Reef Nutrition's new Apex-Pods™ (LIVE Apocyclops panamensis) are 100% aquacultured copepods that swim upwards with a stimulating, jerky motion which is attractive to both fish and people.
Perfect for direct feeding, culturing or stocking new tanks and refugiums, they are a great food source for finicky fish and invertebrates, such as mandarins, pipefish, anthias wrasses, SPS, LPS and soft corals, and other filter feeders.
Stage 1 nauplii are approximately 70 micron and adults are approximately 600 to 700 microns.
Apex-Pods™ bottles contain adult Apocyclops panamensis copepods.
Apex-Pods are great for...
Apocyclops panamensis female
Apocyclops panamensis nauplius
Use and storage:
DO NOT REFRIGERATE! Pop the cap upon arrival and during acclimation. After acclimation to room temperature, Apex-Pods should be added to the tank or culture vessel within 24 hours of arrival or purchase from a store. Depending on predators and tank size, Apex-Pods may need to be replenished routinely. To help promote a population, it is recommended that you feed phytoplankton to the tank often. Our Phyto-Feast an ideal food for these animals and will also provide nutrition for many other invertebrates in your reef aquarium.
Direct feed to fish and corals:
Establish in a display:
Establish in a refugium:
Culture in a separate container:
|SMALL (C2)||Granule||840 – 1410 µm|
|MEDIUM (EP1)||Extruded Pellet||1.7 mm|
|LARGE (EP2)||Extruded Pellet||2.3 mm|
Very small fish (larvae and small juveniles) benefit from continuous availability of food. Feed small amounts frequently, but do not allow uneaten food to accumulate in the tank.
Feed larger fish only as much as they can consume in two minutes.
|Type||Shape||Size||Crude Protein %MIN||Crude Fat %MIN||Crude Fiber %MAX||Crude Ash %MAX||Crude Calcium %MIN||Phos- phorus %MIN||Moisture %MAX||Packaging|
|Small (C1)||Granule||840 – 1410 µm||49.0||14.0||3.5||15.0||2.3||1.5||7.0||3oz, 1lb, 2kg|
|Medium (EP1)||Ext. Pellet||1.7mm||46.0||16.0||2.0||14.0||2.2||1.7||6.5||3oz, 1lb, 2kg|
|Large (EP2)||Ext. Pellet||2.3mm||46.0||16.5||2.0||14.0||2.2||1.7||6.5||3oz, 1lb, 2kg|
|C||Krill Meal, Fish Meal, Squid Meal, Fish Oil, Haematocococus, Potato Starch, Wheat Flour, Brewers Yeast, Calcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Soy Lecithin, Betaine, Licorice Plant, Apple Extract, Wheat Germ|
|EP||Krill Meal, Fish Meal, Squid Meal, Fish Oil, Haematocococus, Wheat Flour, Potato Starch, Corn Starch, Calcium Phosphate, Betaine, Soy Lecithin, Licorice Plant, Wheat Germ|
Reef Nutrition R.O.E - Real Oceanic Eggs - are super-concentrated marine fish eggs that contain high levels of Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. R.O.E. egg sizes ranging from 0.7 mm - 1.5 mm, which is suitable for many fish, LPS and NPS corals, and other inverts, such as Anemones, Zoanthids, and Palythoa. Does not contain coloring agents.
awater, Marine Fish Eggs (Atlantic Cod and Sythe), Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Proprionic Acid, Sodium Alginate
nvert bottle to mix.
or Fish: Add as much as they can consume in 2 minutes.
or Corals: Add 1 - 2 teaspoons per 100 gallon tank each day
dd to a high flow area of the tank, or for target feeding, premix 4 parts tank water with 1 part Beta Brine.
cause different captive reef systems process nutrients at different rates, we recommend that new users start with half the recommended dose and slowly increase to the full dosage over a 1 month span.
te: Color variations in this product are normal.
ep refrigerated at all times.
Tigger-Pods are attractive large red copepods, Tigriopus califoricus. They swim upwards with a stimulating, jerky swimming motion which is attractive to both fish and people. Finicky fish love them!
Tigger-Pods are perfect for culturing and restocking reeftanks & refugiums, as well as an excellent feed for fish, including mandarins and pipefish. They breed rapidly producing hundreds of eggs per female.
Care and Feeding
Copepods are relatively easy to care for and maintain. They feed primarily on brown microalgae and can be fed products such as Phyto-Feast. They can also feed on green algae such as Nannochloropsis and Tetraselmis, however most of these algae will pass right through their digestive tracts and not provide any nutrition.
Copepods can live in your main tank, your refugium, or in a separate dedicated system. In your main tank they will be eaten and depleted by your fish and corals. In your refugium they will thrive since there are no predators. Pods from your refugium can be periodically harvest and fed to your main tank.
Copepods like to hide so they will prefer an environment with nooks and crannies. In your main tank they will hide in your live rock and gravel. In your refugium they will hide in your macroalgae and other plants.
Directions for Feeding while in the 6 oz bottle
If you are going to keep them in the bottles for an extended period, remove the lid to increase oxygen in the water and put them in a refrigerator between 34 and 40 F. At this temperature they will go into hibernation and require very little oxygen or food. Alternatively, store the bottle in a cool place with the lid removed and feed them 3 drops of Phyto-Feast every 2-3 days.
Directions for Feeding in a refugium
Add 5 drops of Phyto-Feast daily for each gallon of water in your refugium. (i.e. a 25 gallon refugium should get 125 drops. 1 teaspoon = 76 drops).
What you will need for Culturing in a Stand Alone Container
Culture vessel. This can be anything such as a 5 or 10 gallon aquarium, Tupperware container, etc. that holds water. Deep containers or carboys are not suggested. Culture water. You will need some freshly mixed clean seawater, or you can use a natural seawater product such as Catalina water. Do not use water from an existing aquarium or culture as this will contaminate your attempt to start a new culture of copepods. A specific gravity of 1.020 to 1.025 for this strain of copepod is suggested. Small air pump, air stone, and airline tubing.
Cover to keep dust and contaminants out and evaporation down.
A food source, such as Phyto-Feast phytoplankton.
Directions for Culturing in a Stand Alone Container
Fill your container half to two-thirds full with the clean seawater. Attach the airline and air stone to the air pump. Put the air stone in the culture vessel, and plug in the air pump. Make sure you use a drip loop and check valve to keep water from getting into your pump and electrical outlet. Add a small amount of Phyto-Feast to lightly color the culture water. Do not add too much, or the water will foul. Add your new copepod culture, put the lid on, and you are done!
Over the next few weeks, your copepods will reproduce. It may seem at first that they aren't reproducing as fast as you would like, but once they get to a certain population level you will see an "explosion" of copepods in your culture vessel. Feed with Phyto-Feast as necessary to keep the water lightly tinted, and monitor water quality. Crashes from overfeeding that leads to high ammonia and nitrite are possible, water changes can help if the water quality declines too much.
To harvest your copepods, a plankton collector/strainer of some sort is very helpful. You can siphon yourcopepods through the collector, insuring that when you feed them to your aquarium you are only addingcopepods, not culture water. Make sure you do not dip your strainer in the copepod culture, and then in your aquarium, and then back in your culture vessel without cleaning it first. Likewise, keep siphon tubing and other equipment you use on your culture separate from equipment you use in your aquariums or larval tanks to avoid contamination. While you can always buy another batch of Tigger-Pods should your culture crash, you can avoid that frustration by not sharing equipment between different systems!
Receiving your Tigger-Pods
Tigger-Pods are wonderful little creatures, full of energy, fun to watch, and great food for your reef tank. When you receive your shipment, there are some steps you can take that will help ensure their health and survival.
Upon arrival, you may notice the Tigger-Pods aren't very active. This is normal when cold shipped or cold stored. As the bottles warm up, the Tigger-Pods(TM) will become more active. It is not uncommon to have a few of the oldest copepods to die from old age. We pack the bottle with all stages of life, but only count the adults. On average, we pack at least 10% more in every bottle to account for any DOA.
Open bottle cap and remove the inside liner. Let the bottle stand at room temp for 2 hours to allow the temperature to rise. The Tigger-Pods can be poured directly into your refugium and/or main tank. They can live several weeks in the bottle, as long as they are fed and the bottle is open to the air.
Tigger-Pods feed on microalgae and we recommend feeding them with Phyto-Feast. Phyto-Feast can be dosed directly into both your refugium and main tank. The recommended feeding rate is 1 to 5 drops per gallon each day, depending on the bio-density of your reef tank.
Longer Term Storage
Tigger-Pods can be stored in a "warm" (40 F +) refrigerator to slow down their metabolic processes, which will increase store shelf life.
Reef Nutrition Beta-Brine is super-concentrated, enriched Artemia salina. Beta-Brine Artemia feed on phytoplankton, so they are naturally enriched with beta-carotene due to the high levels in phytoplankton. Aquacultured in Western Australia salt ponds, Beta-Brine Artemia are harvested while actively feeding on marine phytoplankton, resulting in gut-loaded Artemia. It is perfect for fish, LPS corals, NPS corals, and other inverts. No freshwater phytoplankton has been added.
Seawater, Artemia salina, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Proprionic Acid, Sodium Alginate
Invert bottle to mix
For Fish: Add as much as they can consume in 3 minutes.
For Corals: Add 1 - 2 teaspoons per 100 gallon tank per day.
Add to a high flow area of the tank, or for target feeding, premix 4 parts tank water with 1 part Beta-Brine.
Because different captive reef systems process nutrients at different rates, we recommend that new users start with half the recommended dose and slowly increase to the full dosage over a 1 month span.
Note: Color variations in this product are normal.
Keep refrigerated at all times.
Reef Nutrition Mysis-Feast is refrigerated, concentrated freshwater Mysis diluviana, or Mysis relicta, shrimp ranging in size from 7 mm - 25 mm. This pre-rinsed Mysis in a bottle saves time from having to thaw, and it eliminates waste because there is no need to throw away leftover thawed feed. The Mysis feed on phytoplankton, resulting in a balanced nutritional profile high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Mysis-Feast is outstanding to feed to freshwater or saltwater fish, corals, and other inverts. It elicits a strong feeding response, as well. Mysis-Feast can be fed to both freshwater fish and inverts due to its low sodium content.
Refrigerate after opening.
Mysis diluviana, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Proprionic Acid, Sodium Alginate, Larixinic Acid
Add 1-2 teaspoons of Mysis-Feast per 100 gallon tank each day. Add to a high flow area of the tank, or for target feeding, premix 4 parts tank water with 1 part Mysis-Feast. You should add enough for your fish to consume within 2 to 3 minutes.
Note that color and size variations in this product are normal.
Arcti-Pods are large, nutrition-packed planktonic copepods (3000 microns) harvested fresh from artic ocean. In the ocean, copepods form the basis for much of the marine food chain.
Fish go crazy for them!
No other product excites your fish like Arcti-Pods! Even the most finicky fish go crazy for them.
Great for invertebrates too!
LPS corals, anenomes, zoanthids, brittle stars and more. It seems everything loves Arcti-Pods.
Arcti-Pods are rich in carotenoids which bring out the color of your animals. Arcti-Pods are also naturally rich in protein, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, and waxy esters for growth.
Arcti-Pods contains whole and intact biological organisms in a media with benign food grade additives. No phosphates added.
For longest shelf life, all Arcti-Pods should be refrigerated before and after opening.
Excellent feed for fish, LPS corals, and more.
Reef Nutrition is a product from Reed Mariculture, USA.
1 - 2 teaspoons per 100 gallon tank per day. Add to high flow area of tank or premix in a cup of tank water. Target Feeding undiluted product is not advised.
Produced by the marine microalgae experts. Phyto-Feast is made by Reed Mariculture, the world leader in microalgal hatchery feeds. Our products are used in over 500 university and commercial hatcheries in over 70 countries around the world.
Why everyone loves Phyto-Feast
With six species in 5 classes, Phyto-Feast provides a diversiy of Phyto-pigments, lipids, omega-3's, amino acids, carbohydrates and cell sizes. Proprietary harvesting and stabilizing processes keep cells intact and insures nutrients get to your animals.
You will see the difference!
Oyster Feast is a refrigerated liquid concentrate of oyster eggs and ovarian tissue and is the perfect size (1-200 microns) for feeding corals, SPS, LPS and softies.
Each 177ml bottle contains 2 full oysters!
Overain tissue has all the benefits and nutritional value of the eggs but in a smaller particle size, down to 1 micron.
Seawater, Oyster Ovarian Tissue, Oyster eggs, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Carbonate, Sodium Alginate, Potassium Bicarbonate
Reef Nutrition is a product from Reef Mariculture, USA.