Keeping Jelly Fish as pets can be quite a novel idea. In fact, one company listed a Kick Starter project centered on keeping Jelly fish in home aquariums, dubbed the Desktop Jelly Fish Tank. Like most Kick Starter projects, depending on the amount you donated determined the prizes you would receive. But unlike other Kick Starter projects the Jelly Fish tank project starts to get very interesting.
Apparently, the Jelly Fish Tank didn’t take into account all the living conditions needed for Jelly Fish to thrive and survive. Some users are complaining about high death rates, as well as lack of shipment of the products they ordered. ”I lost one jellyfish already do to him hitting the rocks and then eventually getting stuck over and over,” backer Christopher Mendes wrote. “The past 2 mornings I’ve woken up to find the other jellyfish to start doing the same thing. This morning he looked shrunken and crippled after getting out of the rocks.”
The newly-arrived jellies of Lana Vaughn didn’t fare much better: “Two Jellies in distress. One got stuck to the rocks. He got loose but has a big tear. Not sure how the other one got his tear. Third one is fine so far.”
But backer Sean Byington’s comment is the most tragic, and the most damning: “Came home to find that my replacement jellyfish had died a mere 3 days after recieving them, that’s a total of 6 dead now. I’m really disappointed in this product. Despite following all the instructions included with the tank as well as on jellyfishart.com, the tank seems incapable of sustaining life for more than 72 hours.”
Jelly Fish Tank is shipping some units with substrate (small pebbles/rocks) which is common in freshwater fish setups. You have most likely seen a Jelly Fish tank at a professional zoo or aquarium. Have you seen any substrate? No. That’s because jellies are very sensitive creatures and extremely delicate. The professionals running these organizations know better, obviously better than this new startup. Of course, you can still order these
death cages aquariums directly from Jelly Fish Art starting at $285.
via [Beta Beat]