TSA Sustainably Aquacultured Copepods
Overarching Benefits to TSA Aquacultured Copepods
- Biologically- Active Live Feed: source of essential protein, lipids (ARA/EPA/DHA), vitamins, probiotics and enzymes.
- Small size: nauplii (10-20um) + adults (40-60um):
Can be consumed by the smallest mouth foraging fish (mandarin dragonet, scooter blenny, anthias etc.)
Can be consumed by corals (LPS, SPS, aphotosynthetic) as well
as other finicky zooplankton feeders.
- Harvested weekly and gut-loaded with lipid-rich phytoplankton
- Active consumers and recyclers of reef detritus
- Highly adaptable to reef tank conditions, will rapidly colonize refugiums
- Perfect for aquaculture and home breeding projects
- Shut of pumps, powerheads, UV sterilizers and protein skimmers 10-20 minutes prior.
- If possible, seed pods at night or when refugium/tank light is off.
- Seed pods in designated refugium space or near rockwork–this will allow them to hide and reproduce.
- Dose system with TSA phytoplankton 1-3 times a week to accelerate pod colony growth
- Macroalgae (Chaetomorpha, Gracilaria, Halymenia, Caulerpa, Ulva, Hypnea etc.) sustain and support pod populations long-term
Specific Pod Benefits: Apocyclops panamensis
- Active swimmer in open-water making it far more available to fish and filter feeders.
- Attractive “pep-pep” locomotion fish cannot refuse.
- Consumes excess ciliates, rotifers, pest algae and other nuisance microorganisms.
- Smaller size, most applicable for aquaculture projects, used to rear sensitive marine larvae.
- Capable of thriving in freshwater, brackish water and full-strength seawater (1.0263)
TSA Standard Pod Bottles (8oz)
- 100+ Adult Copepods/Nauplii
- Great for single feedings
- Suitable to seeding aquariums up to 40 Gallons
- Great for starting a home copepod culture
TSA Jumbo Pod Bottles (32oz)
- 300+ Adult Copepods/Nauplii
- More pods for less cost than buying individual 8oz bottles
- More macroalgae
- Great way to seed larger aquariums/refugiums
- Add aeration and phytoplankton to jumpstart a home copepod culture!