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5280 Pods - 5280+ Live Three Species Copepods 16 oz Mix (Tiger + Tisbe + Apocyclops) - Algae Barn


Item #: AB9356

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***7/06/2021 SHIPPING UPDATE*** Algae Barn is upgrading their Phyto systems and is currently experiencing a short delay in shipping. Orders will now take 1-2 weeks to ship after purchase. Thank you.

5280 Pods are great for seeding new tanks and refugiums, boosting existing populations, or feeding finicky fish & inverts such as Mandarins, Seahorses, Anthias, Wrasses, SPS, LPS & NPS Corals, Clams, and most other filter-feeding inverts.

5280 Pods blends three species of copepods, the Tigriopus Californicus, Tisbe Biminiensis, and Apocyclops Panamensis with each 16oz portion containing up to 5280+ LIVE pods from juvenile to adult sizes. This mix of pods are 100% viable to reproduce in marine aquaria. To ensure that your pods stay healthy OceanMagik LIVE Phytoplankton Blend is recommended to supplement their diet.

Tigriopus Californicus

AKA Tiger Pods, as the name suggests, are found along the California coastline, and in tidepools or intertidal habitats all along the North American Pacific Coast. Due to their natural habitats, Tiger Pods can thrive under various conditions of salinity and temperature.

The Tiger Pods large size, colors and quick movements make them a more attractive species for fish to prey on. They are packed with omega-3 fatty and amino acids making them a nutritious meal. One female can lay hundreds of eggs during their life cycle, where the young add to the "cleanup crew" to then eventually become part of the food chain.

Tisbe Biminiensis

Also known as Tisbe Pods for short, are found along the coast of Brazil in sandy beach, and shallow environments. They can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, oxygen and salinity. In the aquarium, they tend to stay in the cracks and crevasses of the aquascape and macroalgae, adding to the "cleanup crew".

Tisbes reproduce quickly, where their young become a great food source for filter feeding inhabitants and fish larvae in the saltwater system. The adults also have a jerk-like swimming motion which triggers feeding response of many fish.

Apocyclops Panamensis

Otherwise known as Apocalypse Pods, are a hardy copepod found in marine and brackish environments. Adults tend to stay in the substrate of the aquarium, where as the young tend to be free-floating (planktonic).

As a live food, they are high in amino acid and protein content. They also have a high in astaxanthin, which has been known to brighten and enhance the colors of fish and coral. Their fast reproduction rate of 4-6 days, providing a sustainable, nutritious food source.

Benefits to Adding Copepods:

  1. Seed Your Aquarium
    • Copepods are an essential component of the flora and fauna.
  2. Clean Your Tank
    • As copepods mature, they will change in shape and size making them excellent scavengers for the aquarium - they fit in all of the hard to reach areas.
  3. Feed Finicky Fish
    • Each jar contains a range of juvenile to adult pods. Due to their size, adults are consumed quickly, while the younger population can reproduce, establish and sustain their numbers in your saltwater system.

Sizing Guide for Pods & Phytoplankton

Tank Volume Monthly Quantity
(0 - 50 Gallons)
16 oz. Pods & Phyto
(51 - 100 Gallons)
32 oz. Pods & Phyto
(101 - 150 Gallons)
48 oz. Pods & Phyto
(151 - 200 Gallons)
64 oz. Pods & Phyto

Manufacturer information

We think the best way to inspire people to protect our oceans is to help them observe, understand and learn from the magnificent creatures that inhabit them. That’s why at Algaebarn we produce premium aquacultured marine organisms that are sustainable and eco-friendly. By providing quality live foods backed by scientific research, we aspire to improve the general health and longevity of ornamental fish. One day we hope to see all marine aquariums filled entirely with aquacultured organisms, thus reducing our hobby’s impact on natural marine environments. The best way to make that vision a reality is to start with the building blocks of all marine ecosystems; Zooplankton and Phytoplankton. We grow all of our premium Copepods and Phytoplankton at the base of the Rocky Mountains in our state of the art 2,000sqft aquaculture facility. As hobbyists ourselves we understand the importance of knowing what goes into your aquarium. That’s why we run all of our water through a twelve stage RODI system before mixing in InstantOcean synthetic sea salt. There are no fish or copper parts anywhere in our facility so you never have to worry about introducing anything unwanted into your aquarium. We only sell premium live Copepods & nutritious Phytoplankton with no harmful chemicals or preservatives.

3 Stars


Reviewed on
September 23, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

Same price, better shipping

Pros: Great Price, Great food item

Cons: No amphipods available

I bought this product from Marinedepot instead of from the manufacturer because the price is the same and I was able to get better shipping rates. Also, Pods are one of the most important parts of the Clean Up Crew!

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Reviewed on
August 06, 2020

No, I would not recommend this.

Not Impressed

Pros: Nice container

Cons: I paid for pods, not the container. Not enough live pods

Disappointed in the minuscule amount of live pods. Probably won’t buy again.

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Reviewed on
May 18, 2020

No, I would not recommend this.


Cons: arrived dead. Bad customer service

Pods came dead (DOA). Algae Barn Customer service from is trash. Absolute waste of money. Buy them from your lfs or cultivate your own

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Reviewed on
May 16, 2020

No, I would not recommend this.

Hundreds maybe

Cons: Description of product is inaccurate.

I purchased this to establish a couple of my aquariums with pods, but there are hardly any in the half full jar of water. I strained them through a plankton sieve and rinsed them down onto a dish with a few drops of water. Looking at them in a microscope I did a count and came up with less than 10% of what is advertised as 5280. Buyer beware.

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