We're now offering the option to buy all three species of pods, individually bottled, in a single combo pack. This combo includes a 16 oz bottle of Tisbe, a 16 oz bottle of Tigriopus, and a 16 oz. bottle of Apocyclops.
Live Copepods are a fantastic way of adding biodiversity to your reef aquarium. They serve as members of your cleanup crew, eating detritus and improving water quality. In addition, their small size makes them excellent at getting into the tiniest crevices in your live rock and eating waste inaccessible to snails or crabs.
Pods are also the only food some picky fish will eat; examples include mandarins, pipefish, and some wrasses. These fish generally won't eat anything but live food, and copepods are their preferred menu item! Your corals also love to eat copepods, which helps them gain the nutrients they need to grow and maintain optimum health.
Tisbe are the smallest of the three types of copepods we stock. Tisbe pods are nocturnal, which helps protect them from predation (allowing them to build a robust, self-sustaining colony in your tank). Adults of this species prefer to live in your live rock and on your glass, eating detritus all night. Mandarins, in particular, love to eat Tisbe pods. Live copepods are a great natural reef aquarium food for your fish and corals.
Tigriopus are the largest species of copepod we offer. Because they are large and like to bounce up and down off the substrate in your tank, Tigriopus easily get the attention of the fish in your tank. Because they tend to be hunted fairly quickly, Tigriopus don't tend to reproduce as well in your tank as our other copepods. However, if you're looking to periodically give your fish and corals a tasty treat, you'll find this copepod is highly nutritious.
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There are approximately 15 ounces of liquid in each 16-ounce Reef Snacklebox™ bottle; we intentionally leave an air pocket so the animals can breathe in transit.