Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Turned the heat up.

I turned the heater up three degrees. the tanks average temperature is 76.00 degrees F. its now from 79 to 80 degrees F.
I found one polyps that is definitely a moon jellyfish polyp. so hopefully overnight or as the week spans out, it will strobilate and produce me some Ephyra!
And I also have some weird hydroid/polyp creatures living in a petri dish on standby in a separate 1.5 gallon aquarium. they look kind of like polyps but they are mostly clear and at the moment, don't appear to have base stems. I thought at first that segmented worms were eating their bases that they use to attach to stuff with. But Im not even sure if the have bases. and to make it even stranger they have the ability to pulse around rapidly in the water column! s
So every time I spot one I suck it up with a pipet and put it on a dish submerged in the smaller aquarium. Im thinking they might be a polyp of another jellyfish species. i guess they could be a type of box jelly polyp or really any warm water polyps.
Anyways, I will keep you posted on updates for both of these topics. and i will have pictures for any ephyra that I may get.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Polyp update

So the polyps are growing pretty well. There are a few patches of colonial polyps at the bottom of the tank in the substrate layer. There are also stand alone polyps growing on the tank walls. These polyps are growing fasted since they have more room to grow. however the have unique problem. segmented worms are eating their stems off. So most of the polyps are sticking to the walls by their tentacles.
Before today I had no clue polyps could swim. I accidentally jostled a loose polyps and it freaked out and started pulsing around the tank then stuck itself to the tank wall. I was pretty impressed and I managed to get a fuzzy video clip of it swimming and then landing. I might post that up here soon.
So anyways, I will probably culture some polyps in culture dishes or set up a small 1.5 gallon tank for them to grow in. I don't think I will get the polyps in the separate tank to produce ephyra. thats just too unpredictable. I will likely work with cultures for that matter.

Monday, May 16, 2011

POLYPS!

Finally got some polyps. They just suddenly appeared in the tanks. there are several patches of them hanging to the glass marbles of the tank substrate. They seem to be new, and young. They are already budding off new polyps though and they shouldquickly take over the bottom of the tank. Im very happy about that because I have lots of segmented worms I want to get rid of.
I took a small pebble with polyps on it and put in a culture tube, making sure to eradicate all parasites and worms. This tube was capped and n
ow bobs around in the tank. This is basically my back up polyps in case something happens to the rest. If they grow well in the tube I will move them to a culture dish and grow them out, then cause them to strobilate at some point.
On other news, my jellyfish aren't doing to well. the injured one looks very lively and his oral arms are growing back already. he lost his gonads, unfortunately. Maybe he can grow those back, however I doubt it. anyways the other two are acting pretty sickly. Surprisingly I think its the medicine thats causing them to get sick. Iuse marine stress coat with aloe vera to repair fish tissues. Well it works but I think it adds to much slime coating to healthy jellies. They get sick because the literally stick to everything.
So im going to stop treating the whole tank with it ad just soak the injured jellies in a dose when they get hurt, so the healthy ones don't die b/cof it.

pictures of my new polyps ----

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Update

my jellyfish are sick right now. One of them burned a hole right through his bell, and burned his oral arms off. He was in critical condition for a while and now he's getting better. However one of the other jellyfish just dipped in health. No reason why but he sits on the bottom rotting up his bell.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Excellent news

So I had to test out my jellyfish auto feeding technique. I had to leave my jellyfish for a week so I told my mother to drop a scoop of brine shrimp eggs in the tank every two days. Well it worked extremely well. all three jellyfish are doing better than normal. They are thicker and healthier than I've ever seen them to be. their stinging tentacles are very long as they should be. and their oral arms are looking good and healthy as well.
The jellyfish who burnt his tentacles off is doing very good. He grew one very long tentacle back already. Its abnormally long, which probably has something to do with cell trauma from the injury. The rest of his arms are growing back, just slower.
I also noticed that growing the brine shrimp in the tank adds the bonus of clean tank walls. these little shrimps are always scrubbing at the walls, plus they are much less polluting to the tank than frozen food is.
I have to say Im very happy with the current situation.