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Cyclop-eeze: Jellyfish Food

Cyclop-eeze: Jellyfish Food picture

Cyclop-eeze: Jellyfish Food

Human have been enamored by jellyfish for centuries, but keeping them in captivity for one's pleasure has only been a dream in the recent past. One of the greatest challenges for doing so was the food habits of the jellyfish. In nature, jellyfish feed on microscopic zooplankton and small crustaceans. However, it is almost impossible to source large quantities of live zooplankton to be able to feed jellyfish at least twice a day. This major obstacle has now been resolved with the arrival of Cyclop-eeze.

Cyclop-eeze is a bio-engineered nutritional organism. This means that they are very similar to the copepods that are found throughout the waters of the world, but they biologically engineered to provide higher levels of nutrition that any natural source available. They are created so that they can provide large doses of nutritional biochemical ingredients to the inhabitants of a jellyfish aquarium. They are generally categorized as 'Nutraceuticals' or nutritional pharmaceuticals.

Cyclop-eeze are organisms that are selectively bred in the harsh conditions of arctic salt lakes which provides them with the perfect eco-system to thrive in. In the icy cold water, these organisms acquire an exceptionally high level of Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acids (HUFA's), especially those in the Omega-3 family. These fatty acids are very beneficial to marine life and an important part of their diet. The levels of these fatty acids in cyclop-eeze is typically 40 times higher than those obtained from even the highest-quality artemia eggs. This provides a large dose of nourishment to the captive jellyfish.

Cyclop-eeze feed on rich algae biomass which contains large quantities of pigment Astaxanthene. Astaxanthene is an excellent color enhancer and consumption of cyclop-eeze will ensure that your jellyfish is able to display its magnificent colors to the fullest extent. Additionally, Astaxanthene is also very rich in anti-oxidants and is very helpful for maintaining optimum health of your jellyfish.

Cyclop-eeze are harvested at a time when their nutritional value is the highest. They are then immediately frozen and packed in a way that ensures that no nutritional property of the cyclop-eeze gets depleted during the process. On the other hand, live zooplanktons are known to lose their nutritional properties if they are not constantly fed until they are used in the aquarium. The issues with maintaining large live zooplankton cultures also pose great difficulty in using them a aquarium food. Cyclop-eeze are more nutritious than live zooplankton when frozen and stored properly and they also do not require effort or maintenance. All you need to do is cut of small pieces of cyclop-eeze and drop them into your aquarium.

Until recently, brine shrimp was the only food substitute available for jellyfish in captivity. While brine shrimp contain lipids and unsaturated fatty acids, they lack most other nutritional ingredients and cannot be used as the only food substitute for jellyfish without supplementing it with other products that are still experimental. Cyclop-eeze seems to have resolved a huge issue with regard to feeding jellyfish in captivity by providing a complete high nutrition diet for them.

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Written by and Sudarsana Sinha.

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