These Jellyfish are Just Clowning Around in their PJ’s!

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Do you love keeping fish and would also like to keep jellyfish?  What to do?!

You can keep them both in our Eon Jellyfish System because we have a fully-functional wet/dry filter on the back of the tank! Once your system is cycled, you can safely add fish. They also love feeding on the jellyfish food …

We have been testing our Eon 2ube Jellyfish System with 3 Pajama Cardinal fish and a pair of Clownfish. Also hanging out in the tank are 15 moon jellies about 2″-3″ diameter.

Please note, this system is fully cycled and has a heater in it to maintain a constant temperature of 72-75ºF for these tropical fish.

Everyone has been getting along and thriving for the past six weeks and only being fed our jellyfish food. Next, we will add a sea anemone specifically for the clownfish, and see how that goes!

More to be revealed soon!  But we are super excited to have a co-habitation situation happening between the fish and the jellyfish! The clownfish are extremely interactive with us and seem very happy.  The pajama cardinals are super relaxed and love the jellyfish food!

 

 

 

 

Tip: The Drain Screen

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The Eon Jellyfish Aquarium has two spray bars built into it to create the “false current” that the jellyfish need to swim or “bell” properly.  The top spray bar is situated right in front of the drain and acts as a “goalie” or guard to gently redirect the jellyfish away from the drain. There is also a drain screen in that location as a fail safe to manually guard the drain.  Proper placement of the drain screen is imperative.  If it is not installed properly, the jellyfish can slip underneath it and go right down the drain and into the filter box.

The drain screen is shipped to you pre-installed.  Take note of what it looks like properly installed when you receive your Eon.  This is what it looks like when it is properly installed:

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This is what it looks like when it is NOT properly installed:

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Removing it for cleaning is easy.  The pump should be off when doing this procedure. Stand in front of the tank & with washed hands, place both hands into the water. Evenly space your hands across the drain screen, one on the left side and one on the right, with your thumbs on top of it.  Grab it firmly and then pull it down and out.  You may need to wiggle it down and out a bit. It is a simple compression fitting and only needs a good, firm, even pull to get it out.

You can clean it with a small piece of white fuzzy mechanical filter or an algae scrub pad. Rinse it with tap water and dry it thoroughly before placing it back into the tank.

Putting the drain screen back in is also easy.  Again, keep your hands evenly placed across it & hold it so your thumbs are on top of it.  Press it firmly against the back wall of the tank directly under the spray bar. The open side of the drain screen goes against the back wall.  Push it against the back wall & up against the spray bar so there are no gaps between the drain screen and the spray bar.  Then double check your work by looking at it from the side to make sure that it is all the way up under the spray bar and the open side is firmly against the back wall.

EON Owners Unlimited Discount Code

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Hello again, EON Jellyfish Tank Owners!  Just a reminder that you have an eternal discount code worth 10% off ANYTHING—FOREVER on our site.  Just enter the special coupon code you were given after purchasing the EON Jellyfish System during checkout and receive 10% off your purchase.  During special events, we will increase this discount for you, so “Like” Sunset Marine Labs on Facebook and keep up to date on our specials!

If you forgot your discount code, just email us and we’ll look up your record!

DIY: Build Your Own Extension Scrub Brush for the EON 2ube and 3ON

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If you have the Eon 20 gallon Jellyfish System, you may have had difficulty cleaning the bottom of the tank.  It’s easy to clean the sides of the tank with an aquarium cleaning magnet, but how to clean the bottom & back?  There are some extension scrubber brushes out there (the black unit on the left in the picture), but in our experience these tend to be in adequate. They do extend nicely but…..

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The cleaning heads are minimal and after only 2 uses tends to fall apart.scrubrush2

You can easily and cheaply build your own scrub brush using a standard acrylic aquarium scrub brush purchased at any fish store & a couple 1/2″ PVC fittings, 1/2″ PVC pipe & electrical tape found at Home Depot, Lowes or any home improvement store.

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What you will need:

8″ long piece of  1/2″ diameter threaded grey rod

4″ long piece of 1/2″ diameter PVC pipe

1 PVC fitting: 1/2″ coupling Slip x Slip

1 PVC fitting: 1/2″ coupling Thread x Thread

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First thing you want to do is secure the 1/2″ PVC Thread x Thread fitting to the scrub brush handle using electrical tape.  Place the PVC fitting just below the hook on the scrub brush & using the electrical tape (about a 9″ long piece) secure the fitting to the scrub brush.  Electrical tape stretches nicely, so stretch and then pull on the tape to join the two together & then continue wrapping the tape around the fitting and the scrub brush handle like the picture. Make it snug and tight!

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Now you can attach the  extension handles.  First, the threaded grey rod & then the white PVC pipe.

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Lickety Split! Easy! And cheap!

DIY: Stop Your Turkey Baster from Dripping

 

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If you have the Eon 10 gallon Jellyfish System, you may have been using a turkey baster to either feed your jellies or quickly pick up any detritus or uneaten food at the bottom of the tank, or both.  Most turkey basters drip terribly unless you seal the bulb to the pipette.  Once sealed properly the baster creates better suction and you can quickly and easily pick up any unwanted algae or uneaten food and deposit right away into the filter box–no dripping!  This makes for a quick tidying of the tank without having to pull out the siphon tube and do an entire water change.

Using a 5″ piece of electrical tape you can easily solve this problem.  Electrical tape comes in many lovely colors and has the unique characteristic of uniformly stretching and creating a nice watertight seal around the bulb and the pipette.

Step 1.

Cut a 5″ long piece of electrical tape.

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Step 2.

Place the 5″ long piece of electrical tape half on the bulb and half on the pipetteturkeybaster2

Step 3.

Place your thumb on the electrical tape and hold it firmly while firmly pulling on the tape to stretch it.turkeybaster3jpg

Step 4.

Continue pulling the electrical tape tightly all the way around to create a nice seal like this!turkeybaster4This is easily removed & repeated when you need to clean the turkey baster once a month or so.

Tip: Use a Swivel Base to Turn the Eon Around

Here’s a wonderful tip from veterinarian Jennifer Pullium from New York City.
Using a Lapworks turntable she is able to turn her 10 gallon Eon Jellyfish Aquarium around with ease!  The rotating base holds up to 150 pounds and glides nicely giving you access to the back side of the aquarium for LED adjustment or to check the water level in the sump reservoir. It’s also nice to be able to change the angle of the tank for added viewing options. I purchased one and tested it– and she’s 100% correct!  It’s fantastic! The swivel base comes in 10″, 12″ and 15″ diameter and smoothly turns the aquarium.  The picture below shows the 15″ diameter swivel supporting the Eon 10 gallon jellyfish tank.  It extends a bit beyond the base so the 12″ diameter swivel will be better for this tank.

This is the 15" Lapworks Swivel base.  It holds up to 200 pounds.  I think the 12" is the best bet for the 10 gallon Eon Jellyfish Aquarium!
This is the 15″ Lapworks Swivel base. It holds up to 200 pounds. I think the 12″ diameter swivel will work better for the 10 gallon Eon Jellyfish Aquarium.

The Eon 2ube sits nicely on the 15″ base and it holds up to 200 pounds. Perfect!

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Expectations for Keeping Jellyfish as Pets

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As with any pet, having a pet jellyfish takes some time, dedication and care on your part, the pet owner. Taking care of jellyfish means taking care of their watery environment & feeding them something nutritious— given you have a proper jellyfish tank for them to survive.

What is expected of you now that you have a pet jellyfish or two or three in the house?  Well, you will have to feed them daily and conduct a few simple water tests each week. You will also change out some filters & some water and clean the interior of the tank.  Of course, the size of your jellyfish tank will determine just how much time these tasks will take—the bigger the tank, the more time & water is needed.  Below is the maintenance schedule for the 10gallon Eon Jellyfish System, just to give you an idea of the maintenance required.

•Once a week you test the water quality & will change 1 gallon of saltwater, change the mechanical filter & clean the interior surfaces of the tank (30 minutes time).

•Every other week you will also change 1 of the 3 carbon filters (an additional 5 minutes).

•Every three months you will clean out the spray bar holes and the drain screen, along with the pump and check valve (an additional 20 minutes).

•Every year you will remove the jellies & filters and bleach & dechlorinate the system.

Because moon jellies are 96% water, most of your attention will be on the quality of the water your jellies are living in—they literally are what they swim in—so keep it nice!  On a daily basis, the Eon’s built in wet/dry filter will maintain your biological & chemical filtration and therefore, water quality and clarity, only requiring a 1 gallon water change each week.

It is a simple routine that is easily followed.  And in doing so, you can certainly expect to see happy, growing jellies in your home! Enjoy!