Reef Nutrition TIGGER-PODS® | LIVE PODS

  • $28.34
    Unit price per 
Shipping calculated at checkout.


In Stock 

Live, large, red Tigriopus californicus copepods. Reef Nutrition’s #1 seller

 

We recommend that you add Tigger-Pods the day you receive them.  If you need to hold them before adding, simply pop the cap and put them in the fridge for a few days. 

 Receiving your Tigger-Pods:

Upon arrival, you may notice the Tigger-Pods aren't very active. This is normal when cold shipped or cold stored. As the bottles warm up, the Tigger-Pods will become more active. It is not uncommon to have a few of the oldest copepods to die from old age. We pack the bottle with life stages above 300 microns, so the bottle will be full of juveniles and egg-bearing females. On average, we add at least 10% more in every bottle to account for any DOA.   Each bottle contains approximately 3,000 copepods.  

Acclimation: 

Open bottle cap and remove the inside liner, if there is one. Let the bottle stand at room temp for 2 hours to allow the temperature to rise. The Tigger-Pods can be poured directly into your refugium and/or main tank.

Use: 

Direct feed to fish, corals and other inverts:
Turn off wavemakers and your recirculating pump(s).
Pour the animals in and watch the feeding frenzy.
You can even use a target feeding device for this step.
Since some of the copepods will cling to the side of the bottle after pouring, make sure to rinse the remainders out with clean saltwater so that you get every last animal.

Establish in a display:

  • Turn off the lights, wavemakers and recirculating pump(s).
  • Pour the animals in and wait for 30 minutes.
  • Return the system to normal function.

Since some of the copepods will cling to the side of the bottle after pouring, make sure to rinse the remainders out with clean saltwater so that you get every last animal.

Establish in a refugium (best method):

  • Pour in the animals and watch them settle in.

Since some of the copepods will cling to the side of the bottle after pouring, make sure to rinse the remainders out with clean saltwater so that you get every last animal.

Care and Feeding:

Copepods are relatively easy to care for and maintain. They feed primarily on microalgae and can be fed our phytoplankton-based product blends such as Phyto-Feast.

Copepods can live in your main tank, your refugium, or in a separate dedicated system. In your main tank, they will be eaten and depleted by your fish and corals. In your refugium they will thrive since there are no predators. Pods from your refugium can be periodically harvest and fed to your main tank.

Copepods like to remain inconspicuous, so they will prefer an environment with nooks and crannies. In your main tank they will hide in your live rock and gravel. In your refugium they will hide in your macroalgae and other plants.