this project has being put on hold for the immediate future (due to the Pioneer Nevada blog which is taking priority and most of my time and energy)and hopefully will be revisited soon. (But the Triops are cool)


October 9, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. well done mr god im glad you have created god with much success

    Comment by mr stroudy | May 9, 2009 | Reply

  2. wow very nice job. oh and im going to soon buy triops and sea monkeys. 1 tank will have only triops and the second tank will have both sea monkeys and triops. comment me back on your progress

    Comment by andre | May 28, 2009 | Reply

    • Cool Andre, but just to warn you dont put them in the same tank as the Triops WILL eat the sea monkeys in a matter of seconds!!!

      Comment by redpox1st | May 28, 2009 | Reply

  3. awww that sux u quit! I was just reading this out loud to my fiancee and was disappointed that you didn’t reach a conclusion! Please return to this someday and finish because it’s very entertaining. I found you by googling “triops”

    Comment by james | June 4, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks James and sorry I did have to quit but in that experiment I ended up with 3 Triops and 1 that lived for just over 3 months! (maybe due to the healthy nutrirous sea monkeys I was feeding him 🙂 ) But I have to say Triops win hands down. they dont live near as long as Sea Monkeys but they are big and mean and so so cool

      Comment by redpox1st | June 4, 2009 | Reply

      • thanks for your reply, and I must sincerely agree: Triops are the best pets hands down. Zero clean up, short lifespan, cheap food, almost no setup or equipment, very cool to watch!

        So why are Sea Monkeys so popular?

        Comment by james | July 18, 2009

      • so sea monkeys hatched. did you feed all of the sea monkeys to the triops? I hope you didn’t.
        oh and both triops and sea monkeys lay eggs.

        Comment by John | September 22, 2013

  4. hahaha. sea monkeys

    Comment by jess | November 9, 2009 | Reply

  5. DUDE wtf
    i was depending on you for information! I enjoyed reading your blog…i have the sea monkeys and idk whats gonna happen with them, but thanks for the inspiration!

    Comment by sasha | December 5, 2009 | Reply

    • put fish or triops in there

      Comment by noobcake | June 20, 2010 | Reply

  6. Giant Millipedes for the win.

    Comment by Lacombe | February 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Out of the two, triops, though.

      Comment by Lacombe | February 24, 2010 | Reply

  7. I really thought that was funny.

    Comment by Michelle | February 26, 2010 | Reply

  8. Hello, I was just checkin out your blog and wanted to say that i almost threw out my son’s sea monkeys because they took well over a week to surface. I was on the way to dump them lol, Now they are huge and have little balls of eggs hanging from them.

    Comment by Evil Nessa | March 23, 2010 | Reply

  9. They are really fun to look at.they are so cute i got about 100 of them in a small tank. they are neat to watch and grow.
    you sea monkeys are so so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by kaitlin | March 26, 2010 | Reply

  10. Sea Monkey are better for kids, since Triop seems a bit rough…

    Comment by Qetuo | April 3, 2010 | Reply

  11. why the hell are they called sea monkeys?

    Comment by lafonda | May 10, 2010 | Reply

  12. they are gross/descusting

    Comment by allie | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  13. Would have been nice if you had finished this to the end, if nothing more than just to read what you had to say as I found you very funny and quite entertaining.

    Comment by Suzanne | May 23, 2010 | Reply

    • yea he should have finished it

      Comment by noobcake | June 20, 2010 | Reply

  14. someone put triops and sea monkeys together please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by noobcake | June 20, 2010 | Reply

    • sea monkey get eaten by triops by getting the blood sucked out.

      Comment by leon smith | January 2, 2011 | Reply

  15. and make a vid of it

    Comment by noobcake | June 20, 2010 | Reply

  16. Nice info … thanks for share it

    Comment by Water Softener Reviews | October 8, 2010 | Reply

  17. info is good

    Comment by leon smith | January 2, 2011 | Reply

  18. sweet pets, i got triops 4 christmas and they are awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by lolware30 | January 2, 2011 | Reply

  19. Some people have mentioned keeping triops and brine shrimp (sea monkeys) together. That isn’t possible because triops are freshwater creatures whereas brine shrimp live in water that’s even saltier than sea water.

    Comment by Raj Bhosley | April 1, 2011 | Reply

  20. looks like you never finished it… and your intro was so exciting. 😦

    Comment by shimsleeping | June 29, 2011 | Reply

  21. seamonkeys ruuuuullee yo.I like yur intro but i dont think u should runnin arround sayin, ohhhhhhh triooppsss r beta than seamonkeys. Sooooooo, can ya fix that?

    Comment by LMFAO | January 17, 2012 | Reply

    • I wouldn’t say they are better. They are just as fun as sea monkeys! But I prefer triops since they are freshwater omnivores that grow bigger!

      Comment by gerwameiao | June 3, 2013 | Reply

  22. where did you buy the ‘tiny tank tool’ from?

    Comment by Feisha | February 12, 2012 | Reply

  23. i have one little triop in the small tank . Question i have a tank with gold fish, what would happen if i add the triop to the gold fish ??? Should I or Not .

    Comment by sebastion | February 26, 2012 | Reply

  24. HA! Long time one sees! These Instant Pets are fascinating to some. They also look so freakin interesting as always and are just as cool as they seem!

    Comment by me | June 1, 2012 | Reply

  25. Just started my sea monkeys tonight, can’t wait to see what hapens. Info says if water is correct temp they will hatch quicker. I used bottled water to start my adventure.

    Comment by tai buckner | August 18, 2012 | Reply

    • I will keep y’all posted!!!

      Comment by tai buckner | August 18, 2012 | Reply

  26. This is a topic which is near to my heart…
    Take care! Exactly where are your contact details though?

    Comment by møbelpolstring københavn priser | December 23, 2012 | Reply

  27. Whats is the best, triops or sea monkey?
    -Triops are cannibal,bot triops are very cool!
    -Sea monkey are cute,bot sea monkey are small!
    I have triops,and triops are very very fun!!!!
    I love your blog!

    Comment by Mitrile J | March 10, 2013 | Reply

    • Triops are freshwater, omnivores (eating anything organic), and grow much much much larger. A combination that sea monkeys can never beat! Sea monkeys are saltwater, herbivores (vegetarians), and grow large but not as much as sea monkeys. Preferably I think I found triops easier to grow. Sea monkeys I need a correct amount of water per packet of water purifier. And they both have to use the same type of water: spring or distilled. So my vote obviously goes to triops! You can raise fairy shrimps (like sea monkeys) with them also!

      Comment by gerwameiao | June 3, 2013 | Reply

  28. I have raised triops in batches with sand but now small gravel. But I never got to raise sea monkeys in the same way, just in a small container and that was it. Triops have proven themselves as worthy as sea monkeys. Despite them not living as long as sea monkeys.

    Comment by gerwameiao | June 3, 2013 | Reply

  29. I got a box of “prehistoric sea monsters” (triops) and was confused when they looked different and one grew into a huge triop, but I apparently had many sea monkeys too. So my box gave me both animals. It was confusing, but they have all passed away since.

    Comment by Brit | January 1, 2015 | Reply

  30. And for the record, yes my triop ate many sea monkeys

    Comment by Brit | January 1, 2015 | Reply

  31. Why havent you finished this post? You are hilarious and i would love to see what you find. I did the sea monkeys for my girls. Literally only had 2 hatch out of the entire packet (the instructions didn’t tell you not to pour in the entire packet and it tells you to put them in the sun or shows you that you need to and really doesn’t go into detail like it should). They got to full maturity which we ended up with both male and female. They mated, we were going to have babies and then I accidently knocked the container off the counter the other night 😦 . I saved the female from the floor however I doubt she will live long enough for the eggs to mature. Plus, the tank cracked from the inside. It doesn’t leak but still. My kids always were excited to see them swimming around in there. How big do the troips get?? Like couple of inches? I wish you could put them in the same tank instead of separating them. And thanks for mentioning the instant fish! I will have to look for thoes and consider those for our next instant pets depending on cost. I dont want to put a lot of money into them when they have a high potential of not hatching.

    Comment by Angela | July 19, 2017 | Reply

  32. I was so upset. I really wanted to read this.

    Comment by Kat | July 24, 2017 | Reply

  33. BUT WHAT HAPPENED?! this is probably the most devastating cliff hanger ever

    Comment by Bexx | February 4, 2018 | Reply

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