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All-Water Boards => Other Aquatic Pets => Topic started by: Karen on March 02, 2008, 08:40:43 AM



Title: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Karen on March 02, 2008, 08:40:43 AM
I can't decide if this should go under "other pets" or alternative set ups!

I was going to clean my big tank yesterday.  Not a full water change, but just clean the algae out of it and swap out 20 gallons of water (<10%).  I had buckets of water in the basement that had been sitting there about 2 weeks that I had planned to use.  When I pried the lid off one of the buckets, it was glowing!

I have a comb jellie living in a bucket!  How cool is that?  I can't believe he lived in the basement for 2 weeks! I don't dare put him in the tank as the filters would kill him, so I am not really sure what to do with it.  Its currently in a water pitcher on top of the tank.  He has little tentacles that stretch out to catch his food (algae I am wringing off the algae sponge that I use to clean the tank glass) and lots of cilia that beats as he swims.  Its so cool!  If I poke him, he lights up like a little Christmas tree and makes the pitcher look like a night light!  He is about the size of a marble.  I have no idea what species he is, but I know the real common one around here gets to be bigger than a golf ball.

Perhaps I am easy to amuse, but I have a pet ctenophore and you guys don't.... so there!  (And yes I do realize that this is a lot like having a pet sandwich bag!) :jolly1: :jolly1: :jolly1: :jolly1: :jolly1: :jolly1:


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Markalot on March 02, 2008, 09:17:33 AM
http://njscuba.net/biology/sw_jellies.html#CombJellies

Cool.  So which Comb is it?


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Karen on March 02, 2008, 10:34:10 AM
LOL....there are a lot more varieties than that around here.  If it was bigger I would say its a sea gooseberry.  They are what we have around here in HUGE numbers.  But my ID skills are just not good enough to ID a juvie sea goose berry.


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Gypers on March 02, 2008, 10:36:54 AM
Karen, that is so cool! Are you going to try to keep it or take it back?


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Wizzy on March 02, 2008, 12:57:14 PM
Well i've never heard of it but I would expect nothing less.....there is only you that could have a glowing green gooseberry in a water jug and think that its Christmas again ! You potty woman lollll xxxx You have to name it WOBBLE.


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: aquagirl900 on March 02, 2008, 01:06:34 PM
I want one!


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Gopi on March 02, 2008, 01:24:34 PM
*jealous*


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: russ on March 02, 2008, 01:29:52 PM
Oh yeah? Well I have a, ah, ummm, have a, ah, one of those, aww forget it. Yours is just too cool!


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Karen on March 02, 2008, 02:20:28 PM
Eat your hearts out... you all wish you had one of these in a beer glass on top of your tank!

(http://twilighterror.smugmug.com/photos/260998506_o9iXf-M.jpg)


All I have to say is... its really hard to take a picture of something "see through!"


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: April ♥ Lynn on March 02, 2008, 08:28:54 PM
you should do it at night, and make it glow
that would be awesome ;)


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Aquaseafoam on March 02, 2008, 08:48:01 PM
Thats pretty awesome Karen! I do wish I had a glowing pet sandwich bag like that!


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Zach on March 02, 2008, 08:55:57 PM
That is so cool!!!
maybe you could put it in a jellyfish tank.
I heard of when people house jellyfish, they put them into this short sideways cylnder shaped tank.
the intake valve is next to the outflow valve in the center of the tank and it creates a merry-go-round current that keeps the jellyfish in constant slow motion without the risk of the jellyfish stiking to the filter intake.


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Shari on March 06, 2008, 05:49:16 PM
That is just too cool, Karen :happy:

Maybe you should set up a tank for it  :kewl:


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Karen on March 11, 2008, 07:12:33 AM
So 12 days later I still have my pet sandwich bag..... I squeezed out the filter on the protein skimmer in the the glass he is living in.... nearly every thing that came out is "self propelled."  That tank has more zoo plankton than even I realized.

The sand dollars were doing their bull dozer impressions last night.....I can't even understand how they can eat as many of the sand dwelling microfauna and yet I still have tons of little worms and critters left.

I have a new thing "growing up out of my sand" as of this weekend too!  I can't wait to see what it turns into!  It may be a sponge of some sort, but right now its a clear fibrous gooey spot in the sand...the sand dollars avoid it, but the snails cruise over it as do the star fish.  I need to get a picture of it.  No clue what it may be!


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Hoots on March 11, 2008, 08:28:44 AM
I'd be at that tank all day and night, sounds awesome!


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Shari on March 11, 2008, 11:37:42 AM
I'm so jealous......well, at least I want to come see :)


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: TruCelt on March 11, 2008, 04:37:02 PM
What you need is an in-tank refugium.  That way the little guy will get enough oxygen.  Erm . .  .  they do use oxygen, right?   :blush:

That is just soooo cool!  Pleease take night picture for us?  Pretty please, with sugar on top?!?!?


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Wizzy on March 11, 2008, 05:30:27 PM
Ive been reading about your 'teen-o-fora'. ( sea gooseberry )  I am sure you already know but, unlike jellyfish, which move by contracting their bodies, ctenphores move by rhythmically beating their 8 'combs' which are rows of many thousands of hair-like cilia ( greek for eyelashes ) .
That means that ya got a glowing gooseberry with beautiful fluttery eyelashes in ya tank.

AND ................. while a jellyfish can regenerate a missing tentacle, half a comb jelly regenerates into a whole one again !!!!!
How useful is that !!!!!!


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: secorneli on March 11, 2008, 07:22:21 PM
glowing gooseberry with beautiful fluttery eyelashes i

Wizzy, you just hurt my eyes a lot!  I've got pressure phosphene but with my eyes open! LOL


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Karen on March 11, 2008, 07:31:53 PM
Wizzy, you may NOT cut my sandwich bag in half and make two out of it!


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: TruCelt on March 11, 2008, 09:13:00 PM

I think you should name the Jelly "Ziplock"!


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Wizzy on March 12, 2008, 06:17:35 AM
You read my mind . :jolly1:


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: aquagirl900 on March 12, 2008, 08:28:17 PM
cut him in half so i can have one...then I'll let mine grow and cut him in half and give one to wizzy!


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Muffuletta on March 13, 2008, 08:03:27 AM
The poor little creature not even out of a glass and cut in three. 


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Redfish01 on March 13, 2008, 09:59:07 AM
Just curious Karen, Do u have any Feather Duster's within any of your marine tanks. I used to have some as a kid when I had setup my first reef aquarium oh so many...many years ago. A few were very colorful.


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: TruCelt on March 13, 2008, 10:33:55 AM
Quote
cut him in half so i can have one...then I'll let mine grow and cut him in half and give one to wizzy!

http://www.moviesoundclips.net/movies1/meninblack/stings.wav


(http://www.vfxhq.com/1997/stills/men/men-wings2.gif)


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Karen on March 13, 2008, 09:18:03 PM
There are a few small feather worms in my live rock....but none in the temperate tank.


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Aquaseafoam on March 14, 2008, 05:33:26 PM
Thanks for the update!
I am so jealous and so wish I lived near the ocean :(


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Gypers on March 14, 2008, 11:51:12 PM
Still waiting on that night time pic of it glowing........


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: aquagirl900 on March 15, 2008, 12:23:29 AM
yup me too


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Karen on March 15, 2008, 07:29:52 AM
I have tried.  It flashes for 2-3 seconds rather than light up and stay lit.... timing it is no small task.  It would have to be done as a video, and as a video the resolution is so poor that you can't see the "see through" little blob.  Also the way to make it light up is to poke it or swirl its water, so now I am trying to get the camera to focus on a see through moving item.  I took the picture I have by focusing the camera on a chopstick I had stuck in the water next to the jelly, then removing the chop stick.  I can't focus the camera on something moving and not know where it will be when the shutter goes.  The camera simply can't focus on something it can't detect.

The only camera I have is more designed for taking mountain scenery pictures than it will ever be for taking close ups....


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: turtletoes on March 15, 2008, 02:26:26 PM
How did the little guy get into the bucket?? Do you collect sea water to do water changes on your tank?? i'm confused but excited for you!! :) I just saw some sort of jelly fish at one of our LFS the other day. They had it in a 10g nanoreef tank. It is about the size of a tennis ball cut in half. I've never seen a jelly fish in a tank anywhere outside of a large aquarium like the GA aquarium or some other public aquarium that has all kinds of differen creatures in it......thats too cool. Still, where did it come from??
~Lori


Title: Re: comb jellie/ ctenophore
Post by: Karen on March 15, 2008, 05:40:56 PM
Itucker0....this wandered WAY off topic with some good questions so I started a new thread with them in the "alternative set ups " section.  Find your questions and answers there in a thread called "salt water source."