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AlgaGen ReefPods Tangerine Live Aquacultured Copepods - 8oz

AlgaGen ReefPods Tangerine Live Aquacultured Copepods - 8oz

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AlgaGen ReefPods Tangerine Live Aquacultured Copepods - 8oz Information




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

ReefPods™ Tangerine, “the big ones” – are packed with nutritious lipid reserves and pigments that will enhance health and color of small to medium reef fish and seahorses.

Large calanoid copepod

Adult Length 2.5 mm

ReefPods™ Tangerine is a live culture of a large unidentified calanoid copepod, most likely in the Family Temoridae. Tangerine adult copepods live in the water column and will eat small suspended detritus particles and microalgae in the aquarium. They produce a large 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™ Tangerine 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 15 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™ Tangerine may be cultured separately in a small tank by feeding PhycoPure™ CopePod Blend™. The nauplii are 100-200 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.

Biology of Tangerine Pods

ReefPod™ Tangerine
  • Large calanoid copepod (species unidentified)
  • Nauplii, copepodids, and adults live in the water column
  • Life span up to 40 days
  • Adult size 2 to 2.5 mm long
  • Nauplii size 100-200 microns wide
  • Nauplii to reproductive age 12-20 days
  • Reproduction: carries eggs in sacs
  • Stocking densities 0.1-0.5/ml
  • Culture preferences
    • Temperature 22-25C
    • Salinity 15-30ppt
    • Light to medium aeration
    • Feed PhycoPure™ CopePod Blend™
Aquarium Applications
The Tangerine Pod is an excellent species for directly feeding to hungry fish and seahorses to observe a feeding frenzy. The nauplii of Tangerines are excellent food for filter feeding invertebrates and for juvenile seahorses and for larger sized or staged fish larvae and invertebrate nauplii. Juvenile and adult Tangerines are an excellent replacement for less nutritious brine shrimp.

Culture tips
The Tangerine Pod is an omnivore and will consume microalgae and zooplankton alike. It is recommended that adult densities be maintained at less than 0.25/mL. Tangerines can be cultured in containers as small as one gallon; however, 5 gallons is a recommended minimum. When feeding microalgae, such as Phycopure™ CopePod Blend™ it is recommended to maintain a good background of food continuously. 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. Ideal conditions are 22-25C, 15-25ppt and light to medium aeration.

Acclimation upon receipt
Tangerine copepods tolerate a wide range of temperatures and salinities but it is recommended that water-parameter acclimation at a rate of 6ppt salinity per day or 5C per day be performed if aquarium salinities or temperatures differ by 10ppt or 10C. It is important to feed Tangerines during the acclimation period. Healthy Tangerines can be added directly to the main aquarium or the fish or invertebrate culture tank if the intent is only to feed the Tangerines 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.

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Posted: 10/1/2012 from CASPER, WY UNITED STATES
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Comments: They arrived in great health and numbers. Very quickly I might add. I have a Mandarin Dragonet, (Draco), who needs a steady supply of these to thrive. I was very pleased with the numbers in this bottle. Draco will be very content in about 3 weeks when they are large enough for him to start grazing on. I add one to two bottles of them about every 6 weeks to make sure Draco always has enough to eat. Of course my Flame Angel and at least two others in the tank also eat their share of them. :) I have ordered from other sites and did not get the same High numbers as I did from here. Will order again. Thanx so much. Shelley


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