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AlgaGen LLC

AlgaGen ReefPODS Tisbe Live Aquacultured Copepods 8oz

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ReefPODS™ may be used as a starter culture to add to marine aquarium refugiums or the main tank and feed off your aquarium’s waste, detritus, or macro-algae.  They are the only truly tropical live copepod culture available on the market today of harpacticoid copepod tisbe biminiensis.

Tisbe adult copepods live on bottom substrate such as live rock or sand, where they make great food for bottom feeding fish such as gobies, dragonettes and blennies.  Adult copepod size range from 0.70 -1.0 mm and can be harvested for feeding juvenile seahorses and other small fish.  An established colony produces small nauplii (offspring).

The nauplii are 55-140 micrometers wide, making them suitable for many fish larvae or filter feeders, and thrive in a wide range of aquarium temperatures and salinities

ReefPODS™ Tisbe may be cultured separately in a small tank by feeding PhycoPure™ CopePod Blend™. 

Life stages:

  • Egg: Eggs are deposited in an egg sac attached to female genital segment which range from 10 to 70 eggs per egg sac
  • Nauplii: This is the first larval stage form of many crustaceans, where their bodies do not have formed segments
  • Copepodid: This stage is the free-swimming stage of the larvae start forming their skeletal structure
  • Adult: The copepods are fully developed and will reproduce the next generation 


Specifications: Use: Culture preferences:
  • Stocking densities: 0.25-1.5/mL
  • Adult Length 0.7 – 1.0 mm
  • Nauplii to egg producing age: 9-12 days
  • Life span: 15-20 days 
  • Stock into refugium for tank hygiene control and for background live feeds
  • Lights should be off, so they are not preyed upon immediately 

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 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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Can this product be used in freshwater tank
75 gal. Red Sea
Asked : May 16, 2017
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This product would only be usable in Saltwater with the salinity between 20-35 ppt.
Answered : May 17, 2017
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Do you ship with weather is cold with live copepods?
Wondering if weather will keep you from shipping live foods
Asked : Feb 02, 2017
By : PJM, Parma HTS, ohio
 
 
 
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Algagen products are shipped directly from the manufacturer. Weather has not been a major issue in the past. Please be mindful if you are experiencing extreme weather conditions. These products are very sensitive to extreme weather conditions.
Answered : Feb 02, 2017
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Many active pods, great packing, packed with phyto too
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Really helped kick start my pod population so I could have a dragonet bag came packed in a styrofoam box with a foil bag and a heat pack many active pods
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Used to seed new tank
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Good Idea for seeding new tanks and sumps
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wish they were sent with larger heat pack, these arrived cold and I'm not sure if they've survived
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I bought these to seed the back of my new AIO tank, arrived separate from supplier, heat pack cold, bag also cold, we'll wait and see if they survived
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Reasonable Price
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Very few copepods.
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Was not what I expected. I thought it would contain more copepods.
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not many pods
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very few copepods
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the bottle i got looked like it just contained water.
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Terrific pods that exploded in numbers quickly
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Excellent product for the price
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I bought the 8oz Tisbe pods for my 75 gallon tank and fuge setup and once it was lights out time I added 1/3 of the bag to the display tank and then the rest along with the piece of chaeto in the bag and then rinsed it out several times in he fuge. Within a week now I have them all over my fuge and ...Read More
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Copepods

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Very easy instant gradification copepod colony!
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This stuff is great! Added two bottles to my 135 gallon. It has been 5 days and see the critters all over the tank glass moving around by the hundreds.
Highly reccomend to get copepod colony established.
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Great addition to sump

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A good addition to sumps or food for your fishes
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Cannot keep them in the bottle very long
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Quick shipping and arrived safely. I could see the little buggers happily swimming around in the bottle.
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