AlgaGenPODS™ is the copePOD line we have established to get, live fresh, appropriate copePODS to market. Every bottle is packed to order; we cannot inventory this product and still expect you to get fresh cultures. There is a lot of work that goes into each bottle because we pack each bottle specifically for each individual order. This effort is critical, so that we can get the freshest cultures, to you!
What are CopePODS?
There are 3 types of copePODS that tend to get bottled and sold; Harpacticoid (benthic), Calanoid (pelagic) and Cyclopoid (that can exhibit both benthic and/or pelagic characteristics). CopePODS in general are small, not be confused with amphipods which are bigger, comma shaped PODS. We do not call CopePODS microscopic because they can be seen with the naked eye, but the nauplii (babies) are. CopePODS play a very important role in the aquatic ecosystem. The bottom line is that they are critical in the cycling of carbon. CopePODS eat detritus, phytotplankton, dead, decaying matter, each other, and turn these items into important fatty acids. Calanoids tend to eat phytoplankton; harpacticoids tend to eat detritus; Cyclopoids are similar to both, and depending on the species some eat fecal pellets of other copePODS. Regardless, these fatty acids produced by the copePODS enter the food-chain when the copePODS are eaten. This is an oversimplification. The marine food chain relies on the copePOD as an important source for EFA (Essential Fatty Acids ). CopePODS are a key source of nutrition in the aquatic food chain.
Adding copePODS repeatedly to a stocked reef tank is very important. Many tanks are overstocked and no matter how big a refugium is, or how much live rock there is, or how many hiding places there are, it is questionable as to how well copePODS survive because they are being grazed ferociously by corals, fish, other PODS, you name it.
Calanoids - AlgaGenPods™ Pseudodiaptomus
Pseudodiaptomus pelagicus. We love this POD. Females are big and males hang on for dear life; 2 asymmetric egg sacs, live bearing.. Dr. Cortney Ohs at University of Florida has a few papers published on this one. Adults have a tendency to stick to surfaces whereas nauplii are free swimming. They like it warm and primarily eat PhytoPlankton. Great fatty acid profiles. Has been used to raise leafy seadragons, Palometa, Lookdowns, Pompano, Reidii seahorses, clowns, mandarins, etc. Great in the mesocosm approach. Great feed for reef tanks. Needs PhytoPlankton (PhycoPure(TM) CopePOD Blend) for a food source.