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How to Train Sea Monkeys

| Updated October 19, 2017

Things You'll Need

  • Sea monkeys

  • Food dispensing tool

  • Toys

  • Pen light or small flashlight


  • Not all sea monkeys can be trained. There are a number of owners who discovered that their sea monkeys didn’t do anything except float around the bowl.


  • Don’t get discouraged if your sea monkeys don’t respond to the tricks and training tips described here. Many people have found that their sea monkeys didn’t respond to them in any way.

Nearly everyone in the world knows about sea monkeys. These tiny little sea creatures are actually a subspecies of the brine shrimp though they’re much larger than the original breed. They were first marketed in the 1950’s and millions of people have purchased the pets from magazine ads and stores over the years. You may not have known it, but these little creatures can actually be trained to do tricks. All you need is a light source and a Robo Diver or other device that dispenses food.

Use a Robo Diver or other device that dispenses food. You can find these in most pet stores. The items are made of plastic and can easily drop to the bottom of the tank where it will automatically dispense food every few minutes. You can remove the device at any point. After a few weeks your sea monkeys will automatically appear at the bottom of the tank where they’ll wait for the food to appear.

Buy specific sea monkey toys from your Toy Store or from the official Sea Monkey website. The most popular toy is a pack of “magic gems” that you can place directly in the water. While the pets might ignore the rocks at first, they quickly learn how to play on the rocks and use them for recreation.

Mix newer sea monkeys with an older batch of sea monkeys that already do tricks or play in the water. The little creatures learn by example and will pick up on the habits of their elders after a few days and sometimes a lot faster. Before long your new batch of sea monkeys will be trained just like your older ones.

Turn off the lights in the room and use a pen light or small flashlight around the bowl. Sea monkeys are drawn to light and will immediately head towards the light. You can move the light around to get your sea monkeys to dance, somersault or do anything else you like. You can then start adjusting the light and your creatures will still do the tricks as soon as they see the pen light.