You have found the best place to buy Live Copepods to Feed Your Fish!!
Whether you have been a hobbyist for many years or just starting out, copepods are the life blood of our water systems. From freshwater, brackish and saltwater, copepods are the LARGEST biomass on the planet. So it makes sense to have them in your saltwater aquarium. Most people only think of pods as a way to feed a hungry mandarin goby or seahorse. However consider the many important aspects of copepods and how they can be a huge benefit to your tank.
First, copepods are a carbon sink. To obtain such a title an organism must consume more carbon than it puts out. On a global scale, pods reduce carbon emissions by 1-2 billion tons annually. In your aquarium, this means copepods & amphipods are an excellent way to naturally reduce waste naturally by growing and feeding copepods to your fish rather than using a prepared food, which if it is uneaten adds to the overall waste in your tank. Copepods, if uneaten, will continue to reduce overall waste levels instead of adding to them. WIN WIN!!
Second, live pods are an essential part of the nutrition needed by your fish & corals. Copepods provide a whopping 50-55% protein. Protein, as a building block for healthy DNA/RNA production are essential in providing fish and corals to grow, thrive & reproduce.
Third, copepods are an easy way to replicate the natural environment of your fish friends. By adding diversity both as part of the clean up crew, as well as a much needed element nutritionally, copepods are the obvious choice for incorporating a healthy addition to your tank for live fish food.
Before you buy copepods for your fish, here are a few things to consider.
1. What is the appropriate home for your pods? If you have liverock in your tank, copepods & amphipods are very adapt at living in & around live rock. They complement the aerobic bacteria living on the rock nicely. If you have macro algae whether in your tank or in a refugium, coppods will thrive in that environement, as well. If you presently do not have a place for a refugium, simply adding a small amount of chaeto to your overflow area will provide a very nice natural home for your copepods. In a small tank we have, chaeto in our overflow box acts as both our protein skimmer as well as home for the pods.
2. Copepods & Amphipods reproduce every 7-10 days. Therefore, given ample hiding areas, seeding a tank can occur within a few weeks.
3. Adding pods to your tank can be done in such a way to ensue a feeding frenzy. Depending upon your goal take precautions. Adding pods with lights out, or while fish are distracted with their normal dinner, will help eliminate the feeding frenzy, giving the pods the ability to seek cover and begin the work of seeding your tank.
4. When purchasing pods from AquariumDepot.com, we offer a few options. Based upon the size of the tank you want to seed as well as the number of hungry fish, we suggest the following:
Tanks 20 - 50 gallons with 1 hungry mouth - 500 copepods and amphipods. An excellent way to begin seeding your tank. Depending upon the hiding spots within your tank, this blast of pods into your tank can begin the process nicely, provided the pods have sufficient areas to hide and reproduce.
Tanks 50 ++ gallons with 1 - 3 hungry mouths - Our 1000 copepod/amphipod packages are an excellent choice. The pods bags are brimming with pods as seen in the video below.
If you have more than 1 hungry mouth, add bags accordingly.