When you go to purchase your new pet jellyfish, you will find there are two basic sources. They will either be wild caught or bred in captivity. We will go through the major benefits to choosing captive bred, as well as why some jellyfish aren’t captive bred.
Captive bred jellyfish make the healthiest and hardiest jellyfish. They tend to eat a wider range of foods, and are overall easier to care for. Here are some major benefits and their reasoning,
- Accustomed to Life in Captivity: Captive bred jellyfish are used to living in captivity. They are far less likely to develop issues from rubbing on the sides of the aquarium. In nature, jellyfish have nearly infinity to exist in. Often times they hit land and that is their end. In captivity, we simulate that infinity, but it isn’t always perfect. That’s why captive reared jellies are superior. They don’t mind the occasional bump.
- Ready Acceptance of Food: Captive bred jellyfish are usually far more accepting of foods. Some wild jellyfish, like Mangrove Box Jellyfish, refuse to eat any food offered. Our line of carefully bred Mangrove Box Jellies now eat food. In that regard, some wild caught specimens can be impossible to keep.
- Reduced Environmental Impact: Why take a jellyfish from the ocean when we can simply breed them in captivity? Jellyfish populations aren’t entirely understood. Some jellyfish appear in huge masses whereas others only make appearances every few years. For this reason, we prefer to breed rather than collect.
Some jellyfish Cannot be Bred in Captivity. What now?
Jellyfish, such as Comb jellies and Blue Blubber Jellyfish cannot be readily bred in captivity. Despite this, we do try to offer those jellies when possible. Some jellyfish meet a set criteria that we feel makes them acceptable wild caught pets. Both of these jellyfish can be found in huge populations, far beyond what we could dream of collecting. Both will eat foods when brought into captivity. And when we collect or purchase wild jellyfish, we always carefully select the healthiest jellies to sell. We make sure to offer a jellyfish that shows no sign of deterioration or damage.
These are the things to consider when choosing your new pet jellyfish. Here at the Jellyfish Warehouse, we try to breed every jellyfish we can find. We offer Comb Jellyfish and soon hope to offer Blue Blubber Jellyfish. Every other jellyfish we sell has been carefully bred in our facilities.
You can buy your own pet jellyfish and jellyfish aquarium at our online store: Jellyfish Warehouse