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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Asif Iqbal –
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!
mrfullard (verified owner) –
Absolutely healthy bags of pods received ready to feed or culture. Love that Swedish Fish bonus!
ancochrane (verified owner) –
Everytime I have ordered them they have come on time and full of pods.
David Dietz (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.
Fantastic customer service, invest in these people!
Adrian Martinez (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.
Chris Gerardot –
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!!!
carytellis (verified owner) –
My fish love these pods. They are always active and there are so many. Love the new containers as well.
Nicholas Dmitri Evano –
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!
Adam Cole (verified owner) –
Top notch product, and service.
Jacob Juarez (verified owner) –
Lots of pods and all arrived on time in good health. I will buy again.
Brett Edward Stout –
This is the third product I’ve used to get a healthy pod population in my tank. This is the one that actually succeeded. I gave each previous attempt a few months but never really saw much of anything, but within a few weeks of adding the 5280, my sand and rocks are all a flutter at night and the fish are actively nibbling on little guys all over. Couldn’t be happier.
Eleftherios Karabelas –
Just discovered Algae Barn, these fellas are top notch. My pods just arrived very vivacious and well packaged. Going to do plenty of business here and support Algae Barn!
Ryan Riske –
Best pods for starting a colony. I’ve purchased pods from a few other suppliers, but the ones from Algae barn are like a different class my tank was loaded with them after a month with daily feedings!
Chris (verified owner) –
My shipmint was prompt, but when I looked at the jar it appeared everything was DOA, even under magnification. However, I poured the jar in anyway and hoped for the best. Sure enough the next day, under 20x magnification, I could see the little critters climbing all over the glass. Algae Barn got it right!
matthew.k.wyatt (verified owner) –
I’ve tried competitors copepods but Algae Barn is 100% the best place to buy hands down!!!