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Pods T. Californicus (Wholesale)


Perfect size culture to inoculate a home aquarium or refugium to quickly start a self sustaining population. Tigriopus californicus copepods are the most widely used species of copepod in home aquariums due to their high nutrient value and jerky swimming motion making them a very enticing prey item. at 1,700 µm T. californicus is the largest copepod we offer. This makes it the optimal food source for dragonettes, seahorses, filefish, cardinal fish, basslets, anthias, assessors, filefish, and wrasses.

Product: Live Food

Handling and Storage: Our Copepods are harvested, packaged, cold banked, and shipped within 48 hours to ensure the freshest product in the industry. It is expected that a small amount of copepods will die in transit, we compensate for this by adding extra. These can be added either directly to your tank, refugium, culture vessel; or refrigerated at 38-43°F to slow their metabolism for storage for later use. It is recommended for long term storage that the container is opened, the safety seal removed, and the cap replaced but left open, over top of the container to avoid dust contaminating the culture while still allowing air to permeate. The open top will provide sufficient gas exchange without supplemental aeration needed. It is also recommended that 1-2 drops of concentrated microalgae are added on a weekly to biweekly basis. It is not advised to store cultures for longer than two months.


Products are shipped out Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Your product will be shipped out same day for purchases made before 12pm. For example an order placed on a Thursday-Sunday will be shipped out the following Monday.

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