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Jellyfish swim into the hearts of Ho Chi Minh City residents

Saturday, July 29, 2023, 14:01 GMT+7
Jellyfish swim into the hearts of Ho Chi Minh City residents
Jellyfish swim in a tank. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Dang Viet Trinh, a resident of Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City, fell in love with jellyfish after visiting an aquarium during a trip abroad in 2019.

Since then, Trinh has made it her mission to raise as many jellyfish as she can.

Her current bloom of these mystical creatures hovers at just about 400 and represents several different species.

A fried egg jellyfish at Trinh’s home. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News
A fried egg jellyfish at Trinh’s home. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Most of Trinh’s jellyfish are sourced from China and typically take two to three days to arrive at her house in Ho Chi Minh City, though many die en route.

The tanks she uses to house the jellyfish are also bought from abroad.

Once the jellyfish arrive to Trinh’s house, she lets them rest for 30-45 minutes before transfering them into under-28-degree-Celsius saltwater tanks.

Trinh checks on her jellyfish after they arrive at her home. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News
Trinh checks on her jellyfish after they arrive at her home. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

“Jellyfish seem to be the easiest saltwater pet to keep,” Trinh said.

Jellyfish eat brine shrimp and need to be fed twice a day.

Trinh feeds jellyfish with brine shrimp twice a day. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News
Trinh feeds jellyfish with brine shrimp twice a day. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Their tanks need to be cleaned twice a week. These tanks are often adorned with LEDs that help the Jellyfish to truly glow in their light.

Jellyfish swim in a tank equiped with purple light. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News
Jellyfish swim in a tank equiped with purple light. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Aside from raising jellyfish, Trinh also runs the website jellyfish.vn which she uses as a platform to sell jellyfish to other enthusiasts and offter tips on how to raise them.

Depending on the species, Jellyfish from Trinh’s shop sell for VND250,000 to 950,000 (US$1 = VND23,674).

Moon jellyfish. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News
Moon jellyfish. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

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