Friday, January 21, 2011

Cleaned the entire aquarium.

I was having problems with the filter suction pulling in my smallest jellie so I redid some things. the gravel and glass beads were mixed up really well so I spend 2 hours sorting those out. The jellyfish were in a batch of new salt water in a clear storage bin. I siphoned out all kind of dirt and debris. Did a 75% water change as well. Cracked open a a pack of new gravel and loaded that in. Replaced the colorful marbles afterwards. That really helped the system's load. Introduced the jellies back in (forgot to acclimate ooopss :s, they were fine). They seemed to like it. I think they realized I cleaned out all their microscopic babies because the males release spermazoa immediatly upon re-introduction. Everything seems okay.
Lately I've noticed the level of stress I get when handling these jellies. No matter what improvements I do I always seem to find something to freak out about. for example- the glass marbles aren't exactly flat on the bottom of the tank-. Im worried the jellies will bump into some uneven gravel and hurt themselves.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

New Food

My littlest jellyfish hasn't been eating well lately. That could cause him to shrink until basically nothing. So I set out to find a food it will eat well and like. First I though maybe the frozen food was too big for him. I swished it in and out of a pipet until it was naplii liquid. I fed that but its didn't work and he ate less. I assume it kinda just diluted in front of him. So today I made a totally new recipe. I took a piece of frozen shrimp ad thawed it out. I pulverized it into a jello consistency. Then I added a little frozen food and dumped that in some tank water. The main large chunks sank to the bottom leaving a viscous shrimp/frozen food liquid. That got separated and put into a bowl. I added a lot of frozen food and more water. I was left with a still-semi-viscous-liquid. This was rich in shrimp based nutrients plus all the small foods in the frozen food. After testing it out I concluded it was a success! They ate it very nicely, and all of them seemed to get more food this time. I cant quite explain it but it definitely helped.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I'm building a Polyp and Ephyra tank. That way I can attempt at raising new moon jellyfish, if they breed in my tank. Its in its prototypical stages at the moment. I've build it kind of backwards compared to other versions. On the far right is the pump and filter chamber. Moving left is this polyp colony chamber. At the far left is the Ephyra, and grow out chamber. This design has its downs and its ups. the polyps could move into the filter chamber through the holes drilled into the wall. in that case, however they wont likely produce Ephyra. the advantages are that there is no need for a spray bar in the Ephyra chamber. this is because there is only a small hole leading from the polyp chamber to the Ephyra chamber.
I've built the tank up to the plumbing part. Im working on that now and it will be done soon. After I gather some more funds I will be making a kreisel tank, out of entirely 1/4 inch acrylic.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Got my Jellies!



I just got my Moon Jellyfish late last night. I purchased them from Jellyfish Art (Jellyfishart.com) over the weekend. they were shipped out monday and were supposed to get here on tuesday. However the weather was was Terrible. I got them wednesday night, in a freezing box. They are warm water jellyfish by the way so the freezing water was highly inappropriate. I opened the bag and found three floating, motionless jellyfish. I figured a species like this with no respiratory system, no brain etc, would be the kind that almost revives under the correct circumstances. I acclimated my jellies for an hour and a half. first one then another started to pulse, or bell. I added them all to the tank and they reacted immediately with happy, quick, and smooth movement. they were even more hyperactive the next morning. they move almost constantly around the tank. Then occasionally the flatten out and drift for a minute, as if trying to capture any food brazing by.
I bough these guys with a new package, called the "beginners package" this comes with three moon jellyfish and a 6 month supply of food. You can also add any a
ccessory to the bundle with no extra shipping cost. I am very appalled at my three little jellies. I showed them to several people, all stunned wordless. I find it very unique that I have three jellyfish.
One of the coolest features, and accessories that I added to the tank was a programable remote control LED light. This illuminates the clear jellyfish. Blue and white lighting are my favorites. The blue makes them look like they are still in the ocean, and is relaxing as a light for night time affairs. The white light is bright and allows detail to be clear amongst these jellyfish.