AlgaGen ReefPods Acartia Live Aquacultured Copepods - 8oz

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ReefPods™ are the only truly tropical live copepod culture available on the market today.

ReefPods™ Acartia, an elegant pod, are an excellent all purpose food: Great for seahorses, corals and other sessile invertebrates, and many larval fish.

Medium-small calanoid copepod
Adult Length 1.0 – 1.2 mm
ReefPods™ Acartia is a live culture of the calanoid copepod Acartia tonsa. Acartia live and feed in the water column and will eat suspended detritus and microalage. They produce a small nauplii which is an excellent food for aquarium filter feeders and fish larvae. The adults are eaten by numerous plankton feeding fish.

ReefPods™ Acartia may be used as a starter culture to establish populations in marine aquarium refugiums or the main tank when PhycoPure™ CopePod Blend™ is added as directed. Once established they will reproduce quickly, growing from nauplii to adults in about 12 days. They will thrive in normal aquarium temperatures and a wide range of salinities. It is suggested they be added to the aquarium at night to avoid immediate fish predation.

ReefPods™ Acartia may be cultured separately in a small tank by feeding PhycoPure™ CopePod Blend™. The nauplii are smaller than 65 microns, making them suitable for many fish larvae. Adults may be harvested for feeding juvenile seahorses and other small fish.

Reef Pods™ are the only truly tropical live copepod cultures available on the market today. It opens an exciting new area of feeding possibilities for the experimental marine aquarist. Look for many new species of copepod cultures to be available from the culture professionals at AlgaGen.

Biology of Arcatia tonsa 

  • Small calanoid copepod
  • Lives in the water column
  • Life stages: Egg (1), Nauplii (6), Copepodid (5), Adult (1)
  • Adults 1.0-1.2 mm length
  • Nauplii 65-120 micrometers wide
  • Life Span 20-25 days
  • Nauplii to egg producing age 9-12 days
  • Feed nauplii to small to medium fish larvae
  • Culture preferences
    • Temperature 24-27C
    • Salinity 20-30 ppt
    • Use light aeration
    • Stocking density <1/ml
    • Feed PhycoPure™ CopePod Blend™
Aquarium Applications
Acartia tonsa is very useful in ornamental aquaculture for feeding larval fish and crustaceans, seahorses and invertebrates such as corals. It is recommended that a separate culture be maintained from which to collect nauplii for adding directly to aquariums or to tanks of larval fish or crustaceans. Acartia’s nutritional profile makes it ideal for feeding both photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic corals. It has wide ranging potential in developing techniques for breeding many ornamental species that cannot be raised with rotifers.

Culture Tips
Acartia is an opportunist planktivore. Consumption of colloidal particles, detritus, microalgae and zooplankton has been documented. Acartia is one of the easier calanoid copepods to culture, but it should be cultured in low densities to reduce canabilism of the nauplii by the adults. Highest egg production will occur when cultures are fed nutritious microalgae. When feeding Acartia live microalgae, such as Phycopure™ CopePod Blend™, only small amounts should be added at a time to ensure the food is consumed prior to the subsequent feeding. Amounts can be adjusted on subsequent feedings based on the apparent amount remaining in the culture. Clarity of the water is a useful indication of food consumption. Acartia can be cultured effectively in containers as small as one gallon and only require mild aeration. It is suggested that culture containers be cleaned periodically and water renewed to maintain proper water parameters. Acartia can be cultured at salinities ranging from 12-45ppt and temperatures from 18-30C, but optimal culture performance will occur at 18-28ppt and 23-27C.

Acclimation Upon Receipt
Acartia tolerates a wide range of temperatures and salinities but it is recommended that water-parameter acclimation at a rate of 6ppt salinity per day or 5C per day be performed if aquarium salinities or temperatures differ by 10ppt or 10C. It is important to feed Acartia during the acclimation period. Healthy Acartia can be added directly to the main aquarium or the fish or invertebrate culture tank if the intent is only to feed the Acartia as a one-time food.


Manufacturer Info

AlgaGen LLC
AlgaGen was formed in 2002 with the goal of deriving products from plankton to benefit human and animal health. Early on, our passion for the aquarium hobby led us to ascertain that there was a need in aquaculture and marine ornamental market for a consistent supply of high quality live plankton cultures for breeding and feeding efforts. We decided to step up to the plate.

We are a small company comprised of only 8 people. We are just the right mix of academic and commercial experiences with a real understanding of how important quality is with regards to this stage of the food chain. We have an experience set that spans greater than 30 years producing phytoplankton and zooplankton for hatcheries, scientific institutions and public aquariums where quality and attention to detail is critical.

AlgaGen is a world leader in the production of copepods and phytoplankton. Our products have been utilized in countless novel species development projects such as leafy sea dragons, lookdowns, sea horses, palometa, mandarins, angels, tangs, snook, tuna, cod, sturgeon in addition to various coral and jellyfish propagation projects.

We Practice Sustainability! We grow products that are not only good for your marine life, they are good for the environment! Microalgae consumes carbon dioxide (CO2) and in turn produces oxygen (O2). We recycle! The phytoplankton we culture feeds the copepods and the wastewater from the copepods feed other production systems. It is considerably more cost effective to grow PhytoPlankton and CopePods than it is to harvest them from the wild. We use less fossil fuels to grow plankton than are used to run a boat…. less pollution too!

Our Products are Safe for your System! AlgaGen products are safer to use than wild harvested - no pathogenic bacteria, no parasitic organisms, no related fish diseases. We maintain strict protocols to insure our products are free of pathogens and we test them on a continual basis. When you use an AlgaGen product, you are getting a product with uncompromised quality and value, produced in a controlled laboratory setting.

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