Last week, my boys received a package in the mail – it was an Aquasaurs kit I had ordered. An “Aquasaur” is a crustacean (named by the company, Uncle Milton, I assume) that dates back to prehistoric times. It is a tiny organism that thrived in standing pools of water and could withstand years of inactivity and dry conditions in its egg state. These hardy water-dwellers can be “hatched” in the right conditions and will grow to be about two inches in length, provided the conditions are right.
And therein lies the catch – if the conditions are right. Reading the instructions is a must with this set up. Stock up on spring water – at least 2 gallons of it – so that the container and all the “parts” can be properly rinsed. Another big condition is the temperature of the water. Our home tends to cool down in the evenings, so we are supplementing with a small desk lamp next to the aquarium to keep the water between 72F and 80F.
I must say, that probably the best part of this entire process was that everything (including the eggs and food) was included in this kit. The only thing that is needed outside of the kit is spring water. There is no certificate to send off for larvae or a vial of animals, no special food to purchase from a pet store, no additional accessories needed. Everything is provided. The instruction sheet also gives some background to the animals and even gives you ordering information should you choose to purchase even more eggs (which I am sure we will do).
Aquasaurs make a great pet set-up for children who are fascinated with creatures of any kind. For my dinosaur-boys, this was an ideal choice. Each day is a learning experience with our prehistoric pals.