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AlgaGen ReefPods Parvocalanus Live Aquacultured Copepods - 8oz

AlgaGen ReefPods Parvocalanus Live Aquacultured Copepods - 8oz

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AlgaGen ReefPods Parvocalanus Live Aquacultured Copepods - 8oz Information

ReefPodsTM are the only truly tropical live copepod culture available on the market today.

ReefPods™ Parvocalanus are the smallest of the bunch and pack a nutritious punch. They may be the best choice for culturing extremely small fish larvae such as anthias, tangs, and dwarf angels.

Small calanoid copepod

Adult Length 0.8 – 0.9 mm

ReefPods™ Parvocalanus is a live culture of the calanoid copepod Parvocalanus crassirostris. Parvocalanus adult copepods live in the water column and eat microalgae. They produce a small nauplii which is an excellent food for hard to feed aquarium filter feeders and fish larvae. The adults are eaten by very small plankton eating fish.

ReefPods™ Parvocalanus 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. Although not as easily established as Tisbe, once established they will reproduce quickly, growing from nauplii to reproductive adults in about 8 days. They are tropical and will thrive in normal aquarium temperatures and typical marine salinities. It is suggested they be added to the aquarium at night or to the refugium to avoid immediate fish predation.

ReefPods™ Parvocalanusmay be cultured separately in a small tank by feeding PhycoPure™ CopePod Blend™. The nauplii are as small as 40 micrometers wide, making them suitable for extremely small fish larvae and “small-mouthed” sessile invertebrate. 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.

Biology of ReefPod™ Parvocalanus
  • Small calanoid copepod
  • Nauplii, copepodids, and adults live in the water column
  • Life stages: Egg (1), Nauplii (6), Copepodid (5), Adult (1)
  • Life span 12-15 days
  • Adult size 0.8-.09mm
  • Nauplii size 40-100 microns
  • Nauplii to reproductive age 6-8 days
  • Reproduction: drops eggs
  • Stocking densities 0.5-2.0/ml
  • Culture preferences
    • Temperature 24-32C
    • Salinity 25-35ppt
    • Light aeration
    • Feed PhycoPure™ CopePod Blend™
Aquarium Applications
Parvocalanus is recognized by top aquaculturists and aquarium breeders as one of the best live foods for the smallest and most difficult of the marine fish larvae due to the small size of the nauplii. This small pelagic copepod is rich in essential fatty acids and provides good nutrition for developing larval fish. In aquariums the small size is optimum for capture by the finest filter feeders such as feather duster and Christmas tree worms, SPS corals and sponge.

Culture tips
Parvocalanus populations can expand rapidly when optimum culture conditions are maintained. Ideal foods are live microalgae such as Phycopure™ CopePod Blend™. When feeding Parvocalanus live microalgae, such as Phycopure™ CopePod Blend™, only small amounts should be added once daily to ensure that the food is consumed prior to the subsequent feeding. Amounts can be adjusted daily based on the apparent amount remaining in the culture. Clarity of the water is a useful indication of food consumption. Culture containers as small as one gallon are suitable for culturing Parvocalanus. Good culture hygiene is essential to maintain a thriving population of Parvocalanus. It is suggested that culture containers be cleaned and water renewed once weekly to maintain proper water parameters. Ideal conditions are 25-27C, 28-30ppt and light to medium aeration.

Acclimation upon receipt
Parvocalanus should be acclimated at a rate of 3ppt salinity per day or 5C per day if aquarium salinities or temperatures differ by 6ppt or 6C. It is important to feed Parvocalanus during the acclimation period. Healthy Parvocalanus can be added directly to the main aquarium or the fish or invertebrate culture tank if the intent is only to feed the Parvocalanus as a one-time food.

Manufacturer Info

AlgaGen LLC
AlgaGen was formed in 2002 with the goal of deriving products from plankton to benefit human and animal health. Early on, our passion for the aquarium hobby led us to ascertain that there was a need in aquaculture and marine ornamental market for a consistent supply of high quality live plankton cultures for breeding and feeding efforts. We decided to step up to the plate.

We are a small company comprised of only 8 people. We are just the right mix of academic and commercial experiences with a real understanding of how important quality is with regards to this stage of the food chain. We have an experience set that spans greater than 30 years producing phytoplankton and zooplankton for hatcheries, scientific institutions and public aquariums where quality and attention to detail is critical.

AlgaGen is a world leader in the production of copepods and phytoplankton. Our products have been utilized in countless novel species development projects such as leafy sea dragons, lookdowns, sea horses, palometa, mandarins, angels, tangs, snook, tuna, cod, sturgeon in addition to various coral and jellyfish propagation projects.

We Practice Sustainability! We grow products that are not only good for your marine life, they are good for the environment! Microalgae consumes carbon dioxide (CO2) and in turn produces oxygen (O2). We recycle! The phytoplankton we culture feeds the copepods and the wastewater from the copepods feed other production systems. It is considerably more cost effective to grow PhytoPlankton and CopePods than it is to harvest them from the wild. We use less fossil fuels to grow plankton than are used to run a boat…. less pollution too!

Our Products are Safe for your System! AlgaGen products are safer to use than wild harvested - no pathogenic bacteria, no parasitic organisms, no related fish diseases. We maintain strict protocols to insure our products are free of pathogens and we test them on a continual basis. When you use an AlgaGen product, you are getting a product with uncompromised quality and value, produced in a controlled laboratory setting.

AlgaGen ReefPods Parvocalanus Live Aquacultured Copepods - 8oz Reviews

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Posted: 3/4/2012 from CALIFORNIA CITY, CA UNITED STA
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Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: Mandarin, sponge, corals thrive on this product. More expensive than others, well worth it. So small you don't see them within your tank as the larger pods which is a plus.

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