Now that the tiny crustaceans are alive and growing, I thought it would be best to make a switch to weekly reports. If something extraordinary happens, I'll provide a Special Update.
All of the Sea-Monkeys have grown noticeably since last week. Some are larger than others, but all swim about vigorously. All are now definitely white in color - the few that appeared pink last week have lost their rosy hue.
Not to worry, though: According to the Official Sea-Monkey Handbook ("It's Fun To Raise Pet Sea Monkeys"), I can purchase, for a mere $2.00 plus shipping & handling, "'Red Magic' Sea-Monkey Vitamins" to make the little critters reddish again. According to the manual, "This is the formula containing EVERY KNOWN VITAMIN your Sea-Monkeys NEED for robust health. Sea-Monkey owners who truly LOVE their pets should include "RED-MAGIC" in their diet. It not only insures a long, healthy life, [but] adds a pretty red ‘tone’ to their pale bodies." Well, I'M sold! Purple prose like that cannot be ignored!!
Meanwhile, I have not yet fed my young charges. They have done an excellent job of de-murking the tank, and they seem to get extra excited when I move their Zoo enough to make the remaining detritus float around. I am planning to give them a scooplet of food tomorrow, which I believe is the one-week anniversary of their hatching (or at least of their achievement of visibility to the naked eye). Thereafter they will be fed weekly, unless their tank is too grody.
An interesting appearance note: baby Sea-Monkeys are clearly wider at the head end than at the tail, which gives them a vaguely "lobster-y" shape. You can't actually see their little legs yet, but you get an impression of them just the same. Most of their movement is in rapid little somersaults, and they can make it from the bottom to the top of the Ocean-Zoo in no time.
Well, that's my report. I'm still not sure how many little bottom- feeders I have, because the water is cloudy enough to obscure the view in the tank from one wall to another. There are at least a dozen, I'm sure. Once I have a better count (and they're easier to tell apart), we'll have a "Name the Sea-Monkeys" contest!