PLEASE BE AWARE that most of these live copepods are MICROSCOPIC IN SIZE. You may see the adults with the naked eye, but you will need a magnifying glass & a flashlight to see the juveniles & babies. Use a magnifying lens& & shine a flashlight into the water to obtain a better view. If you see little specks of “sand” or “dust” suspended, you are seeing copepods. Some may lay dormant on the bottom, while others move around.
WHEN LOOKING AT OUR POD CULTURES, YOU WILL NOTICE A BROWN YELLOWISH TINGE TO THE WATER. THIS IS NORMAL. WE PACK OUR PODS WITH 5 TYPES OF LIVE ALGAE FOR THE BEST NUTRITIONAL PROFILE.
“REEF SOUP” INSTRUCTION GUIDELINE
MAINTAIN YOUR CULTURES WITH OURPHYTOPREME
Float bag/jar in aquarium for at least ½ hr before introducing into tank. IN SEVERE COLD WEATHER or in SEVERE HOT WEATHER, YOU MAY HAVE TO ACCLIMATE FOR A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME. PODS WILL BE LETHARGIC DUE TO COLD/HOT TEMPS. COPEPODS ARE COLD BLOODED ANIMALS. THE COLD WILL CAUSE THEIR METABOLISM TO SLOW DOWN & THEY WILL LAY MOTIONLESS AS IF DEAD. IT IS IMPORTANT TO SLOWLY ACCLIMATE THEM TO INDOOR ROOM TEMP BY FLOATING JAR/BAG IN AQUARIUM FOR AN HOUR BEFORE INTRODUCING. Eventually, the Pods will slowly start to revive & start moving.
Shut off protein skimmer over night.
Shut off main pump for 1 hour.
Leave all accessory circulation pumps, power heads running.
Spread live zooplankton in aquarium and some in the sump or refugium: preferably with lights off so zooplankton has a chance to settle in & escape predation by fish.