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AlgaGen Copepods - ReefPODS and Apocyclops: What YOU Need to Know Proper nutrition is a primary factor affecting the health and growth of corals and other filter-feeding invertebrates we keep in our aquariums. Live foods have always been viewed as the ideal food source since the nutritional balance is completely natural, fresh and like what is found in the ocean. Live marine zooplankton is the “gold standard” for SPS corals and finicky small reef fish, but maintaining viable plankton cultures is a lot of work including growing select algae to feed the zooplankton cultures. Without the proper technique, algae and zooplankton cultures can become contaminated and crash. Fortunately, AlgaGen has come to the rescue with their live cultures of Tisbe copepods.

Tisbe copepods are tropical harpacticoid crustaceans. They’re ideal for reef aquariums for two reasons. They’re the perfect size range for corals, clams and other filter feeders along with a variety of smaller reef fish including pipefish, blennies, gobies and seahorses. Tisbe copepods are also high in essential fatty acids and enzymes that boost the adsorption of nutrients and stimulate growth.

We really like that the AlgaGen ReefPODS are cultured in a lab to prevent the introduction of diseases and unwanted organisms into your reef tank.

Once in your aquarium, Tisbe copepods will graze on bacteria, algae and organic debris in the substrate and live rock. They’ll actually reproduce in your aquarium. SPS corals are especially good at capturing the tiny free-swimming nauplii. Think of them as a clean-up crew and a nutritious live food! Some aquarists add the ReefPODS to their refugium or another fishless tank to keep the culture going longer.

We like to use Tisbe copepods as one of several food sources we add to our reef aquariums. It adds variety and ensures were providing our fish and inverts with the best foods available. No matter how you use ReefPODS, you’ll see a difference in your coral’s growth and coloration.


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