Each 16oz portion of Tig Pods contains 3000+ LIVE Tigriopus Copepods ranging from nauplii to adult sizes. Tig Pods are great for seeding new tanks and refugiums, boosting existing populations, or feeding finicky fish & inverts such as Mandarins, Seahorses, Anthias, Wrasses, SPS, LPS & NPS Corals, Clams, and most other filter-feeding inverts.
Large, red, and packed with omega-3 fatty and amino acids, Tigriopus copepods make a nutritious meal for even the pickiest of fish. These pods have a habit of swimming into the water column and jerk around when they move. This makes them an especially attractive target for the zooplanktivorous fishes in your tank! Having evolved in the absence of most predators (i.e. tide pools), it is quite naive and easily captured by slower fishes (dragonettes, seahorses, etc.). The miniscule larvae are fully pelagic, proving a very high-quality food source for planktivores such as corals.
Females will lay hundreds of eggs during their life cycle. The new population adds to your “Clean-Up Crew” by consuming detritus, unwanted algae and phytoplankton in your aquarium.
One notable thing about this copepod is its toughness. Native to shallow pools, it is adapted to withstand acidity, hypoxia, extremely high or low temperatures, etc. that may rapidly develop in these stagnant waters. As such it is a good pioneer for use in newly set up aquarium systems.
Our Tig Pods are 100% viable to reproduce in marine aquaria. We recommend using them with our high-quality OceanMagik LIVE Phytoplankton Blend. Together, they will establish and maintain the healthiest copepod populations in your tank.
PLEASE NOTE: Tig Pods contains a range of juvenile to adult copepods. Juvenile copepods are difficult to see with the naked eye upon arrival, but are best for establishing sustainable copepod populations. This is because livestock do not consume the copepods immediately after you add them into your tank!