When I was younger, I remember playing with a set of sea monkeys. I had a little tank, with the eggs that hatched and grew into funny looking creatures that lived in the water. Designs and time have moved on as now you can get tanks that light up, and have air holes to allow the water to be oxygenated, things that I never had. Aqua Dragons Jurassic Time Travel Eggspedition is suitable for ages 6+, I thought this would make a great alternative for an Easter Gift. Miss A was looking forward to setting up her tank and watching her dragons hatch.
There are basic instructions provided, but it’s quite fool proof. The tank is already assembled with a lift off lid that slots into place. To get started all you have to do is add water to the tank, and then add the egg sachet, stir and leave alone until the water clears.
The booklet tells you that eggs may start hatching immediately, but you can expect to see signs of life between 24-72 hours after adding the eggs. The tank will perform the best if left in lots of daylight (but not strong sunlight), between temperatures of 17-30 degrees.
We left our tank on a shelf in Miss A’s bedroom. It was in good light, but after four days we still hadn’t seen any signs of life. I moved the tank on day five to a window sill and a few hours later we saw some tiny aqua dragons, so it’s worth placing into stronger sunlight when the temperatures don’t reach very high in the spring months.
To feed the dragons, you use the small scoop and place one scoop into the tank every 4-5 days depending on how clear the water is and how many dragons you have. If the water is clear then you may need more food, and if it’s murky they dragons still have plenty of food.
As mentioned there is a small pump on the side of the tank to be able to oxygenate the water once a day. Miss A really struggled to activate the pump, and I have to admit, I found it quite difficult to activate as well. This is the main part of the kit where adult help may be required.
The kit retails for £19.99 and I think it’s a great way for children to have an introduction into looking after a living species.
Disclosure – we received the kit free of charge but all opinions are our own
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