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Amphipods occupy a key niche in the reef tank habitat food chain.
Amphipods are one of the hardiest plankton prey species and readily reproduce in the home aquarium providing individuals of differing sizes from newly born to adults for different sized fish mouths.
Amphipods are one of the dominant macrobenthic crustaceans that live on coral reef ecosystems in the world's oceans.
This makes them an important prey item for most all reef fish and other organisms like seahorses, Mandarin fish to name a few.
Many larger animals like octopus, cuttlefish,and squid spend their juvenile stages hunting and eating Amphipods from substrate and rocks on the coral reefs.
These factors make amphipods one of the major ecological components of the food web sustaining our ocean reefs.
So it stands to reason that Amphipods are a critical necessary organism to introduce and have in abundance in our reef tank aquariums.
As Amphipods mature to adults they become more benthic (like to crawl on structure), but will also swim sometimes.
Gammaridea or Gammaridean Amphipoda reef Amphipods size reference below.
Newborn naupli are in the 100- 200 micron size.
Stages of juveniles are 1 – 3 millimeter size.
Adults get up to 6 millimeter (1/4 inch) size.
Amphipods are one of the best and easiest to culture of the larger zooplankton for use as fish food.
Amphipods are a hardy survivor and very prolific breeders.
Great vacation food for Large aquarium tanks fish only, or reef tanks and refugium.
In addition to the macro algae I’ll be ordering live mysis. Their offspring are good food for the dwarves and they should help me as part of a clean-up crew, too.
I raise and enrich baby brine shrimp for the seahorses but have read that Amphipods can be bad for the dwarves since they’re rather large (as compared to other pods.
Mysid are great also. You'll have to see how long they can survive in a small tank with the horses preying on them. But you have the right idea with supplementing live brine. Adult Amphipods are too large for fish with small mouths like dwarfs and mandarin fish. But the baby amphipods and juveniles are their natural prey along with Mysid. The fact that they can't eat the the adults amphipods makes them ideal because they will keep on breeding and evade predation. Amphipods have more chance of surviving and co existing in a small tank with predators. But Mysid are also the best food for the dwarfs. Amphipods are hardier than Mysid under any circumstance.
Mysid do have to ship Fed Ex overnight. Amphipods ship Free. The website is set up that if your order totals more than $150 then we pay for overnight shipping for all of our live items on the site, Free Overnight for you. If you purchase larger quantities of Mysid on the other Mysid listing in bulk, then overnight shipping is automatically free Also, just read the description on each listing.
Amphipods are hardier than Mysid. A combination of both for a seahorse tank is the ideal situation as far as environment for the ponies. Each organism has different nutritional profile. like chicken, fish or red meat for us. Mysid need to eat more often than Amphipods also since they are more a predator than Amphipods which are detritivores and algae eaters. Mysid will eat your live brine or other zooplankton but you can also feed them non live micronized foods. Just food for thought since you want to keep the prey animals healthy and living in the tank.
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