Each 16oz portion of Apocalypse Pods contains 3000+ LIVE Apocyclops Copepods ranging from nauplii to adult sizes. Apocalypse 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. Our pods are 100% viable to reproduce in marine aquaria.
These hardy copepods are slightly larger than Tisbe pods and slightly smaller than Tigriopus pods. This intermediate size makes them a healthy live snack for your finicky fish and coral. Apocyclops pods are extremely nutritious with a very high amino acid and protein content. Apocyclops pods contain high amounts of Astaxanthin which enhance and brighten the colors of your fish and coral. These warm water copepods reproduce quickly, laying eggs every 4-6 days, about twice the rate of Tisbe and Tigriopus! Apocyclops pods feed on phytoplankton, fish waste, and other detritus in your tank. This makes them a critical part of any clean-up crew.
As juveniles, Apocyclops copepods are benthic meaning they stay hidden in the rockwork, macroalgae, and glass in your aquarium. As Apocyclops pods mature into adults, they lay eggs before becoming pelagic and making their way into the water column where they provide a sustainable and nutritious live food source for your fish and corals. Their natural life cycle makes them an ideal addition to a saltwater aquarium ecosystem!
PLEASE NOTE: Apocalypse 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!