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Live Apocyclops Pods


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TSA Sustainably Aquacultured Copepods 


Apocyclops panamensis  

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 (LPSSPS, 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   


Seeding Instructions

  • 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! 
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