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Old 06-23-2013, 11:38 PM   #1
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Need good copepods

Anyone know of a good place to buy a good supply of copepods/amphipods online for a good price?
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:51 PM   #2
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Reefs2go.com


I just got some from them.
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:06 AM   #3
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are you looking to just have them in general or for feeding something like a mandarin? if you just want them, go get a ball of cheato, it should be full of them.
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Both honestly. I have a scooter blenny and want to start a refugium. The copepods at petco are super expensive so I want to produce them myself.
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mmm, never had a scooter blenny but I don't believe they need them to survive.. If you have a sump or refugium, I would just stick a ball of cheato from you lfs in there. Thats where I got all my pods from.. Also I had a wrasse until just recently so I'm sure he was munching on them, and yet I still saw plenty of them in my DT and sump
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Scooter blennys are similar to mandarins as they are both picky eaters and mostly eat podlike food
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Reefs2go.com is the best source I've found for pods. I make sure to order mine during their BOGO offer with 1k pods.
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Scooter blennys are similar to mandarins as they are both picky eaters and mostly eat podlike food
They are both dragonettes and eat the same foods.

Pods are easily raised in a dark bucket feeding them phytoplankton. That can be in the form of green water or phyto paste.
Several good tutorials on the web. Also google "phyto paste"
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:27 AM   #9
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Let me tell you about my experience with reefs2go Copepods and amphipods. I ordered from them and when they came in I noticed a ton of amphipods. At the time I was pretty exited. I read the directions and as I opened the bag it smelled horrible. Thought that was a bit strange but I didn't think much of it. I put them into my tank and the amphipods went after my snails. I watched them swarm two of them. Two days later I find three empty shells. In addition, I did not notice many Copepods. I also read that mandarins will not often touch the big amphipods. I had to bait the stupid things out. My mandarin happens to eat frozen food but was thinking this would be good for him to snack on. I ended up ordering from another place and I set up my own little pod farm and have grown them as well as putting some in my sump refugium. They are a little more expensive but clean and are pods only.

www.aquaculturenurseryfarms.com

Maybe the R2G pods work well for some but after doing further research I discovered that some other people had the same issues with amphipods. They are opportunistic little feeders and can also nibble on zoas etc. Go google it. People keep saying its only the dying stuff they eat. That is completely false. I've seen it, read it, and so have others. Just thought I would share.
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Mine came in fine, but I am starting to grow them again here at home as its easy and pretty cheap. My mandarin only eats pods, so I am going to try to out supply him.

http://www.brineshrimpdirect.com/Rotifers-101-c200.html
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