Build Your Own Jellyfish Habitat

Build Your Own Jellyfish Habitat

Jellyfish Tank from MAKE Volume 27

Though MAKE Volume 27, which hits newsstands on July 26, is the Robots issue, like all issues of MAKE, it features a wide variety of projects. One of the major projects in Volume 27 is Alex Andon’s Jellyfish Tank. Jellyfish are hypnotic, with their translucent bodies, sweeping tentacles, and fluid motion, but they require custom tanks to prevent them from getting sucked into filtration intakes. On the pages of Volume 27, Andon, who studied biology and environmental science and is founder of Jellyfish Art, teaches you how to either convert an existing aquarium into a jellyfish habitat or how to build your own custom tank from scratch. Your choice.

Here’s the “how it works” visual breakdown:
MAKE Volume 27 Jellyfish Tank How It Works

The Jellyfish Tank is one of a few projects from the new issue that we’ve shared with you on Make: Projects, our DIY wiki. Head on over and check out the full project build. If you’re a subscriber (thanks, we love you!), you likely have your issue in hand and can turn to the project on page 82. If not, be sure to pick up Volume 27 when it hits newsstands next week.

MAKE Volume 27 Jellyfish Tank Image

Photograph of Alex Andon with the Jellyfish Tank by Garry McLeod; illustration of how the tank works by James Provost.

From the Pages of MAKE

MAKE 27MAKE Volume 27, Robots!
The robots have returned! MAKE Volume 27 features a special package with robotics projects for every age and skill level. They play music; they outwit your pets; they learn from their mistakes! In addition, we’ll show you how to build a special aquarium to keep jellyfish, create pre-Edison incandescent lighting, spy via the internet, and make a go-anywhere digital message board! All this and much, much more, in MAKE Volume 27.

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42 thoughts on “Build Your Own Jellyfish Habitat

  1. Anonymous says:

    There aren’t enough fiery, stinging neurotoxins in my life.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There aren’t enough fiery, stinging neurotoxins in my life.

  3. Robin Newberry says:

    OK, great. Where the h*ll do I get the jellyfish, though?

    1. Alex Andon says:

      Also sold online.  You can sometimes find them at your local beach, but there are usually regulations concerning collecting wild animals.

  4. Roy Jacobusse says:

    What do the jellyfish eat?

  5. Roy Jacobusse says:

    What do the jellyfish eat?

    1. JamesW says:

      Don’t fall in, that’s all I’ll say…

    2. Alex Andon says:

      Frozen plankton.  It’s sold online at Jellyfish Art.

  6. Paul Herbig says:

    I didn’t know Hugh Jackman was into Jellyfish

  7. Paul Herbig says:

    I didn’t know Hugh Jackman was into Jellyfish

  8. Alex Andon says:

    There’s also a Kickstarter campaign running right now for a Desktop Jellyfish Tank:

  9. Kenn Koek says:

    There’s no such thing as a jelly fish.  They are not fish, but sea jellies.

  10. Brooke Hicks says:

    how do i breed jellyfish, do the polyps just grow on the sides of the tank and reproduce an endless supply? what do i do?

  11. Pet Jellyfish says:

    Such a pretty creature to have as a pet. Im, wondering if we can get exotic color jellyfish instead of the plain color.

  12. Ray Budiardja says:

    Good technique by using a large exit screen & a spray bar.
    Simple but enough for a jellyfish habitat .

  13. wlyon says:

    What GPH pump would you recomend? the bulk head looks like a 2 inch one so I’m guessing one around 2400 or so.

  14. Steve says:

    Reef aquariums are much more captivating imo. But if you like seeing a lugey floating around slowly thats all good too. Cool idea to make some money off of these bountiful inverts.

  15. Luke says:

    Nice lava lamp

  16. Bakeca Incontri (@xBakeka) says:

    this would look awesome if the tank was a whole wall in my house :D

  17. Vedette says:

    I’ve always been fascinated with jellyfishes. But to my dismay, they aren’t sold locally here in ou area. What else do they eat aside from frozen plankton?

    1. Ben says:

      Baby brine shrimp can work. You can raise your own or buy frozen

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