Artemia salina (Brine Shrimp/Sea Monkey/Sea Dragon)

Artemia salina is a little crustacean and a species of artemia, also called brine shrimp.


Adding more salt into the water, Artemia starts producing more hemoglobin and turns red. It is also said to turn red when stressed and turn green/clear when "happy". More heat leads to faster development, on the otherwise it leads shorter life span.

  • What do we have to do in order to see/feel/hear/smell them?
  • Is there any way to make them look particularly beautiful/interesting/intense?


  • What can we do in order to make them react to us?
  • How fast, how strong, how predictable is that reaction?


  • Which kind of space would they work together well with?


  • What associations do you have to them? / Do they have any metaphoric value?

Ethics/ Living Conditions

As Artemia is mostly used as fish food or for experiments with toxic chemicals, the question about what can be considered ethical usage is quickly answered. Artemia eggs can be bought in any fish keeping shop and are often used as gimmicks in children magazines ("Yps"). Too much salt leads to death.

  • What do we have to provide/avoid in order to treat them "right"?


Artemia eggs are easily and cheaply obtained. They can be bought at aquarium shops or as a gimmick in magazines. The eggs can survive a long time. They need an aquarium or something similar (transparent tank). It should have a wide opening for air access. A heat lamp and a pump are optional. They feed on grinded algae (Mikrozell). Under ideal conditions, it can survive up to 6 month.

  • How can we get them? /How much do they cost?
  • Do we need any special equipment for them?
  • How long can we keep them?
    • In an exhibition setting?
    • In our lab?