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How to Keep Jellyfish in Aquariums

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How to Keep Jellyfish in Aquariums

Jellyfish is a very interesting invertebrate that's related to plankton and corals. Majority of its species are stomach less, spineless, brainless and eyeless yet they are able to survive well floating in water. Although some species will swim towards their food, others will wait for the food to float towards them.

To keep jellyfish in aquariums isn't as easy as keeping other marine creatures. This is because jellies have various special needs. For instance, when in the wild, they never bump into glass walls hence can easily become trapped in the corners of a simple rectangular aquarium. Your best bet therefore is to use a cylinder-shaped tank that has no corners.

Another key thing about keeping jellyfish in aquariums is that the water is supposed to flow in a certain special way and the jellyfish shouldn't be sucked in by the filter. Keep in mind that while in the wild, jellyfish rely mainly on water currents to move them around hence this is another crucial consideration you have to make when talking of water flow in the aquarium.

The quality of water for your aquarium has to be equally of high standard as the filtration needs of your jellyfish are just like those of a typical reef tank. Multiple skimming is strongly recommended and so is an effective biological filtration. Ensure the ammonia content levels are as low as possible. This is because ammonia is a known neutralizer hence will counteract the jellyfish sting poison, harming more than the venom in your jellies. Mechanical filtration is equally important when deciding to keep jellyfish in an aquarium.

Water has to be changed regularly and just like keeping fish, you have to have an inflow and outflow port in your aquarium to aid effective water movement. Note that a jelly tank has to have regular water movement to make enough current that will keep your jellies up and away from the bottom of the tank so that they wouldn't get sucked out as the water exits.

The next thing to consider when you decide to keep jellyfish in aquariums is how you're going to feed them. In the wild, jellyfish feed on live plankton among other things. One thing that you might consider is using 1-2 days old baby brine shrimps. Although it cannot be comparable to their natural diet, it's far much better and nutritious and what is more, you can hatch brine shrimp in very large quantities and have a stock for yourself. You might want to start considering a second hobby of keeping brine shrimp.

Last but definitely not least, lighting is of equal importance. Remember that your jellyfish (upside down) rely on strong rays to enable its symbiotic algae to photosynthesize. VHO lighting and/or Metal Halide is a good bet when it comes to lighting your jellyfish aquarium. If you put the aforementioned into consideration when considering keeping jellyfish in the aquarium, know that although quite challenging, keeping jellyfish in aquariums is very rewarding compared to keeping any other marine life.

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Written by and Sudarsana Sinha.

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