I'm not kidding about the cool part either. After a year and a half of raising clear moon jellies, these new cassiopeia were quite a surprise. Most cassiopeia tend to be a brownish tan color. These cassiopeia are straight blue. Its a very lovely color. The polyps are also quite interesting. They are quite a bit bigger than moon jellyfish polyps (so are the planula, a few were swimming with the polyps). I find this to be a good thing. These polyps should be easier to move, and to handle. Speaking of moving, I noticed the polyps have the ability to twitch their entire body. It was quite eerie.
I have to be careful with these jellies, they are fairly invasive and could break into my other cultures. Hopefully I wont have that problem, as I'm very excited to raise these new jellies. Now I've got moon jellies, Cannonball jellies, and Cassiopeia jellyfish.
|Acclimating the new jellies.|
|Two of the larger specimens, clinging to the side of their tank.|