When Rory Fox asked his dad for a jellyfish when he was a teenager, he had no idea it would turn into an unusual business.
Today, the 21-year-old sells up to 200 jellyfish a month and offers his own range of tanks.
His mum and dad, Victoria and Stephen, have had to move to a bigger house to accommodate his laboratory where he breeds them.
Rory’s idea came into being when he tried to buy his own jellyfish and found that he couldn’t. “I had the conversation with my dad and we came up with the idea to breed them. It started from there really,” said Rory, who first trained to be a plumber but decided it wasn’t for him.
“From an aquarium I first purchased five moon jellyfish because their sting is so small humans can’t feel it. Those five quickly became 10, 20, 100 to 1,000. I had no choice but to start selling them and as a result, we now ship the jellyfish internationally and the craze is really catching on.”
Rory, who has set up UK Jellyfish, sells his jellyfish at prices ranging from £15 to more than £100, reports the Chronicle Live.
He has also designed and built his own range of aquariums. He said: “Jellyfish need just the right amount of flow to keep them suspended in the water. Because of this, jellyfish can’t be kept in your standard aquarium. Tanks need to be formed so that there are no corners for them to get trapped in.”