A new jellyfish company enters the aquarium market: Moon Jellyfish
Move over Cubic and Jellyfish Art, there is a new player in town: Moon Jellyfish. Moon Jellyfish is a new venture created by Sunset Marine Labs that brings their company into the business of providing jellyfish, jellyfish food, and jellyfish tanks to marine aquarists.
For the last 16 years, Sunset Marine Labs has provided jellyfish to both zoos and the aquarium industry throughout the United States. Places like the Indianapolis Zoo, Tennessee Aquarium, Georgia Aquarium and Sea World all have displayed Sunset Marine Labs’ jellyfish. Sunset Marine Labs has also designed high-end jellyfish tanks for professional aquarium service companies and educated them on jellyfish stocking conditions and husbandry. Because of their extensive experience in jellyfish, Sunset Marine Labs has decided to take the next step and begin offering jellies, jellyfish tanks, and jellyfish food to marine aquarium hobbyists.
Their entrance into the marine aquarium market is with their new EON jellyfish tank. The tank's construction is a departure from the traditional kreisel tank that Cubic and Jellyfish Art sell that slowly move the jellies around in a circular pattern. Moon Jellyfish's tank is a 10-gallon cube that comes with a pump, heater, three stage filter, media, and remote controlled color changing LED lighting:
Utilizing a square-flow design, first introduced in the mid 1990's by the Monterey Bay Aquarium & the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, the EON jellyfish system produces a similar environment encountered by the jellyfish in nature. With the square-flow design the jellies are allowed to bell naturally which encourages proper feeding habits. Proper feeding, of course, along with the up and down flow pattern creates an ideal habitat for sustaining happy and healthy jellies.
The complete setup measures 12" L x 15" W x 20" H, weighs 85 pounds when filled with saltwater, and is available in either black or white acrylic. The complete system, minus the jellyfish and food, will run someone $850, which seems a bit on the salty side in my opinion. That said, keeping jellyfish properly takes a completely different system than your standard reef aquarium as jellies are very delicate animals. This difference in system design could command the stated system price.
We are definitely interested in hearing from people who buy one of these tanks. If you have, please let us know. If you are interested in learning more about jellyfish husbandry, read our review of the book How to Keep Jellyfish in Aquariums: An Introductory Guide for Maintaining Healthy Jellies by Chad L. Widmer.
Moon Jellyfish has produced a number of videos about their new EON tank. The first video is a quick look at the tank and the second video shows how to acclimate, feed and maintain your jellyfish in the Eon jellyfish system: