About Us

Copepods & Phytoplankton With A Purpose

Our Mission

We think the best way to inspire people to protect our oceans is to help them observe, understand and learn from the magnificent creatures that inhabit them. That’s why we produce premium aquacultured marine organisms that are sustainable and eco-friendly.

By providing quality live foods backed by scientific research, we aspire to improve the general health and longevity of ornamental fish. One day we hope to see all marine aquariums filled entirely with aquacultured organisms, thus reducing our hobby’s impact on natural marine environments. The best way to make that vision a reality is to start with the building blocks of all marine ecosystems; Zooplankton and Phytoplankton.

“Inspiring Passion Amongst Aquarists with a Vision for a Sustainable Future”

AlgaeBarn has partnered with multiple charities, foundations, and research institutions with goals to educate, protect and restore our oceans. As biologists, engineers, businessmen, and hobbyists ourselves, we are committed in educating the aquarium community to encourage the proper care of all marine life and to protect our precious blue planet.

In addition to caring for marine life, we promise to always treat people right by providing exceptional customer service and standing behind our products.

Sustainable Aquaculture


We grow all of our premium Copepods and Phytoplankton at the base of the Rocky Mountains in our state of the art 2,000sqft aquaculture facility. As hobbyists ourselves we understand the importance of knowing what goes into your aquarium. That’s why we run all of our water through a twelve stage RODI system before mixing in InstantOcean synthetic sea salt. There are no fish or copper parts anywhere in our facility so you never have to worry about introducing anything unwanted into your aquarium. We only sell premium live Copepods & nutritious Phytoplankton with no harmful chemicals or preservatives.

Alive On Arrival Guaranteed

Here at AlgaeBarn we take the worry out of buying live copepods and phytoplankton online by going above and beyond to take care of our customers.

That’s why we guarantee every order we ship will be 100% Alive On Arrival or we will replace it free of charge. Booya. We’ll even cover the shipping on the replacement nomatter which service you choose. Double Booya.

When your order arrives, be sure and inspect the contents to ensure everything is looking alive and well before you add them to your tank or put them in the fridge. We’ll give you 12 hours after delivery to make sure you are completely satisfied.

If for any reason you decide something isn’t quite ultra grade, simply snap a photo of the unopened item(s) you would like replaced. Be sure to get the expiration date on the back label in the photo. After that, visit www.algaebarn.com/claims and submit the form. We’ll review the photo and have a replacement out for you faster than a six-line wrasse at feeding time. Once your replacement order is processed, we’ll send you a brand new tracking number automatically. Thats it, pretty simple right?

So start giving your tank the love it deserves and order with confidence knowing that AlgaeBarn has your back.

Committed To Education

AlgaeBarn believes in the importance of educating children about our oceans. We are a proud sponsor of the Stratton Elementary School Coral Reef Project.

Under the guidance of Brandon Rutherford, this third grade class of young aquarists maintain 12 saltwater aquariums containing live fish and coral. The kids learn about all aspects of aquarium husbandry, ecology, and microbiology through hands on experience keeping their aquariums clean and healthy. You can follow their project with photo and video updates on their Reef2Reef thread. Want to help support these young scientists? Visit their GoFundMe Project page.

Moving the Industry Forward

Biota Aquarium and AlgaeBarn are excited to offer captive-bred Mandarins. These fish are a hardier, sustainable alternative to wild caught specimens.

Biota Aquarium Mandarins, like their wild-caught counterparts, will feed primarily on live copepods. They also accept a variety of frozen foods like Artemia and Brine Shrimp allowing you to feed them a varied diet for optimum health. We are very excited to be offering these fish for sale on our site in the near future.

Get to know our sustainability team

Our team of biologists, ecologists, and engineers come from a diverse background but we all have one thing in common: a passion for sustainable aquaculture.

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