JellyFish Facts

Tank Setup, Location and Lighting Part 1

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Tank Setup, Location and Lighting Part 1

Now that you understand what type of aquarium you need, it is time to learn about setting up your jellyfish aquarium. This task is not necessarily difficult, but it is time consuming. Getting the water just right for your fish can take a week or more, and it is important not to get impatient. Putting your jellies in too early will lead to a certain death and is never advised under any circumstances.


Where you put your tank is largely up to you and your personal style. Tanks can be built into walls, placed on desks, put on a shelf, or can even stand on the floor. The important things to understand when installing your tank are to keep it away from direct sunlight, electrical equipment, and heat. You will also want to ensure that your tank is out of reach of children and animals who may want to play with the fish inside.

Once you have chosen a location for your tank, it is time to put it in place and let it sit. Setting up your aquarium is a delicate process, so leaving the tank in place is recommended. Moving a tank with your jellies inside can also be dangerous, as moving them can push them into walls and other objects and risk damaging their delicate membranes.


Now that you have chosen a location for your tank, it is time to begin the setup process. Please note that if your tank comes with specific setup instructions, it is always best to follow those. Each tank is slightly different, especially when it comes to filters and water flow, and the paperwork that accompanies the aquarium should help you to set it up properly. For those using homemade or secondhand tanks, however, the following instructions should offer great benefit.

The first part of your aquarium setup will be installing the filter. You will need to clean the filter thoroughly if it is one of the sponge types. The filter will likely lock into place on your bubble tube if you are using a kit style aquarium. For other aquariums, your filter and water circulation system may be different, and it is important to look for instructions regarding your particular aquarium type.

Once your aeration and flow system is in place, you will want to rinse and add a small layer of aquarium gravel. This will help keep the beneficial bacteria in your tank alive. A very small layer is all that is needed. You will then want to use glass marbles or balls to cover the gravel completely, as the gravel is sharp and can cause significant harm to your jellyfish. The marbles offer a smooth surface that is safe for your jellies to touch.

In your tank has a separate heater or thermostat, you will want to place it inside the tank and keep it set to 77 degrees. Most heaters need to be completely submerged within the tank, but reading the instructions that are designed for your tank will help you ensure that your heater is set up properly.

Next: Tank Setup, Location and Lighting Part 2

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