Copepods are a necessary live fish food for corals and fish in the reef tank aquarium.
Copepods in all different sizes and types of Copepods for all your fish food needs.
Copepods are true sub tropical saltwater copepod species. Species we culture: Acartia, Parvo, Pseudo, Tisbe, Apocyclops. We also culture Tigger Copepods (Tigriopus californicus) adapted to tropical temperatures here in our Florida nursery.
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Copepods provide many benefits for saltwater tanks, they work in many different capacities in the aquarium.
Copepods are a Micro cleanup maintenance crew, copepods break down the next size detritus from snails and hermit crabs.(some of the types of copepods we raise are detrivors as well as herbivorous)
Copepods are live food for those animals like seahorses, mandarins, etc that seem to need small live prey to acclimate to our enclosed aquarium systems.
Copepods are prey for all kinds of species currently being cultured and new ones yet cracked that need small nutritious live zooplankton in the first stages of their planktonic existence.
Copepods are a necessary food for night time feeding non photo synthetic corals like sun corals that feed on live zooplankton when the lights are off. A large percentage of our captive corals need copepods to survive as a supplement diet, besides light.
Copepods are important live food for all kinds of other filter feeders like clams, scallops, feather dusters, sponges, etc will appreciate having these to balance out their diet.
Copepods have many different life stages and sizes to add size variety to the enclosed ecosystem.
Copepods are a continuous reproducing source of live food for aquarium animals.
Copepods can be used to target feed previously hard to keep types of corals like gonoporia.
Zooplankton like Copepods have important nutritional value needed by many of our captive animals.
Copepods will establish a continuous breeding population in the aquarium.
Copepods are essential in maintaining a modern marine aquarium or Whole Life Cycle Aquarium. Wwe are constantly striving to imitate the conditions found in the wild reef systems of the ocean. Until recently not too much attention has been given to the role that Copepods play in the wild ecosystem of the reefs.
Do to the hours that aquaculture hobbyist spend looking at and caring for our captive reefs we have been noticing the reactions of our corals and fish and other inverts when we introduce live Copepods.
It is becoming apparent that an essential part of this ecosystem is many different copepod types. While diving at night on a reef you can see all this zooplankton rising and swimming in the water column and all the filter feeders and corals feeding. A large portion of this zooplankton is comprised of copepods.
So the next question is: How do we replicate this in our home aquariums?
Some suggestions are; To use less mechanical filtration, so the Copepods can circulate throughout the system. Deep sand beds. Feeding or dosing Phytoplankton (micro algae), To sustain breeding populations of Copepods. For a continuous supply of live food.
Live Copepods will benefit the captive care and well being of many previously hard to keep species that live on the reef, like clams, gorgonians, SPS and LPS corals of all types, Mandarins, Seahorses, Pipefish, Dragonet’s, just to name a few.
Copepod culturing Basics:
Copepods are relatively easy to culture in the short term, or batch cultures. Continuous long term culturing requires some deeper knowledge and practice and hours of dedication on a daily basis to succeed.Follow the instructions that will be included with your order. We are always available to answer any questions online.
Copepods can be either seeded in your tank to try to establish a breeding colony in your system or cultured in a separate container, then sieved out once a week and used as feed.
Note For Fish Larva- Culture:
Copepods full grown and juveniles have a potential for use as first and secondary feed in raising fish fry and larvae. Since copepods have different life stages and swimming/ movement patterns. Fish larvae have a memory instinct that they are born with, in the critical first few days from hatching, larvae will seek certain colors and movement, (maybe smell) in the prey they will hunt and eat. It is not until days later that aqua culturist are able to train the fish fry to eat foods that are different than their natural instinct tells them.
We culture two types of copepods:
Calanoid (free swimming, Planktonic) Spend most of their life in the water column.
Harpacticoid( Bottom dwelling or Benthic) Spend their time walking in and on substrate.
One cladoceran:Moina Salina( saltwater flea).
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