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Jellyfish Tank Filtration

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Jellyfish Tank Filtration

Keeping jellyfish at home has been the dream of many hobbyists for years now. Jellyfish are amongst the most beautiful creatures in the marine world and have captured the hearts of many fish keepers. However, keeping jellyfish is a very complicated and precise procedure and any obstacles to maintaining the right environmental balance can result in the death of jellyfish. This is because jellyfish are extremely delicate creatures with only 5% of total body mass made of solid organic matter. The kind of set up and care required to keep jellyfish has only been trusted to public aquariums and scientific communities until recently.

One of the main reasons has been the difficulty in providing a good water flow and filtration systems to potential jellyfish tanks. Appropriate water flow and proper filtration system are absolute essentials to keep a jellyfish alive. The jellyfish lives suspended in water. It also depends upon water tides and currents for all its horizontal movements. Water motion is what transports its food, zooplanktons and small crustaceans, into ints tentacles. It is hard enough to replicate these conditions in a fish tank. What makes it even tougher is managing its filtration system in a way that it not only provides complete filtration and replication of the jellyfish's natural habitat, but also ensures that the jellyfish does not get stuck of sucked in the process of filtration.

Regular fish tanks and filtration systems cannot be used for keeping jellyfish. The rectangular sides and corners of a regular fish tank pose a security hazard for the delicate jellyfish. The filtration in a regular fish tank works by a principle similar to that of our hair dryers. What a jellyfish needs is a filtration system that works more on the model of out clothes dryer and replicates its gentle tumbling motion.

The Jelliquarium is the latest technological development for keeping jellyfish at home. Its water pump and filtration system replicate the natural habitat as closely as possible while providing the jellyfish with a safe and clean environment. The filtration system in a Jelliquarium provides complete surface skimming of all debris and organic material. Its filtration system also contains an anti-siphon trough. The purpose of this anti-siphon trough is to reduce the siphoning of water when the power is turned off. On the other hand, the water flow is expertly maintained to provide the jellyfish with suspension in water. This water flow is also immensely adjustable to suit the requirement of different species of jellyfish.

Together with the anti-siphon trough, the level of water adjustability the Jelliquarium also has an enlarged egg crate at the place where water exits from the tank. All these three factors combined together ensure a relatively high level of security to the jellyfish by providing measures to prevent its sucking into the water outlet.

The filtration system of any jellyfish tank should ideally also incorporate a protein skimmer. A jellyfish tank filtration system is considered complete when along with surface skimming and protein skimming, it can provide complete mechanical, chemical and biological filtration.

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Written by and Sudarsana Sinha.

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