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AlgaGen ReefPods Moina Salina Live Aquacultured Microalgaes - 8oz

AlgaGen ReefPods Moina Salina Live Aquacultured Microalgaes - 8oz

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AlgaGen ReefPods Moina Salina Live Aquacultured Microalgaes - 8oz Information

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

ReefPods™ Moina Salina, the ”water flea”, the largest prey item of the ReefPod™ line will entice feeding of finicky fish and is a great feed item for seahorses and small to medium reef fish.

Large cladoceran or water flea, referred to as Saltwater Dafhnia

Adult Length 3 mm

ReefPods™ Moina salina is a live culture of Moina salina. Moina salinalive and feed in the water column and will eat a wide assortment of foods, including microalgae. Adults and juveniles are an excellent transitional food for seahorses and other fish that require live feeds for protracted periods. All sizes of Moina salina entice aquarium fish to feed.

ReefPods™ Moina salina may be used as a starter culture to add to marine aquarium refugiums or the main tank. Although not as easily established as Tisbe, once established they will reproduce quickly, growing to adults in several days. They are sub-tropical and will thrive in normal aquarium temperatures and a wide range of salinities. It is suggested they are add to the refugium, however, they be added to the aquarium at night to avoid immediate fish predation.

ReefPods™ Moina salina may be cultured separately in a small tank by feeding PhycoPure™ CoppePod Blend™. The juvenile are smaller than 500 microns, making them suitable for larger fish larvae and small juvenile fish. Adults may be harvested for feeding juvenile seahorses and small fish.

Reef Pods™ Moina salina is the only truly tropical live saltwater cladoceran culture 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 Moina salina

ReefPod™ Moina salina
  • Moina is a Cladoceran, or water flea
  • Sometimes referred to as Saltwater Daphnia
  • Lives in the water column
  • Adult size less than 3 mm
  • Juvenile size 0.5mm
  • Stocking density 0.1-0.25/ml
  • Reproduction: Asexual or Sexual
  • Will spawn live juveniles or produce eggs
  • Culture preferences
    • Temperature 20-28C
    • Salinity 10-30 ppt
    • Light to medium aeration
    • Feed PhycoPure™ CopePod Blend™ or Spirulina flake food
Aquarium Applications
Moina salina is an excellent species for direct feeding to plankton-eating fish and seahorses and can cause a feeding frenzy triggered by their hopping swimming motion. The juvenile Moina are the perfect size for feeding young seahorses. Moina are an excellent replacement for brine shrimp or as a transitional live feed before introducing flakes or frozen foods. Moina can be enriched and gut loaded with microalgae or formulated enrichments prior to feeding. The swimming motion of Moina triggers feeding responses from almost any predator. It will entice even the most finicky eaters and is a good choice to encourage species that refuse to eat at first.

Culture tips
Moina is an omnivore and will consume bacteria, detritus, microalgae and zooplankton. An excellent characteristic of Moina is that the population reproduces asexually when under suitable environmental conditions with adequate nutrition allowing it to grow exponentially. Moina 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
Moina salina tolerates 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 Moina during the acclimation period. Healthy Moina can be added directly to the main aquarium or the fish or invertebrate culture tank if the intent is only to use the Moina 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 Moina Salina Live Aquacultured Microalgaes - 8oz Reviews

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Posted: 4/7/2012 from Cary, NC UNITED STATES
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Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I could see they were alive and kicking upon arrival. I added half to my sump and the other half directly to the display tank after feeding the fish mysis.

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