If you’re thinking about bringing home a new pet, the first question that probably comes to mind is
“What does it eat?”
Since most grocery stores don’t carry big bags of dry jellyfish food in the pet section, and pet store selections are usually limited to dry fish flakes and pellets, you might be scratching your head trying to figure out just what the heck a jellyfish might eat.
Well, put down that jar of peanut butter… You’re gonna need something a little less chewy — baby brine shrimp!
In the wild, most jellies eat all sorts of small planktonic larvae (free-floating baby sea critters), but baby brine shrimp are their all-time favorite dish. If you have the ability to cultivate your own live brine shrimp, that would be the best option. But for the casual jellyfish owner, there are simpler options available that will make your little jellyfriends very happy.
Pet jellyfish love to eat our specially enriched frozen brine shrimp we prepare each and every day. We’ve spent over 20 years perfecting our formula, and the jellies really seem to appreciate it! They only need a small amount of it (about ¼ inch of a stick per 3 small jellies) floating freely in the water with them, and they’ll swim around plucking it out of the water on their own.
Sunset Marine Labs Frozen Jellyfish Food is available for purchase on our website, http://www.sunsetmarinelab.com/
Hungry Jellyfish with Empty Stomachs
It’s hard to regulate just how much food to feed your fish sometimes. You don’t want to over feed them or under feed them. But, how do you know if your jellyfish are getting enough to eat each day????? If only you could see just how full they were. Hard to do with fish, BUT….you have jellyfish!!! They’re transparent!
You can see right through them & see their stomachs! This is the best way to know if you’re feeding enough each day to keep them healthy and growing.
One of the most common problems when keeping jellyfish as pets is keeping them nutritionally fulfilled. Most folks are not sure just how much to feed to keep their jellyfish healthy. Jellies are passive feeders and need more food than you think. They quickly become lethargic and thin if they aren’t getting enough good food to eat. So, if you start out not feeding enough nutritional food, your jellyfish will start to wither and shrink.
The picture below represents moon jellyfish that are waiting for a meal. Empty stomachs!
The picture below demonstrates what your jellyfish should look like about 45 minutes after feeding them.
Full Stomachs! Happy Jellyfish!
Their stomachs should be nice and full like this at least once a day, with nutritionally sound food for jellyfish.
A word about vacations, weekends & days off from feeding….
If your jellyfish are healthy and being fed normally and on a regular basis with nutritional jellyfish food, then you can safely get out of town for the weekend. They will be fine given they have full stomachs 5 days out of 7