ReefPods™ Pseudodiaptomus – an excellent all purpose pod that will populate your tank and refugium and is an excellent food for larval fish, seahorses, sessile invertebrates, and small reef fish. Also, it is exciting to observe mated pairs clinging to the aquarium glass.
ReefPods™ Pseudodiaptomus is a live culture of the calanoid copepod Pseudodiaptomus pelagicus. Pseudodiaptoms adult copepods live and feed in the water column and will eat microalgae. They produce a small to medium nauplii which is an excellent food for aquarium filter feeders and fish larvae. The adults are eaten by numerous water-column feeding fish such as clowns, dwarf angels, anthias and seahorses, to name just a few.
ReefPods™ Pseudodiaptomus may be used as a starter culture to establish populations in marine aquarium refugiums or the main tank when PhycoPure™ CopePod Blend™ is added as directed. Once established they will reproduce quickly, growing from nauplii to adults in about 12 days. They are sub-tropical and will thrive in normal aquarium temperatures and a wide range of salinities. It is suggested they be added to the aquarium at night or to the refugium to avoid immediate fish predation.
ReefPods™ Pseudodiaptomus may be cultured separately in a small tank by feeding PhycoPure™ CopePod Blend™. The nauplii are smaller than 160 micrometers wide, making them suitable for many fish larvae. Adults may be harvested for feeding juvenile seahorses and other small fish.
Reef Pods™ are the only truly tropical live copepod cultures available on the market today. It opens an exciting new area of feeding possibilities for the experimental marine aquarist. Look for many new species of copepod cultures to be available from the culture professionals at AlgaGen.