Live Copepods




Live Copepods

Live copepods are small crustaceans that can be used as live food for saltwater aquarium fishes, corals and other invertebrates.

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

If you would like 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) which are the most commonly available copepods on the market today.

They are substrate-dwelling copepods (“benthic" copepods). They feed on micro algae, 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 They Help My Aquarium?

As well as being an excellent food source for finicky fish eaters, they are "detritivores", meaning they will scavenge leftover fish food, fish poop, and bacteria in the tank.

They can help control the water quality by eating the unused food which can eventually lead to bacteria overload in your tank.

How Do I Culture Them?

If you would like to culture Live Copepods then please click here for the copepod culturing instructions.

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