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    making cool stuff,areonautics,marine biology, electronics, welding,machining,3d printing, plasma cutting, nuclear physics, animation/design and more,you name it!

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  1. Lypto's Jellyfish Project

    update: the jellyfish are really liking the flow now, and while their survival may not be assured, its a much greater chance than before. I found a possible culprit, a small worm that seemed to bite into the polyps, as well as an aluminum chip that had somehow made its way into the tank. I work with machines and oftentimes get metal chips in hair and such, so it's not only possible but very likely that I contaminated the tank. New batch of brines a brewing and the polyps that fell off have settled at the bottom and attached.Once I finish the main tank, the power source for a cheato reactor and it's cycled, I can get some adults and work from there. Guided Trial and error seems to be the way here.
  2. Lypto's Jellyfish Project

    disaster has struck after a hiatus, the food or something must have had something nasty in it as the jellyfish all shrank drastically and quite a few died. I'm left with less than I had to start out with, and I'm trying my best to keep em alive.it's pretty discouraging to watch something with so little progress that you've nurtured die off, and I was told jellyfish keeping often ends this way, But I'm determined to see this through. Both of my reserves died fairly quickly as well. I'm going to order a tiny HOB filter and turn it down really low in order to get some water movement in their still 2.5 gallon. Algae is also creeping up and its hard to keep the polyps clean. I'm considering bringing my 10 gallon jelly tank back and eventually ordering some adults.
  3. Lypto's Jellyfish Project

    After I fed the polyps, a couple that had the weird growths moved around and left little bits behind, I've now got more tiny polyps. I'll try to feed them everyday now as opposed to once every two days.
  4. Lypto's Jellyfish Project

    Update on the polyps: my culture suffered a little bit when I missed a day of feeding, they got small and very white quickly, but kept their longer tentacles. I fed them today and they got a little larger and seemed to be doing much better.On the glowing mushrooms, they are a new foray into the realm bioluenesciense for me, and I've been looking for ways to incorporate some glowing life into my reef, and I think I found the answer. There is a species of brittle star that's native off the coast and tide pools of California that glows very brightly when disturbed or when it feeds, The dwarf brittlestar Amphipholis squamata is awesome,locally available, and can handle temps from 65-85 degrees F. As soon as I feel like I've got a stable system with everything in order, I'd love to see If I can collect one or two. I sterilized some jars by boiling them and using some strong rubbing alcohol, and found some substrate for the mushrooms to grow on. The plugs the mycelium comes on actually began to glow faintly
  5. Lypto's Jellyfish Project

    I was digging around in the back of the fridge for brine shrimp eggs and I found an old project I had forgotten about. It might even still be alive. This is a photo of what it will look like If I grow it correctly:
  6. When I hatch brine I just fill a container 3/4th salt and 1/4 distilled, add a little light,heat and motion, and you've got shrimp. What's really useful is if you have a flashlight, put it near the bottom to the side and almost all the shrimp will congregate around. Use a turkey baste to suck up what you like. If you hatch them first and separate from the shells it's much cleaner and you can feed it to sensitive things. There's also decapsulated, which you can just add straight to the tank. I'm curious, could you keep condensation down by putting another container on top of the tray?
  7. This looks very much like a jellyfish culturing water table. I'm interested!
  8. Lypto's Jellyfish Project

    Minor update, instead of strobilation, a few of the polyps have grown smaller mouths and weirdly thick tentacles, as well as lengthening the stalk. I've got no idea why or what they are doing, but it's interesting to watch. Hopefully this is either the polyps splitting to make more, or the early stages of them preparing for ephrya.
  9. DIY Chaeto Reactor

    Blue and red is what I'm going to use. A ratio of one blue per 2-3 red is used for growing most green plants in hydroponics and other. I've been using a purple/blue/red light to keep it alive until I can get it into the reactor and such. White hurts eyes less and grows less unwanted algae, at the expense of filtering capability. I think Red leds are more inefficient so they heat up more, so there's a trade off there.
  10. Lypto's Jellyfish Project

    Another stage jellyfish can have are protocysts. They look like little white balls clinging to a surface. Planula land and become protocysts sometimes when it isn't a good idea to be a polyp, or polyps can become protocycts if conditions are bad. I've got about 12-13 protocysts in a jar that fell off the main culture.
  11. Lypto's Jellyfish Project

    It's awesome to see people interested in the nitty gritty of jellyfish .This is entirely my first rodeo, and I've had a couple of really cool and very knowledgeable people help me through this. I've had one stable(ish) tank, a 10gallon I bought at a thrift store and kept it alive for 3 almost 4 years now, as well as a couple side jars of macroalgaes. I've kept a couple of weird organisms, and thought it would be awesome to try jellyfish. Jellyfish have a lot of different life cycle stages, and all need different things. Below is a picture from the web about the different stages, right now I'm stuck at the polyp stage. If I can get them to strobilation (budding polyp), about 6-12 baby jellyfish(ephrya) will be released. The reason jellyfish are seasonal is because they require changing chemistry and temperatures to induce strobilation. Keep feeding them and eventually they will become the adult Medusa. Adult jellyfish can release thousands of planula larva ( like jellyfish seeds). Those seeds land and can produce polyps that either make more polyps by splitting like an anemone or send out baby jellyfish. In order for me to finish my project on time, I need to get the polyps to send out ephyra soonish.
  12. Lypto's Jellyfish Project

    I reduced the salinity by a small bit, and the polyps fluffed up and the tentacles got longer
  13. Dawn's Reef Jar

    I had xenia that grew like crazy, and then slowly declined and shrank into the crevices. The rock is now full of weird tiny xenia bits...
  14. I regret buying a urchin

    He must have ALL the pretties. Urchins are really funny sometimes, sorry yours is being a bother.
  15. What are these?

    live sand can have lots of things in it. I've had pure saltwater from a mix grow algae from the air, and bristle worms from 2 year old live sand in a bag. There's always little things that can sneak in.