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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.

* Please note: AlgaGen ReefPods Tisbe live Aquacultured Copepods ship via 2 day service. Orders must be received before 11am EST on Wednesdays to ship the same week, or they will ship the following Monday.

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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Pods everywhere

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 11/18/2014 from LAKE IN THE HILLS, IL UNITED S
4.5 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I purchased the Tisbe pods at a fish show direct from the manufacturer. I add them to my sump/fuge and two weeks later I have pods all over the sump and my tank glass. Before adding them I had almost none since I started with dry rock. Great product.

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AlgaGen ReefPods Tisbe Live Aq

Reviewers Rating Unsatisfactory

Posted: 6/16/2014 from COCOA, FL UNITED STATES
1.0 5
Experience Level: Beginner

Comments: Not sure if they arrived alive or dead? The package was pretty warm on delivery and the ice pack was melted and warm in the Styrofoam box. the contents in the bottle was clear, and I could not see anything in the bottle that would resemble anything alive. And I cannot see anything in the sand or the refugium that would indicate any micro ecosystem thriving. It would be nice to know if I had done any good to my system. I have to give it a low rating just because I can't tell if the Copepods were alive, the package should not have been so warm when it got here.

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Reef Pods Work!

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 5/29/2014 from REDONDO BEACH, CA UNITED STATE
4.5 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I love this product, after pouring into my tank a couple of Reefpods I am now seeing great growth of copepods in my reeftank! My dragonets are fat and happy and that makes me happy!

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Quality and Quantity

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 4/23/2014 from Lansing, MI UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: I purchased this product as a starter culture of tisbe pods for my ocean box. I want a dragonett but with research, it was out of the question unless I started raising tisbe pods. So this is what I have done. The tisbe pods came in a clear 8oz bottle, not the bag as shown. There was a clear sign of life as I could see numerous pods swimming about, not a shit ton of them but a good amount to me. I started the culture by feeding the pods live phytoplankton which I purchased from a reliable seller on eBay. After the first 3 days with food and air circulation, I've noticed that there are a few hundred pods swimming about with LOTS of females swimming with egg sacks. I am quite pleased with the quality of these pods and how many I received in 8oz of water.

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clean product

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

Reviewers Rating Average

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

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

Reviewers Rating Unsatisfactory

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

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 6/24/2013 from SUISUN CITY, CA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
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

Reviewers Rating Great

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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