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AlgaGen ReefPods Tisbe Live Aquacultured Copepods

AlgaGen ReefPods Tisbe Live Aquacultured Copepods

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AlgaGen ReefPods Tisbe Live Aquacultured Copepods Information




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

ReefPods™ Tisbe the most popular aquarium Pod -they consumes your aquarium’s wastes and detritus, reproduce well, and are food for a multitude of reef inhabitants!

Small harpacticoid copepod

Adult Length 0.7 – 1.0 mm

ReefPods™ Tisbe is a live culture of the harpacticoid copepod Tisbe biminiensis. Tisbe adult copepods live on bottom substrate such as live rock or sand and will eat detritus and microalage in the aquarium. They produce a small nauplii which is an excellent food for aquarium filter feeders and fish larvae. The adults are eaten by small bottom feeding fish such as gobies, dragonettes and blennies.

ReefPods™ Tisbe may be used as a starter culture to add to marine aquarium refugiums or the main tank. Once established they will reproduce quickly, growing from nauplii to adults in about nine days. They will thrive in a wide range of aquarium temperatures and a wide range of salinities. It is suggested they be added to the aquarium at night or to the refugium to avoid immediate fish predation.

ReefPods™ Tisbe may be cultured separately in a small tank by feeding PhycoPure™ CopePod Blend™. The nauplii are 55-140 micrometers wide, 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 Tisbe biminiensis

  • Small harpacticoid copepod
  • Lives on surfaces and swims in water column
  • Life stages: Egg (1), Nauplii (6), Copepodid (5), Adult (1)
  • Reproduction: sexual
  • Eggs are deposited in an egg sac attached to female genital segment
  • 10-70 eggs per egg sac
  • Nauplii width: 55-140 m wide
  • Adult length:0.70 -1.0 mm
  • Nauplii to egg producing age: 9-12 days
  • Life span: 15-20 days
  • Stocking densities: 0.25-1.5/mL
  • Stock into refugium for tank hygiene control and for background live feeds
  • Culture preferences
    • Lite to medium aeration
    • Temp 22-30C
    • Salinity 20-35ppt
    • Feed PhycoPure™ CopePod Blend™
Aquarium Applications
Tisbe is an excellent all purpose aquarium copepod owing to its role in the natural environment as a detritivore. An opportunist feeder, Tisbe can be used as a tank cleaner consuming uneaten food and wastes as well as phytoplankton in the tank and refugium. Tisbe is capable of producing many eggs during its adult life span that hatch into nauplii which will enter the water column as food for your filter feeding reef inhabitants and replenish the adult population vital to tank hygiene. Tisbe adults and juveniles may also enter the water column and be tasty and nutritious treats for your reef fish!

Culturing tips
Tisbe can be cultured in containers as small as one gallon. Tisbe are tolerant to a wide range of water quality, which requires culture containers to be cleaned no more than once per week when the copepods are not overfed. Tisbe can be cultured continuously for months in an ecologically established low-density culture similar to an aquarium refugium when small amounts of live microalgae are added periodically. When high densities and maximum egg production are desired, live microalgae should be fed at a rate sufficient to be “cleared” within 18-24 hours.

Acclimation upon receipt
Upon receipt of your Tisbe starter culture, open the bottle and smell the culture water. It will be normal to smell a sweet salt smell or even a slightly earthy smell. It will not be normal to smell rotten eggs. Do not use your copepods if a rotten odor is detected. Tisbe tolerates a wide range of temperatures and salinities and doesn’t usually require water-parameter acclimation. Healthy Tisbe can be added directly to the main aquarium, sump, refugium or culture containers.




Manufacturer Info

AlgaGen LLC
AlgaGen LLC is a biotechnology company utilizing microalgae to develop new products for the human health, animal feed additives, aquaculture and aquarium industries. One of our goals is to utilize our product development capabilities and unique manufacturing technologies as a platform to produce, and commercialize, anyone of a number of high value proteins and fine chemicals pertinent to our target markets.

AlgaGen ReefPods Tisbe Live Aquacultured Copepods Reviews



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clean product

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Reviewers Rating Excellent!


Posted: 9/19/2013 from SAN DIEGO, CA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert


Comments: You can find pods for sale anywhere but these are species specific and clean. Meaning they are not raised in buckets with other species and protozoas and bacterias that you dont want in your tank. Expensive? Not for a safe clean product for your tank.


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Seems like more water than pod

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Posted: 8/19/2013 from SF, CA
2.5 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: I love algagen's tisbe reefpods, however the bottle i received was mostly water as I've look at it. I ordered the 8oz and I barely saw 10 pods in, maybe the others are still eggs but what are the chances of them hatching with the water flow and other critters in the tank I bet they wont last that long to hatch. I wish they would revert to their old container with greenish water---just like the one pictured here, it had more pods(around 20-30 mature ones) than this recent one. Overall, the price i paid for this item wasn't worth it, but love how it was packaged though.


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AlgaGen ReefPods Tisbe Live

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Reviewers Rating Unsatisfactory


Posted: 8/6/2013 from Casper, WY UNITED STATES
1.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: There were hardly any actual Tisbe in the culture. I have ordered them from other sources and knew what I was looking for. They just were not there. :( Tisbe in themselves are a great copepod for all marine fish. My Mandarin Dragonet especially loves them. Shelley


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AlgaGen ReefPods Tisbe Live Aq

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Posted: 7/5/2013 from SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA UNITED
1.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: I created the environment for the pods and I have not seen any new changes in the my pod tank.Unlikely I did anything different and pretty dissatisfied.I was tempted to give it one more go but decided against it since I have amphipods growing like mad in my foam sponge in the rear of my nano tank.overall dissatisfied


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tisbe copepods

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Reviewers Rating Excellent!


Posted: 6/24/2013 from SUISUN CITY, CA UNITED STATES
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Experience Level: Beginner


Comments: I was really surprise when I receive it mail that the copepods were alive as I'm just a beginner to saltwater aquariums. I had bought a mandarin dragonette not knowing that they are picky eater. So I went out to a local aquarium store and bought some copepods but all they had was tiger copepods and the dude that the store said that I could use them to feed mandarins. Gone home and realize that they were all dead cause they had it stored in a refrigerator. From now on if I need any copepods I'm gonna order them online.


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Slow to grow but good to have

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Posted: 5/27/2013 from Alameda, CA UNITED STATES
4.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: I have bought the Tsibe copepods from Marine Depot a number of times. The shelf life is listed as one month, and I generally find they were bottled 3 weeks before. So, not expired, but not exactly fresh. Why is this important? Most of the time the bottle (which doesn't look like the image shown) looks empty. I've even studied them with a magnifying glass. Nada. However, if you put dump the contents in a separate container of salt water with a bit of air slowly bubbling through it and some copepod food, you'll see them show up in about 3-4 weeks. So, it is important to understand you will get very few, if any, adults. You are mostly getting eggs. They won't work as immediate food for hungry fish. For that, you are better off with the adults bottled by Reef Nutrition or someone else. However, the advantage of this species is that they eat detritus and are more likely to be able to establish themselves successfully in an aquarium or refugium at tropical temperatures. Many other species only breed at lower temperatures (some below 65 degrees). So, if you want a population that has a better chance of maintaining itself, this is it.


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Just not there!!

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Posted: 4/16/2013 from DUXBURY, MA UNITED STATES
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Experience Level: Expert


Comments: When I got this 16 oz bottle of live copepods, I studied the bottle with two different power magnifiers, I could see seditment in the water , One adult and two young ones thats after an hour of looking!! The bottle looked clear with a little sediment on the bottom ,not green with phylol like shown in picture, I called and the man said they were mostly eggs, I said ,then why did the bottle say Live copepods? I ordered over 10,000 copepods and amfipods on a different site, I tried here,and now back to my old site, I would not buy again!!!


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Did I get water only?

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Posted: 4/2/2013 from Hillsborough, NJ UNITED STATES
2.0 5
Experience Level: Beginner


Comments: I know pods are very small, so it looked like I bought a container of water, with part of it in the leaked into the bag. I guess I need to wait a few more days to see if any pods mature.


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its o.k.

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Posted: 3/20/2013 from FALLBROOK, CA UNITED STATES
3.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: Have not seen any yet, its only been a week. I think my clowns ate them. Make sure too turn all power heads and pump off for at least an hour. I will try it one more time in a few weeks.


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Fantastic

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Posted: 7/8/2012 from Gilroy, CA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: Purchased two 8oz to give them a try. What an awesome product. There were only a few moving in the container when they arrived but I added them to my Fuge and within three days they were everywhere! The best part is that with each hatching more and more arrive in my display tank carried up from the refugium from my return pump. They are quite popular with many of my tank mates. Colt coral, snails, sea slug, crabs, wrasse..etc. Make sure to turn off any pumps/filters/skimmer for a good hour so the culture can settle unless your after a one time feeding. I would recommend this product to anyone!!


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