Live Copepods




Live Copepods

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Live copepods are a preferred food source for a good many fishes and invertebrates.

Adding copepods to your aquarium will help corals enormously as they expand their feeding tentacles out at night. Mandarin fish, wrasses & scooter blennies will be plump as they are always on the prowl for the next bite. Nuisance microalgae will be under tight control. There will be a significant reduction in the accumulation of detritus. Live rock and sand will have an overall cleaner appearance.

Copepods can be found in virtually every natural marine ecosystem. And, their impact on these ecosystems is generally quite strong. By feeding on the particulate organic matter, protozoans and (especially) microalgae—and then, in turn, being consumed by higher animals such as fish and corals—copepods facilitate the transfer of food energy from lower to higher levels of the food chain.

And copepods are not just naturally abundant; they have a very impressive food value. They have a high protein content (44-52%). They are rich in colour-enhancing pigments (e.g. astaxanthin). Though the specific content of fatty acids relates directly to the amount/types of algae in their diet, pods tend to be a very rich source of HUFAs. They even contain enzymes that can greatly promote digestion for those animals that eat them. Moreover, their exoskeletons provide an important source of dietary roughage. 

Our live copepods are shipped in a clear pouch which contains 50% liquid/copepods & 50% oxygen for shipping purposes.

For more information about Live Copepods then please have a look at our FAQ sheet by clicking here.

How To Feed?

We ship our copepods in plastic pouches with a removable screw lid.

A pouch is a sealed plastic wallet that contains your live food and fits through your letterbox. Pouches are ideal if you are not going to be home when the postman arrives.g.

To add them to your system, simply pour the pouch directly into the aquarium on the day of delivery. Please note - If you order for example 250ml copepods then we may ship them in 200ml of water, however, the volume of copepods are not reduced for that pack size.

You can use a copepod sieve which is available as an option above if you require one. If a refugium is present, it may be best to add at least some of the copepods to the refugium where they will not be eaten.

If no refugium is present, you may add all of the copepods directly to the sump (consider shutting off the protein skimmer for a time if one is present). If the system does not have a refugium or a sump, consider adding at least some of the copepods when the aquarium lights are off on the day of delivery.

We do not recommend storing live copepods once they arrive and do not guarantee the live foods after the delivery date. (Live copepods should be decanted on the day of delivery).

Which Species Do You Stock?  

We stock Harpacticoids copepods (Tigriopus Californicus)

They are substrate-dwelling copepods (“benthic" copepods). They feed on microalgae, detritus and even flake fish food. Some harpacticoids are cannibalistic and will eat other copepods if no other food source is present in the aquarium.

How Do I Culture Them?

If you would like to culture Live Copepods then please click here for culturing guide.

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