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Deep Sea Jellyfish Aquarium

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Deep Sea Jellyfish Aquarium

The jellyfish is not a fish, and is one of the oldest surviving marine animals on the planet. There are many species of jellyfish in the oceans of the world and they come in all sizes. There are jellyfish which measure only a couple of centimeters in length, to ones that measure more than 20 feet with their trailing tentacles. Their shape also is unique, with the typical bell shaped body and trailing tentacles underneath. They do not have a brain and lack any kind of skeletal structure and their main body is just one gelatinous mass, hence the name.

The jellyfish holds the fascination of many people and a lot of people would like to have them as a pet in an aquarium. Jellyfish are sensitive creatures and a change in their environment can prove fatal. The deep sea jellyfish aquarium needs to be specially built to mimic all those aspects of the jellyfish environment. From lighting, to temperature, to current of the water, all has to be properly take care of.

A deep sea jellyfish inhabits the layer of the sea which is just below the photosynthetic layer and is called the mesopelagic zone. It is quite dark as the only form of light is bioluminescence produced by some of the creatures inhabiting these depths. The lighting for the deep sea jellyfish aquarium will also have to be near this level of luminosity, and too bright a light will damage the jellyfish.

As we are talking about a sea jellyfish, the pH level and salinity of the water in the aquarium will have to match that, found in the sea. A deep sea jellyfish will not be able to acclimatise to a drastic change in the salinity of the water in the tank and also care should be taken regarding this aspect when the water is changed in the tank.

A jellyfish does not have any muscles, and all its movement is facilitated by the currents in the ocean. So a jellyfish tank will need to have mechanisms in place which will produce these currents in the water. Most jellyfish tanks will have a laminar flow that helps in keeping the jellyfish suspended in the water.

Another important aspect is controlling the temperature in the deep sea jellyfish aquarium. A jellyfish is more than 95% water and any change in its aquatic environment causes fatalities. The temperature will have to be maintained at what range it is used to in the sea. Although jellyfish are known to have migrated in the ocean to colder waters, in captivity it some how does not work, and the temperature will have to be maintained.

The characteristics and life cycle of the deep sea jellyfish is still under study by various marine biologists from around the world, and many aquariums are developing better equipment to breed and maintain these fascinating creatures. The advancement in technology has now made it possible to create the deep sea conditions required in a jellyfish aquarium.

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Written by and Sudarsana Sinha.

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