AlgaGen ReefPods Tisbe Live Aquacultured Copepods - 8oz
Item Code: GV00005
|AlgaGen ReefPods Tisbe Strain, 8oz bottle.|
Please keep in mind that not all the AlgaGen ReefPods products come with the chaeto or phytoplankton. I have confirmed that the AlgaGen ReefPods Tangerine copepod strain comes in a clear bottle with no chaeto. While there may only be a few copepods visible to the naked eye, the bottles are filled with eggs.
I turned off my protein skimmer, return pump, and poured the contents into my sump. I kept my protein skimmer off for several hours, but turned the return pump on 20 minutes later. When I turned my protein skimmer back on later that evening, it immediately started frothing a thick heavy green foam. By the next morning, the entire skimmer cup was filled with a dark green skimmate as it removed the phytoplankton from the water column.
At first I was skeptical about the Reefpods product. I have to admit, after the first few days of pouring in the AlgaGen ReefPods, I was pretty disappointed that I saw no sign of copepods in my aquarium. Since my aquarium consisted of 100% dry base rock, I only seeded my aquarium with beneficial bacteria. I did not use any live rock, and I scrubbed every single snail shell with a toothbrush before adding them into my aquarium to avoid any hitchhikers.
I have no intentions of running a refugium, but I wanted to seed the rock with healthy copepods. It was not until exactly 8 days later that all my glass panels had become filled with copepods which all happened over night. I did not clean my glass panels in hopes that I would start seeing copepods.
|A small amount of Chaeto at the bottom. Copepods can be seen crawling around the chaeto when held up in front of a light source. The green fluid is simply phytoplankton, nothing to be worried about.|
|Exactly 8 days later... Thousands of copepods had hatched in my aquarium. All the panels are filled with copepods as you can see with all the white specks on my glass.|
|While it is hard to tell from still photos, as I focused my eyes on the white speckles in the aquarium, I can see all of them moving. My wrasse and blenny are having a blast picking at these copepods.|
While initially I thought I had wasted my money, this product actually works. Patience is key. Every inch of the aquarium is filled with Tisbe copepods. I will probably seed my aquarium with various other strains to get a good bio-diversity in the aquarium. I highly recommend this product for any hobbyists trying to seed their aquarium or refugium.
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