Desktop Jellyfish Tank

Desktop Jellyfish Tank

Desktop Jellyfish Tank (Image courtesy Jellyfish Art)
By Andrew Liszewski

Besides the sharks, and possibly the dolphins, the best part of any large scale aquarium is usually the jellyfish tank. Maybe it’s the special lighting that makes them glow so eerily, maybe it’s man’s deep down desires to spend our days lazily drifting through the water. Whatever it is, they’re mesmerizing. So Alex, an inventor with a background in biology and environmental science, has created a jellyfish tank that anyone can operate and maintain at home.

His company, Jellyfish Art, recently posted their ‘Desktop Jellyfish Tank’ To Kickstarter. After just one day they met their funding goal of $3,000. And at the time of writing, have actually raised more than $28,000. When available, the tank will sell for $350 (plus an additional $50 for a set of 3 jellyfish) which seems like a bargain given jellyfish can’t be tossed into just any old fish tank. This one has been specially designed so that they stay protected from the water intakes, which can of course be deadly to a jelly-based being. There’s even a specially engineered channel so they’re shielded from bubbles as they rise to the surface, as well as built-in filtration keeping the chemicals in the water properly in balance.

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11 thoughts on “Desktop Jellyfish Tank”

  1. cool idea, but filtration will NOT keep the chemicals in the water properly balanced. even jelly fish produce waste, a filter will never completely remove this. water changes are needed. always.

  2. that’s probably one of the reasons they needed at least 3000 for start up they got 28,000 dollars so Im sure they will figure something out.

  3. that is probably one of the reasons why they needed the 3000 start up, I am  sure they could find a solution that problem with the 38,000 that they received.   I’m defamation going to buy one!

  4. that is probably one of the reasons why they needed the 3000 start up, I am  sure they could find a solution that problem with the 38,000 that they received.   I’m defamation going to buy one!

  5. This tank will still require water changes as jellyfish do of course eat and therefore produce waste. The filter will of course process SOME of this waste, but the remainder will need to be manually removed with water changes like every other aquatic setup.

    Given the extremely small size of the “tank” such water changes would need to be done very frequently, certainly more than once a week. The smaller a tank is, the HARDER it is to look after, as the small volume of water, even if filtered, will be a concentrated space containg all the waste ( pee ect ) produced by the animal. There is VERY little room for error in nano setups like these. Water testing would need to be done twice a week I estimate, to ensure that all the water parameters are stable, and any problems can be corrected quickly before the aimals become ill.

    Not only that, the water used to refresh the tank must be a saltwater mix of the correct proportions and salinity.

    This is absolutely NOT a tank for a beginner, or even an experienced freshwater aquarist.  Personally I find the idea of any living animal being used as a desktop distraction/toy really very distasteful. Espescially something as specialised in it’s needs as not only an ordinary fishtank and inhabitants, but a complex saltwater setup containing a species almost never seen in home aquaria due to their intricate requirements.

  6.  Such beautiful creatures should be left in beautiful nature, don’t get me wrong- I do own aquariums, my smallest- bigger then this I use strictly for small fry or hatch-lings.
    That’d be a dull life. Imagine life limited – no fields to run through no open roads to test drive no mountain to conquer- only a cube on display. just sayin ….

  7. Such beautiful creatures should be left in beautiful nature, don’t get me wrong- I do own aquariums, my smallest- bigger then this I use strictly for small fry or hatch-lings.
    That’d be a dull life. Imagine life limited – no fields to run through no open roads to test drive no mountain to conquer- only a cube on display. just sayin ….

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