Last year I blogged about a new prototype jellyfish aquarium from Cubic in the UK and now it is coming to the states in a matter of months via the new UK distributor Reef-Eden International.
Currently US residents only have two options for tanks specifically designed to keep jellyfish: either Jellyfish Art’s tank or Sunset Marine Labs’ aquarium. Jellyfish Arts tank is a 6-gallon mini-kreisel design whereas Sunset Marine Labs’ 10-gallon aquarium is more of your traditional boxy aquarium look but specifically designed to provide optimum flow for jellies.
Cubic’s jellyfish aquarium is also a kreisel, and features a rounded-corner rectangular system design, which gives it more of a traditional aquarium-like look but with smooth corners to keep jellies from becoming trapped in low-flow areas like traditional square-cornered aquariums.
According to Cubic and Reef-Eden International, the aquarium is made out of 10mm acrylic and measures 26″ long x 10.2″ wide x 23.6″ tall yielding a net water volume of 21 gallons. This makes it the largest of the three available jellyfish aquariums on the market and the larger water volume may help with system stability as well.
The aquarium comes with:
- builtin Biomatrix filtration which includes a removable coarse filter media tower and sponge media that is easy to replace.
- hard plumbed tank outlets ready for attachment to chillers and other devices.
- a CE-approved electrical system for lighting and filtration, which sits in its own dedicated dry compartment and incorporates water tight connectors where needed.
- a inbuilt fully functional remote controlled LED lighting system that allows the user to infinitely adjust the lighting using a range of settings yielding any color they wish. Settings includebrightness, static color, color auto transition and translation.
When someone purchases one of these aquariums, they will also receive a multi-language instructional CD which contains information about maintaining the aquarium itself in addition to information ranging from jellyfish biology, feeding, to handling advice. They will also have full access to Cubic’s jellyfish forum where other Cubic jellyfish keepers can obtain support and advice from Cubic and from other jelly keepers.
The price (subject to change) is around 807.23 euros or roughly $1039 according to Simon Garratt of Reef-Eden International.
I encourage you to follow both Cubic Aquarium Systems and Reef-Eden International on Facebook (in addition to Advanced Aquarist) to keep up-to-date on this awesome aquarium. We definitely look forward to seeing this new addition to the aquarium market when it becomes available.
Below are a couple videos from Cubic’s Youtube channel highlighting the new jellyfish aquarium, some of which are from the Aquatics Live exhibition in London a few months back: