What are Aqua Dragons?
Aqua Dragons is a brand name for some amazing real live acuatic creatures that you can hatch and grow at home. Their scientific name is Artemia Salina, and they have been living in the sea and in salty lakes on the earth for millions of years including while dinosaurs roamed the earth!
Their very efficient way of living and reproducing has enabled them to arrive to todays day almost exactly as they were millions of years ago. They are live acuatic beings, from the crustacea family, they look a little like sea horses with a curly tail, and their eggs have an amazing capacity called cryptobiosis which means they can be dried and stay alive only to hatch many years later.
Tests have found that eggs kept in air sealed containers for up to 20 years still hatched when they were returned to water.
So the Aqua Dragons are real little time travellers which you can hatch and grow at home, waking them up from their hibernation in a lovely cave decorated underwater world tank. Each Aqua Dragon has three eyes, a set of two fins which work like guills to breathe and eat with as well as guide their swimming in the water. The males have a mane on their heads (which remminds me of the stags horns) which they use to capture the female when mating. The females are longer and are often seen with a bulb on their backs which are actually an egg sacks, they are pregnant and carrying their babies with them!
Aqua Dragons are peaceful creatures, they never fight, they never bite all they ask of you is that you maintain their water in the right temperature, give them a bit of light, keep dirt out the tank, including dirty fingers, and that you feed them, so they can peacefully live and play in the water while you observe their life cycle their anatomy and enjoy their company. A little girl once wrote us a letter and told us if you love them a lot they will grow really big.
recommended for aged 6 onwards.
Note: Due to the "living" nature of the product, we do not guarantee the eggs will hatch as they are sensitive to many environment factors as well as the way one handles the process.
Each Aqua Dragons tank comes with full instructions, but here it is in a nutshell:
- Empty the full contents of the eggs sachet into the tank and add bottled water which is at room temperature, shake the water to oxygenate it before you add the eggs for a best result.
- Your Aqua Dragons are starting to hatch already but they are microscopic so you cant see them yet. Wait two to three days.
- By the third day you should see some tiny white dots swimming, if you stir the water they will try and swin against the current.
- Once a day has passed since you saw the hatchlings, you can feed them with a maximum of 1 level aqua dragons feeding spoonful of food, moderate the amount of food to the number of hatchlings you get.
See the FAQs below for trouble shooting and other frequently asked questions.
- Always maintain the tank in a stable temperature above 17ºC inside the house, cold isn´t good especially during the crucial hatching week. In winter try to put them in the sunniest windowsil, in summer keep them out of direct sunlight but in a luminous spot.
- Oxygenate daily.
- If water evaporates, add more room temperature bottled water, dont tip out or replace the water.
- Feed every 2 - 3 days if you have a large hatch of hundreds or 4 - 5 days for a regular hatch of 10-30 dragons, and no dirty fingers in the water please! The number one reason for Aqua Dragon death is overfeeding, so go easy with the dishing up of the food. The contents of the food pack if for a whole year.
Care for these acuatic animals, they are living their one and only life and deserve your respect and in turn you can observe their fascinating life cycle up close.AQUA DRAGONS FAQ´S
Are they really alive?
YES YES YES, the Artemia Salinas are live living organisms and they need you to care for them.How long will they live?
An Aqua Dragon reaches adulthood in the 4th week of life and are capable of reproducing from this stage. An average life span would be a couple of months. A well cared for tank can see multiple generations of Aqua Dragons growing but on average we hear from Aqua Dragon owners that they tend to maintain life in the tank for a few months.Do I have to change the water?
No, the water has a special ph and salinity level that is established by the contents of the eggs sachet, so don't change the water! However the water does evaporate so you can fill up, slowly using room temperature bottled water in small quantities each time.Do Aqua Dragons like sunlight?
Yes they love it. Just make sure you don't leave them in the direct sun where the water would overheat!Do Aqua Dragons bite?
NO, actually they don't have a mouth, they eat through their wings which work like gills.What temperature should the water be?
The best temperature is from min 17ºC to 30ºCWhat do I do if one of the dragons dies?
He will float down to the bottom and slowly biodegrade and form part of the habitat, so its not necessary to take him or her out.The water is dirty what do I do?
Stop feeding until the Aqua Dragons have had time to process all the food in the tank. This could take a week or so for the water to come clear again but it won't go off, because its salty!I see a dead Aqua Dragon at the base of the tank...
It could be an Aqua Dragons exo-skeleton which they shed varios times in their life, or it could be time for a funeral. The life cycle includes death.Some of my Aqua Dragons seem to have a very very long tail, why?
Actually just like with fish, this is the excrement that sometimes forms a string.Can Aqua Dragons live in my regular fish aquarium?
As they are small, regular fish will eat them, sounless you want your new pets to turn into fishfood, NO!I see two Aqua Dragons swimming together, what's happening?
They are mating, you will notice the male is below and grasps the female with some antenna like protrusions that sprout from his head. They may stay like that for a few days until they are "all through".How many Aqua Dragons should hatch?
A dificult question, it depends on the water quality, the temperature, the number of microscopic eggs that were in the packet, so could be between 10 and hundreds!Aqua Dragons have won the following awards, which recognise the appreciation by both consumers and toy industry professionals.
Tillywig "Sterling Fun Award Winner 2013", awarded at the Tillywig, Illinois, USA. March 30 2013.
British Toy and Hobby Association "Best New Hobby Toy of 2013", awarded at the London Toy Fair, UK. Jan 2013.
Don't lose the opportunity to give someone an original gift made to learn while having lots of fun!
TROUBLE SHOOTING ADVICE My Aqua Dragons didn’t hatch, after three days I still can’t see anything, what should I do?
It’s unusual to get a failed hatch if all the points are followed so please revise your set up:
- Use only bottled water with no tap water, no gas nor mineralization and only 350-380ml which is the right amount of water for the formula provided.
- Oxygenate the water with the pipette daily.
- Make sure the temperature is constantly stable and between 20-30ºC and in a sunny place.
- The amount of Dragons that hatch and the time needed for them to hatch will depend on many factors including how much light the tanks gets and the temperature, the sunnier and warmer the better in winter, and indirect sunlight in the high of summer, are the ideal conditions. However in all cases you will see life within 4 days. If you haven’t been able to see them (and they are tiny, so do look with a magnifier after putting the tank under a strong light). You should see small white dragons swimming against the current.
Maintaining a live eco system in a small tank can become complictaed. If the water becomes unbalanced by any bacteria or foreign substance, it can cause the Aqua Dragons to die or not to hatch so please pay attention to our care advice.I hatched a lot of Aqua Dragons but they are ill or dying, what should I do?
Not all the Aqua Dragons that hatch will survive into adulthood, otherwise we´d be overrun! It´s normal and natural for many to hatch and for only some to make it through to adulthood. But to give the best care to your new friends so they get a good chance at growing up revise these points on Aqua Dragons care;
- Oxygenate daily with the pipette or from tipping the water into another recipient and back, the lack of oxygen in the water can be noticed when the dragons swim slowly and listlessly. After oxygenation you will notice them swimming faster and happily.
- Do not change the water in the tank, but top it up with more bottled water if necessary.
- Either feed more if the water is very clear or stop feeding if the water is murky. If you get many many Dragons (hundreds) feed every 2-3 days, if you get fewer such as 30-50 dragons every 4-5 days is enough. Moderate the amount of food to the number of Dragons. If the water is murky then there is still food in it, if it’s very clear and the Aqua Dragons are drilling the food that has formed a sediment at the base then it’s time to top up with a small level spoonful.
- Make sure the tank is kept in a stable temperature is between 20-30ºC day and night.
- Make sure the tanks has some sunlight in winter or is in a luminous place with indirect sunlight in summer.
- If despite all efforts you still have an fatal fail for the life in the tank, then you can leave the water to totally evaporate in the sun and then start again by refilling with water. Eggs being carried by females will hatch after they have dried out and then come back into contact with the water.
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