Apocalypse Pods - Apocyclops Pods

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16oz Apocalypse Pods

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Seed Your New Saltwater Aquarium And Increase Pod Populations!

If you just want to boost your aquariums copepod population or help diversify the types of pods your saltwater aquarium has, adding AlgaeBarn's Apocalypse Pods will help feed your finicky fish while rapidly reproducing to a sustainable population. The medium-sized pod is readily consumed by almost any fish or coral and will help scavenge around the tank and even deep within your aquascape for detritus and other waste. Apocalypse copepods make a great addition to any clean-up crew and are commonly looked over when it comes to selecting a clean-up crew for saltwater aquarium. Since each jar of Apocalypse pods comes with a range of juvenile to adult copepods, they make the perfect scavengers for those hard to reach areas within your tank.


Four Sizes Available:

  • 16oz
  • 32oz
  • 64oz
  • 128oz

approximately 3000+ live pods per 16oz portion 


Perfect for feeding to:

  • Mandarin Dragonettes
  • Seahorses
  • Anthias
  • SPS & LPS Corals
  • Shrimp
  • Clams
  • Juvenile Fish
  • Filter Feeding Invertebrates


Copepods are an essential part of a saltwater aquatic ecosystem for many reasons and it is common to get them as hitchhikers in your home aquarium, but it can be very hard to sustain their populations. In most instances, it is the adult copepods that are transferred as a hitchhiker and will be consumed pretty quickly, where the juvenile pods are commonly found hiding in your rocks nooks and crannies and will not be consumed nearly as quickly, giving them a chance to reproduce. It is common to need to supplement a phytoplankton food source for the pods, and using Ocean Magik Live Phytoplankton will ensure they have the proper diet to survive and thrive. 


Adding Pods To Your Aquarium

Acclimating the pods to the tank is super easy and only requires matching the temperatures by floating the jar or bag in the tank for about 10 minutes. There is no need to match salinities or other elements before introducing them as they are pretty robust and will adapt quickly. They can be added directly to the display tank or a refugium and we prefer adding them at night when fish are less active allowing them to find a hiding place before being consumed. Removing any filter socks or mechanical filtration media is preferred for the first two days at a minimum. 

When we add pods to a refugium, we like to turn off the flow through the refugium for 30 minutes or so and ensure there will be a porous rock or another pod-proliferation device, like the Clear Water Pod Hotel, making it super easy to transfer pods up to the display tank from the fuge. Some reefers prefer to let the pods hang out in their chaeto algae which works great, but can be a little more difficult to harvest the pods when necessary. 


Apocyclops panamensis

These hardy copepods are slightly larger than Tisbe pods and slightly smaller than Tigriopus copepods. This intermediate size makes them a healthy live snack for your finicky fish and coral. Apocyclops copepods are extremely nutritious with a very high amino acid and protein content. Apocyclops copepods contain high amounts of Astaxanthin which can enhance and brighten the colors of your fish and coral. These warm water copepods reproduce extremely quickly by laying eggs every 4-6 days, about twice the rate of Tisbe and Tigriopus! Apocyclops copepods feed on phytoplankton, fish waste, and other detritus in your tank, making them a critical part of any clean-up crew. As juveniles, Apocyclops copepods are benthic, staying hidden in the rockwork, macroalgae, and glass in your aquarium. As Apocyclops copepods mature into adults, they lay eggs before becoming pelagic and making their way into the water column. Once in the water column, they provide a sustainable and nutritious live food source for your fish and corals.


AlgaeBarn's Alive on Arrival (AOA) Guarantee!

AlgaeBarn takes all the worry out of buying live copepods and phytoplankton online by going above and beyond to take care of their customers.

That’s why they guarantee every order we ship will be 100% Alive On Arrival or they will replace it free of charge. They will even cover the shipping on the replacement.

When your order arrives, be sure and inspect the contents to ensure everything is looking alive and well before you add them to your tank or put them in the fridge. AlgaeBarn gives 12 hours after delivery to make sure you are completely satisfied. If for any reason you decide something isn’t quite right, simply snap a photo of the unopened item(s) you would like replaced. Be sure to get the expiration date on the back label in the photo. After that, visit www.algaebarn.com/claims and submit the form. They will review the photo and have a replacement out for you faster than a six-line wrasse at feeding time. Once your replacement order is processed, AlgaeBarn will send you a brand new tracking number automatically.

So start giving your tank the love it deserves and order with confidence knowing that AlgaeBarn has your back.

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Product Questions

When in starting a new tank is it safe to add these?
Question by: Will on Jan 29, 2024, 5:48 AM
I prefer to add these as soon as I start getting a little alga on the glass/rockwork.
Answer by: Tyler Schafer (BRS Staff) on Jan 31, 2024, 10:12 AM
Hello, as long as your tank has completed the nitrogen cycle it is safe.
Answer by: Laura (BRS Staff) on Jan 31, 2024, 10:13 AM