Monday, September 26, 2011

Shopping at petco :)

Went shopping at Petco today for  jellyfish supplies. Its actually a pretty good place to find supplies for building jellyfish aquariums or to find various tank chemicals, salt and even food.

Today I went to my local Petco store to buy several things. I needed a new "critter tank" for my ephyra and I wanted to browse the frozen food isle for possible jellyfish food. While browsing for food I picked up a variety pack of frozen food fit for most marine animals and Hikari brand "first bites" food. I'm hoping to find a food that I can feed to all my ephyra of any size. Some ephyra are born at a size where brine shrimp is no problem. Others can even catch a brine shrimp. So theres and obvious problem there and I'm hoping an improved diet will help the ephyra stay alive. I've seen hundreds of ephyra shrink into nothingness and I'm tired of it.

So I'm thinking of two ways to improve diet.

  1. Smaller food for all ephyra grants every ephyra the chance to eat and they can all digest food better and take more nutrients from food. 
  2. Various foods like planktons and frozen fish blended finely. 
Im going with both, but for right now I'm staying with frozen food and live brine shrimp. However I will order live planktons and copepods if need be. Right now the ephyra are eating brine shrimp and a little bit of the frozen food i bought today. The frozen food was a variety pack and included, mysis shrimp, squid, brine shrimp and omnivorous food. There were four different kinds of food in the pack based on those four ingredients but they all seemed to contain the three in different quantities. Squid was the only exception, which was by itself as a frozen food. I fed them the food that was mainly brine shrimp to start off with. It seemed blended enough to the point where the jellyfish could gain nutrients just from soaking in the food.

I also really wanted some frozen rotifers to try but this Petco didn't carry them. They seem to be the appropriate second hand food with brine shrimp being first. But maybe this frozen food will work just as well. :)



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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Live Moon Jellyfish Polyps for sale

So in an effort to raise money for my research I am going to begin selling warm water moon jellyfish polyps. I need funding to be able to grow out ephyra, and this should help.

I will be posting an ebay page next week with 10 loose polyps for $100 plus shipping. At the moment I will ship to the continental US only.

I only have one package available. This includes 10 loose polyps, and a  pipet for transferring polyps. If you know that you want some polyps email me at Travis.brandwood@gmail.com. First come first serve. If no one buys directly from me then I will continue the plan and sell via ebay.

Feel free to contact me for more information or to buy. Thanks, this should really boost my funding, so I can possibly start selling adult jellyfish!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Gah, these ephyra are so difficult!

Ephyra really are extremely difficult to raise. I just cant get the hang of them. There are so many things that can kill or injure them. It even goes down to what food you give them.

I was going on having a set of really nice ephyra. They were getting big and looked as if I was going to be successful in growing them to adulthood but then they just quit out on me. I tried feeding them frozen blended brine shrimp, and the next morning there was just piles of goop I the dish, with too piles of goop still pulsing. Strangely this only happened too the larger ephyra. The smaller ones were fine.

So I ordered a screen for the new breeding system. Its a nylon 1000 micron screen. I bought it off amazon for 12.00. Should get here in a few days.

I havent really said much about all of my system lately so I will now. I have a 1.5 gallon aquarium with polyps on petri dishes. My display is running with one warm water moon jellyfish and two snails. I have a bucket with live rock, two hermit crabs and two snails in it. This is all stuff from the beach that was and maybe will go with a cannonball jellyfish tank or maybe Cassiopeia. I also have several dishes with polyps and ephyra living in them.