06-22-2010, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by wake49
That was Jon that offered that advice, but I definitely agree...
Oops - I hereby retract any appreciation that was extended your way, Jeff, and offer it to John.
Seriously, though, thanks John.
Originally Posted by rotifer
The main value to copepods of having macroalgae in your refugium is to break up water currents so they don't get washed away (into the display tank). Their primary food will be microalgae, detritus, and bacteria. When copepods die they disentegrate very quickly, that's part of why they are so valuable to first-feeding larval marine fish which only have a rudimentary digestive tract. Even alive they are very hard to see in the water column. Tigger-Pods are a very large species of copepods, but still very small in a reef tank :)
I would suggest culturing them in a 9x13 cake pan and see how that goes. Add a bit of microalgae every 2-3 days and do a 10% water change every month. This will create the tide-pool environment that they are used to. Once you have a good population going, use that as your starter culture for your refugium.
Thanks again, Rotifer. Is any filtration, current, heating, air, etc. required in the cake pan, or can it just be left to sit in a room that is room temperature by day and air conditioned in the evening? Also, is it safe to assume there is nothing special about the container being a cake pan and that a plastic Tupperware would work just as well? Is there a particular type or brand of microalgae that you would recommend I try to purchase?