Upside Down Jelly – compatibility list!

Ever wanted to add upside down jellies to your reef? Well, here is a list of tank mates that Cassiopeia spp., the upside down jelly, has been proven to play nice with.  This list was created and is maintained by Steve Spina, Assistant Curator and jellies supervisor at New England Aquarium. The list represents actual exhibits at public aquariums and has been compiled from the AZA jellyfish listserv. Thanks to Steve for sharing the list and to the contributors on the jellyfish listserv.

Here it is:

Bluehead Wrasse     Thalassoma bifasciatum AA

Buffalo Trunkfish    Lactophrys trigonus AA

Clown Wrasse          Halichoeres maculipinna AA

Hermit Crab            Pagarus spAA

Pencil Urchin           Eucidaris tribuloides AA

Cerith snails  AA

Nassarius snails  AA

Encrusting Gorgonians AA


 

Nerite snails   TN

Cerith snails    TN

Astrea snails   TN

Yellowhead wrasse                 Halichoeres garnoti AOA

Bluehead wrasse                     Thalassoma bifasciatum AOA

Blue chromis                           Chromis cyanea AOA

Clown wrasse                          Hilichoeres maculipinna AOA

Green gorgonian                     Pterogorgia citrine AOA

Purple frilly gorgonian           Psuedoterogorgia elisabethae AOA

Yellowline arrow crab            Steorhynchus seticornis AOA

Pencil urchin                            Eucidaris tribuloides AOA

Mangrove Tree Crab            Aratus pisonii SWO

Blue Land Crab                      Cardisoma guanhumi SWO

Juvenile                                   Holocanthis sp. SWO

Juvenile                                   Pomacanthus sp.              SWO

Juvenile porkfish                    Anisotremus virginicus SWO

Sheepshead Monnows           Cyprinodon variegates SWO

Sailfin Mollies                          Poecilia latipinna SWO

Dragon Goby              Gobioides brousonetti ST

Nasarrius snails  ST

Sand-sifting Stars      Astropectin sp ST

(plans to add yellow headed sleeper gobies – Dormitator lebretonis)  ST

Green chromis                         Chromis viridis NEAq

Pajama cardinalfis                   Sphaeramia nematoptera NEAq

Bangaii Cardinalfish                Pterapogon cauderni NEAq

Bridled goby                             Coryphopterus glaucofraenum NEAq

Archerfish                                 Toxotes jaculatrix NEAq

Copperband butterflyfish       Chelmon rostratus NEAq

Yellow prawn-goby                 Cryptocentrus cinctus NEAq

Spotted prawn goby                Amblyeleotris guttata NEAq

Rough file clam                         Lima scabra NEAq

Pink sand-sifting cucumbers  Holithuria edulis NEAq

Turbo snail                                Turbo sp. NEAq

Dwarf cerianthus anemone     Cerianthus sp. NEAq

Kenyan tree coral                     Capnella sp. NEAq

Sand sifting seastars                Astropecten sp. NEAq

Recent additions from NEAq:

Amblyeleotris aurora   -              Aurora Prawn Goby

Amblygobius bynoensis  –          Spottyhead Goby

Amblygobius decussates   –       Pink Line Sleeper Goby

Amphiprion clarkia        –              Yellowtail Clownfish

Canthigaster solandri  –              Spotted Sharpnose

Chromis retrofasciata –              Black-bar Chromis

Chromis ternatensis      –              Ternate Chromis

Chrysiptera parasema –              Yellowtail Blue Devil

Fowleria isostigma        –              Redtail Cardinalfish

Kuhlia mugil                     –              Barred Flagtail

Parupeneus barberinoides    –   Bicolor Goatfish

Pterocaesio chrysozona  -          Goldband Fusilier

Pterocaesio digramma                –             Double Line Fusilier

Pterocaesio pisang        -              Ruddy Red Fusilier

Salarias ramosus           –              Starry Blenny                    

Sphaeramia orbicularis               –              Orbiculate Cardinalfish

 Archaster typicus           -              Sand Star

  Calcinus elegans             -              Blue Knuckle hermit Crab

Pentacta anceps            -              Pink and Yellow Cucumber

Pusiostoma mendicaria –            Bumblebee Snail

Stenopus cyanoscelis   –              Yellow Coral Banded Shrimp

Trizopagurus cadenti   -              Hermit Crab

Trochus sp.                       -              Pyramid Trochus snail

Imbricated Star Snail             Astrea tecta FL

King’s Crown Conch                Melongena corona FL

Three-colored Hermit Crab   Clibanarius tricolor FL

Three-row Sea Cucumber      Isostichopus badionotus FL

Yellowtail Damselfish               Microspathodon chrysurus FL

Lagoon Jelly                            Mastigias papua (Chad Widmer)

Sally lightfoot crabs                 Percnon gibbesi HMG

Red legged hermit crab           Paguristes cadenat HMG

Purple gorgonian                      Muriceopsis flavida HMG

Yellow headed jawfish             Opistognathus aurifrons HMG

Neon goby                                 Gobiosoma oceanops HMG

Four-eyed fish                          Anableps anableps HMG

Brown Striped Hermit Crab   Clibanarius vittatus Mote

Sheepshead Minnow               Cyprinidon variegatus Mote

 

Key to Institutions:

ST = Steinhart Aquarium

AA = Adventure Aquarium

TN = Tennessee Aquarium

AOA = Aquarium of the Americas

SWO = Sea World Ohio (my thanks to Pete Mohan and his prodigious memory!)

NEAq = New England Aquarium

FL =  Florida Aquarium

HMG = Horniman Museum & Gardens, London

Mote = Mote Marine Lab

Dragon Goby
Gobioides brousonetti ST
Nasarrius snails
ST
Sand-sifting Stars
Astropectin sp ST
(plans to add yellow headed sleeper gobies – Dormitator lebretonis) STBluehead Wrasse – Thalassoma bifasciatum AA
Buffalo Trunkfish – Lactophrys trigonus AA
Clown Wrasse –
Halichoeres maculipinna AA
Hermit Crab –
Pagarus sp. AA
Pencil Urchin –
Eucidaris tribuloides AA
Cerith snails
AA
Nassarius snails
AA
Encrusting Gorgonians
AA

Nerite snails TN
Cerith snails TN
Astrea snails TN

Yellowhead wrasse
Bluehead wrasse
Blue chromis
Clown wrasse
Green gorgonian
Purple frilly gorgonian
Yellowline arrow crab
Pencil urchin

Mangrove Tree Crab
Blue Land Crab
Juvenile Holocanthis sp.
Juvenile Pomacanthus sp
Juvenile porkfish
Sheepshead Monnows
Sailfin Mollies

Green chromis
Pajama cardinalfis
Bangaii Cardinalfish
Bridled goby
Archerfish
Copperband butterflyfish
Yellow prawn-goby
Spotted prawn goby
Rough file clam
Pink sand-sifting cucumbers
Turbo snail

Halichoeres garnoti AOA
Thalassoma bifasciatum AOA
Chromis cyanea AOA
Hilichoeres maculipinna AOA
Pterogorgia citrine AOA
Psuedoterogorgia elisabethae AOA
Steorhynchus seticornis AOA
Eucidaris tribuloides AOA

Aratus pisonii SWO
Cardisoma guanhumi SWO
SWO
SWO
Anisotremus virginicus – SWO
Cyprinodon variegates SWO
Poecilia latipinna SWO

Chromis viridis NEAq
Sphaeramia nematoptera NEAq
Pterapogon cauderni NEAq
Coryphopterus glaucofraenum NEAq
Toxotes jaculatrix NEAq
Chelmon rostratus NEAq
Cryptocentrus cinctus NEAq
Amblyeleotris guttata NEAq
Lima scabra NEAq
Holithuria edulis NEAq
Turbo sp. NEAq

Dwarf cerianthus anemone Cerianthus sp. NEAq
Kenyan tree coral
Capnella sp. NEAq
Sand sifting seastars Astropecten sp. NEAq

Imbricated Star Snail
King’s Crown Conch
Three-colored Hermit Crab
Three-row Sea Cucumber
Yellowtail Damselfish

Lagoon Jelly

Sally lightfoot crabs
Red legged hermit crab
Purple gorgonian
Yellow headed jawfish
Neon goby
Four-eyed fish

Brown Striped Hermit Crab Clibanarius vittatus
Sheepshead Minnow
Cyprinidon variegatus

Key to Institutions:

ST = Steinhart Aquarium
AA = Adventure Aquarium
TN = Tennessee Aquarium
AOA = Aquarium of the Americas
SWO = Sea World Ohio (my thanks to Pete Mohan and his prodigious memory!)
NEAq = New England Aquarium
FL = Florida Aquarium
HMG = Horniman Museum & Gardens, London
Mote = Mote Marine Lab

Astrea tecta FL
Melongena corona FL
Clibanarius tricolor FL
Isostichopus badionotus
Microspathodon chrysurus

Mastigias papua (Chad Widmer)

Percnon gibbesi
Paguristes cadenat
Muriceopsis flavida
Opistognathus aurifrons
Gobiosoma oceanops
Anableps anableps

About Wyatt

I am a professional jellyfish aquarist in the public aquarium industry. I have worked in marine animal husbandry since the age of 17, it was my first job. I love raising jellyfish, especially new species, and finding better ways of caring for them. Here, I hope to provide great ideas and product suggestions to help you create your own successful jellyfish displays.
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5 Responses to Upside Down Jelly – compatibility list!

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  2. Nacho says:

    Hello,

    Congratulations for your web!. I am also an ornamental fish/public aquarium worker. I only would like to tell you an error I saw in the cassiopeia tank compatibility articule, Poecilia latipinna can not be with them because is a Freshwater fish.
    Cheers,
    Nacho

    • Wyatt says:

      Hi Nacho!
      Thank you, the compatibility list was compiled by all of the public aquariums housing Cassiopeia in the United States. I believe the tank that had Poecilia in it was a brackish tank, as upside-down jellies are frequently found in brackish areas.
      Cheers,
      Wyatt

  3. jack says:

    are there any other species of clownfish that are compatible

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