Jellyfish Farming Tips
If you have great interest in aquamarine lives, specifically in jellyfish, you can start your own jellyfish farm. Of course, having passion and interest are not just enough.
You also need to be knowledgeable on the process on how to successfully breed jellyfish.
Overview of Jellyfish
Jellyfish grow quickly, up to 30 centimeters across the bell in approximately 12 months. They begin as a small polyp like a sea anemone. This small polyp will then produce a sequence of small jellyfish known as medusae swimming toward the ocean’s surface. When already mature, the jellyfish produce sperm and eggs that are released to the column of the water where the process of fertilization takes place. As a result, a larva known as planula is produced. It settles at the ocean floor and develops the small polyp stage and the phase restarts.
Preparing the Necessary Materials
In farming jellyfish, the first thing that a famer needs to do is to prepare the necessary materials and the breeding place of the jellyfish. A small dish will do, as you are just starting up. When you have already sold the first-bred jellyfish you can just decide to expand the jellyfish’s breeding place.
What You Need to Know About Polyps
When breeding, it is common for most farmers to begin at the polyp phase of the jellyfish’s life cycle. As aforementioned, polyps reproduce quickly and very stable as well. They can be shipped, transported and sold making them a good place to start.
First Phase of Breeding
In breeding, the first step is getting the polyps from somewhere. If you have placed them in your tank, you have to suck or scrape a few and put them in a small aquarium, petri dish, culture dish, or covered dish, etc. just ensure that there is enough water and enough room where they can bud off to avoid fouling within 24 hours. Leave the polyps in the vessel covered in order to avert the water from altering salinity and evaporating as well. However, if you do not have polyps, you need to purchase some from a jellyfish dealer or to cultivate them from a planula. Purchasing them is easy, but can be costly because of stocking issues.
Feed the Polyps Regularly
When the polyps have already been secured in a dish, all you just have to do is to wait before jellyfish are produced. However, you need to make sure that they are fed regularly with live bring shrimp and liquid invertebrate reef food. You also need to replace the water daily in order to ensure that the polyps will have a clean environment to live in.
When there is a high level of temperature and iodine amount in the tank, it will start stacking jellyfish stacks. So, see to it that you add 1 to 2 drops of iodine or invertebrate food containing iodine. This will do the trick in ensuring the growth of your jellyfish.