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A collection of five LIVING copepod species to occupy every ecologic niche in your system!
- Live zooplankton blend to mimic conditions found in natural aquatic ecosystems
- Includes five different, carefully-selected species of copepods
- Boosts efficiency of clean-up crews by consuming detritus and film algae
- Excellent food source for corals and small fishes like dragonets, seahorses, anthias, etc.
- Promotes normal movement of nutrients and food energy across food web
Galaxy Pods are the perfect addition to any marine aquarium as they help to bolster your clean-up crew capacity while also providing nutrient-dense food to multiple organisms in your tank. All pods are 100% viable and able to reproduce in a captive marine environemnet, living through their entire lifecycle in your aquarium. Combine with AlgaeBarn OceanMagik live phytoplankton blend for an even more robust copepod population!
Comprised of five different species of copepods:
- Tigriopus californicus
Loaded with amino and omega-3 fatty acids, Tigriopus copepods make a nutritious meal for the pickiest fishes. These pods occasionally inhabit the water column and jerk around when they move, making them an easy target for your critters. Females can lay hundreds of eggs during their lifecycle. These harpacticoids contribute to your clean-up crew by consuming detritus and nuisance alga in your tank.
- Tisbe biminiensis
Small and hardy, these harpacticoid copepods tend to inhabit the cracks and crevasses of live rock and macroalgae. Their secretive nature helps them to maintain lasting populations in marine aquaria. Like the above, Tisbe copepods add to your clean-up crew by consuming detritus, phytoplankton, and invasive algae in your aquarium; think of these guys as the smallest mouths in your food chain.
- Apocyclops panamensis
Being slightly larger than Tisbe and slightly smaller than Tigriopus, these resilient copepods round out your tank's zooplankton size range. Apocyclops is extremely nutritious with a very high amino acid and protein content. It reproduces quickly by laying eggs every 4-6 days--about twice the rate of Tisbe and Tigriopus! This cyclopoid spends much time in the water column, providing a continuous source of nutrition for seahorses, swallowtail angelfish, etc.
- Oithona colcarva
This highly adaptable pod is a cyclopoid like Apocyclops but spends even more time in the water column. Oithona also feeds on smaller particles, consuming suspended items as minute as bacteria. Its nocturnal nature helps to prevent it from being completely decimated by hungry zooplanktivores.
- Euterpina acutifrons
Hailing from the order Harpacticoida, the coastal dwelling Euterpina acutifrons is a non-selective herbivore loaded with a variety of proteins and amino acids that are perfect for bolstering health and longevity of fish and corals.
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