5280 Pods Three Species Mix Live Copepods

Rated 4.83 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings

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Seed Your Aquarium | Increase Pod Populations | Feed Finicky Fish

Each 16oz portion of 5280 Pods contains 5280+ LIVE Tigriopus, Tisbe, and Apocyclops Copepods ranging from nauplii to adult sizes. 5280 Pods is 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. Our pods are 100% viable to reproduce in marine aquaria. We recommend using with our high quality OceanMagik LIVE Phytoplankton Blend to establish and maintain the healthiest copepod populations.

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Our Guarantee

We take the worry out of buying Live Copepods, Phytoplankton, Inverts, and Captive Bred Fish 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 no matter which service you choose. Double Booya.

About our policy: 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.

“We will take care of you and make it right”

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 to you faster than a six-line wrasse at feeding time.

Captive Bred Fish: We guarantee every Live Fish we ship to be 100% Alive On Arrival and we also offer a 7-day health guarantee on all Live Captive Bred Fish. In the event that your fish arrives DOA (Dead On Arrival), simply take a photo of the fish in the unopened bag/jar within 2 hours after delivery and visit www.algaebarn.com/claims to submit the form. If the fish is DOA, we will offer you a choice of either a full refund or a free replacement, including the shipping cost. If the fish expires from natural causes (this does not include being killed by tank mates, jumping out of the aquarium, being acclimated to the wrong environment, not being fed the recommended foods) within 7 days after delivery, just provide a picture of the expired fish and we will offer you a free replacement, however, you must pay for shipping, or a refund, less the shipping cost. We can offer this industry leading guarantee on all of our live fish because Captive Bred fish are generally healthier and hardier than their wild-caught counterparts!

Invertebrates: We guarantee every invertebrate (Invert) we ship to be 100% Alive On Arrival. In the event that your inverts arrive DOA, simply take photos of the DOA items within 2 hours of delivery and visit www.algaebarn.com/claims to submit the form. We will review the photos and issue store credit for any DOA Inverts!

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.

5280 Pods

Whether you are trying to seed a new aquarium or looking to boost Pod populations in your established system, 5280 Pods will get the job done. With 5280+ live copepods in every 16oz jar of 5280 Pods, you can rest assured that finicky feeders such as Mandarin Dragonets, Seahorses, Anthias, Corals, Clams, and other Filter-Feeding Invertebrates will always have a continuous supply of live, nutritious food. Our pods are 100% viable to reproduce within a marine environment. They grow and carry out their natural lifecycle in your aquarium. As some of the smallest mouths in a balanced ecosystem, a healthy population of Copepods is a critical, yet often overlooked part of any “Clean Up Crew”.

We recommend using with our high-quality OceanMagik LIVE Phytoplankton Blend to establish and maintain the healthiest copepod populations.

Tigriopus californicus

Packed with omega-3 fatty and amino acids, Tigriopus copepods make a nutritious meal for even the pickiest of fish. These Pods inhabit the water column and jerk around when they move, making them an easy target for your critters. Females will lay hundreds of eggs during their life cycle. They add to your “Clean Up Crew” by consuming detritus, invasive algae, and phytoplankton in your aquarium.

Tisbe biminiensis

These small and hardy tisbe copepods tend to inhabit the cracks and crevasses of live rock and macroalgae. Hiding helps them to maintain their population in marine aquaria. Their nocturnal nature makes them a sustainable food source in your tank and keeps your fish entertained and “on the hunt”. Tisbe copepods make for a highly nutritious treat for your fish, while adding to your “Clean Up Crew” by consuming detritus, phytoplankton and invasive algae in your aquarium. Think of these guys as the smallest mouths in your food chain.

Apocyclops panamensis

These hardy copepods are slightly larger than Tisbe pods and slightly smaller than Tigriopus copepods. This intermediate size makes them a healthy live snack for your finicky fish and coral. Apocyclops copepods are extremely nutritious with a very high amino acid and protein content. Apocyclops copepods contain high amounts of Astaxanthin which can enhance and brighten the colors of your fish and coral. These warm water copepods reproduce extremely quickly by laying eggs every 4-6 days, about twice the rate of Tisbe and Tigriopus! Apocyclops copepods feed on phytoplankton, fish waste, and other detritus in your tank, making them a critical part of any clean-up crew.

As juveniles, Apocyclops copepods are benthic, staying hidden in the rockwork, macroalgae, and glass in your aquarium. As Apocyclops copepods mature into adults, they lay eggs before becoming pelagic and making their way into the water column. Once in the water column, they provide a sustainable and nutritious live food source for your fish and corals.

PLEASE NOTE: 5280 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!

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12 reviews for 5280 Pods Three Species Mix Live Copepods

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I purchased a couple bottles of the 5280 pods a little over a month ago and I am impressed. After pouring in the contents I really didnt see any pods for about a week. After 1 week of feeding Phyto to the tank I started seeing them all over the glass. A few weeks after that, I have so many I cant look at any glass surface without seeing them. If you need to seed a new tank, or feed a dragonette, these are the way to go.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely the best pods you can get. Mine came in 2 days by Priority Mail. I opened the box. The bag is teeming with pods swimming around everywhere. Very few dead pods in the bag. Very healthy, large fat pods, many of them with egg sacs. I put half in the tank, and half in a 10g tank with some live rock, heater and HOB. Within a month, the 10g tank is full of pods. I can harvest every month and add to my DT.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Got my BOGO combo of 5280 Mix pods with Phyto shipped to my home in Minnesota. Received via 2 days priority. Opened the box, both bags had pods active and bouncing around. Poured it into the tank this morning while the lights were out, with pumps off for 30 mins and filter socks off for 24 hours… Pods went in the tank. Thanks Algae Barn!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Absolutely healthy bags of pods received ready to feed or culture. Love that Swedish Fish bonus!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Everytime I have ordered them they have come on time and full of pods.

  6. Rated 3 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Ordered these to top off my refugium with new healthy pods. Bag was not teaming with lots of life, but there were a few swimmers. Thanks for keeping mandarin happy.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fantastic customer service, invest in these people!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    You won’t find higher quality pods anywhere else. Period. Pods arrived thriving and teaming with life. Looking forward to seeing my tank getting populated soon.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    I ordered PODS and photo combo and due to no fault of AlgaeBarn they didn’t arrive in time and where DOA thank you USPS. I contacted customer service and they were wonderful. Not only did I get a new shipment sent with lightening speed but I saw no DOA’s and my tank is happy happy happy. I will continue to buy my PODS right here and will spread the word to friends about products and customer service. Thank you so much for standing behind your word! Now to continue shopping!!!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    My fish love these pods. They are always active and there are so many. Love the new containers as well.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pods were received on time, and could clearly see plenty of movement. Macroalgae and phyto were received in fine condition as well. Didn’t temp acclimate because I’m a dingus, but after watching them all swim around the fuge for a while, they didn’t seem to care too much. Awesome product and great customer service!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Top notch product, and service.

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