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Old 02-22-2014, 11:41 PM   #1
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Copepods

I just bought some copepods from my lfs and I was wondering how should I go about culturing/growing them. I have a refugium with live sand, live rock, and some purple caulerpa Macroalgae. What else do I need to establish a thriving population?
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:26 PM   #2
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I have been culturing them separate from my tank! Just using a small tube with salt water and a bubbler!
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:14 PM   #3
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Can you put them in your refugium though?

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Old 02-23-2014, 01:15 PM   #4
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You can! Be sure to put them in at night so your fish don't eat them all right away
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You can raise them fairly easily, you can just let nature take her course, or start a phyto culture and feed them. Brineshrimpdirect.com has a great tutorial.
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Do I have to feed them in a refugium? Or will the macroalgae suffice as their diet?
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They will multiply in the refugium. But to culture them on a bigger scale, they need to be fed phytoplankton. You can buy this bottled or produce your own "green water."
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:35 PM   #8
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Sounds good. Do I need to feed them though in the refugium or just let them be.
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I would let them be. Feeding phyto should be in a setup for breeding copepods. Usually a dark colored 5 gallon bucket.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:46 PM   #10
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