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Caring For and Feeding Your Jellies

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Caring For and Feeding Your Jellies

Caring For and Feeding Your Jellies

Now that you understand how to obtain your jellies, it is time to learn how to properly care for them. While important things such as tank maintenance will be discussed in the next chapter, this chapter is devoted to understanding how to feed your jellies as well as how to transport them. Caring for these delicate fish can be a time consuming task, but as a pet owner, it is your responsibility to care for them properly and as needed.


Feeding your jellies will depend largely on the species. For instance, moon jellies live primarily on live brine shrimp while other breeds live on algae. Understanding the dietary needs of your jellyfish is crucial. It is also important to understand that these needs change throughout the jellyfish's life cycle.

With most jellies, babies will require freshly hatched brine shrimp to survive. The size and number of the brine shrimp will increase as your jelly grows larger, lasting until the jelly is full grown. At this time, jellyfish will require adult brine shrimp or frozen jelly food such as cyclopeeze or shaved mysis shrimp, which can be bought at some pet stores.

With advances in technology, this requirement is changing. Jellyfish Art provides frozen food made specifically for jellyfish. It is actually more nutritious than live brine shrimp. Check out the knowledge base at Jellyfish Art to learn more about this advance.

Generally, brine shrimp is by far the most common staple in your jellyfish's diet. You can purchase these shrimp in many forms, from eggs to live brine shrimp and even preserved brine shrimp. Many people may recognize these creatures as the famed 'sea monkeys' that many of us purchased as youths. These tiny shrimp can remain preserved for many years and will hatch and come to live when placed into saltwater.

If your jellyfish requires brine shrimp to survive, you will be able to simply place them in the water. The jellies will eat them whenever they are in need of nutrition. This makes it easier to keep a steady supply of food in the tank at all times.

Where feeding your jellies becomes trickier is when they must eat algae to survive. When your fish require algae and plankton, it is up to you to ensure that there is not only enough of the algae in the tank, but that it offers viable nutrition. This is managed by offering a source of light strong enough to ensure that the algae undergo proper photosynthesis. Because your jellies are so sensitive, however, you will also need to ensure that your light source does not give off too much heat. Maintaining a stable temperature within the tank is very important.

It is possible to purchase frozen algae to feed your jellyfish. These foods are made from numerous species of algae and plankton so that they are highly nutritious for your jellies. Best of all, the kits come with special instructions on how to feed your jellies based on size, number, and species.

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Written by and Sudarsana Sinha.

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