Live Copepods: Saltwater Aquarium Super Food - Aquarium Depot

Jan 30, 2016 - Best Live food for Mandarin Fish, live copepods for saltwater aquarium.
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While freshwater fans certainly have choices about what swimmers to add to their tank, the amount of options available for live saltwater fish enthusiasts can seem as vast as the open sea itself. With their natural vibrancy and flowing veil fins, saltwater fish are an obvious choice for aquatic pet parents who want to showcase their marine centerpiece. While they are a sight to behold in your tank, saltwater aquarium fish do require a degree of maintenance that goes a bit deeper than their freshwater cousins. Many marine fish, for example, are more demanding of specific environment parameters and habitats as they are not used to the fluctuating temperatures freshwater swimmers experience, and so require additional equipment for their tanks. Some live saltwater fish also take some time to get used to a diet of man-made flakes, pellets, and other aquarium foods because they are not generally raised in captivity. It’s important for budding aquarists to keep these in mind before filling their tanks with marine fish.
Apr 14, 2017 - Live Saltwater Fish Food – Feed Hungry Fish – Copepods ..
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are tiny crustaceans, roughly about the size of a flea, packed with nutrition and a favorite among many saltwater fish, and their owners. Mandarin Gobies, Seahorses, Pipefish and more are very fond of amphipods and copepods. Fish feeding on this product are known to be healthier, live longer and have fewer issues. Copepods are a super food of sorts, packed with sustaining fatty acids. Get live fish food If you are carefully cultivating a saltwater aquarium, you'll want to make sure you are giving its inhabitants the best home you can
Photo provided by FlickrOct 17, 2012 - Some of the most popular live foods for saltwater aquarium fish include brine shrimp, bloodworms and white worms
Photo provided by FlickrApr 29, 2013 - Many saltwater fish prefer live foods but, if you can condition them to accept commercial foods, your life will be much easier
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Given that copepods are a commonly offered and readily accepted by most plankton-feeding marine fishes, the easy availability of freshwater species makes them a simple option for feeding your fish. But remember, that I said there were two important things to consider for any food: 1) the right size/taste, and 2) the nutritional value of the food. So, I've said that the size, shape and taste of these tiny crustaceans appear to be acceptable for most plankton-feeding marine fishes, what about the nutritional value? Well, it turns out that copepods are one of the most nutritious plankton foods in the ocean, and a variety of studies have shown that feeding them can significantly decrease the rate of disease and death among juvenile fishes raised in captivity. For example, a recent presentation by Todd Gardner at the International Marine Aquarium Conference (IMAC) in Chicago showed that feeding baby seahorses on a diet of copepods for a few days before switching them onto enriched babybrine shrimp led to dramatic increases in the rate of survival compared to treatments in which the juvenile seahorses were fed only on enriched brine shrimp. Results such as Todd reported (Gardner 2003) are becoming more common, both in the hobby and in aquaculture efforts. In fact, copepods are so highly sought-after that many commercial aquaculture facilities are actively pursuing techniques to raise copepods in sufficient numbers to use as a reliable food supply for juvenile fishes. There are also a number of popular fishes (such as the Mandarin Goby or Scooter Blenny) that actually specialize on these little crustaceans. Unfortunately, there are currently no commercial sources of live copepods for either the aquaculture or aquarium industries, but there are a couple of suppliers of freshwater copepods in frozen or freeze-dried forms. In addition, there is always the tried-and-true method of going out to harvest your own, and whether fresh- or saltwater, adding copepods to thefeeding regimen of your marine aquarium is sure to be a benefit to many of your pets.So obviously feeder goldfish are not the best choice of a staple food for your marine pets, but what about guppies or mollies? These are brackish fish that are frequently adapted to saltwater - do these provide better nutrition than feeder goldfish? The simple answer is "I don't know." My gut feeling is that because brackish-water fishes are somewhat intermediate, but are generally closer to the lipid profiles for freshwater than they are for saltwater species, guppies and mollies would likely be inordinately high in saturated fats as well. Probably closer to the roughly six times the amount of saturated fats found in the average brackish fish rather than the roughly twenty times as high likely to be found in goldfish, but still high nonetheless. Perhaps that makes these fish a better choice than goldfish for a live food item to be fed to your lionfish until it can be weaned onto frozen silversides or some other marine staple food. David Cripe of the Monterey Bay Aquarium tells me that he has used saltwater acclimated guppies as food for marine fishes that he has been rearing, but these are usually fed for only a short period of time until the larvae are switched onto other foods. It seems unlikely to me that the occasional feeding of saltwater acclimated guppies or mollies will prove to be a problem for marine predatory fish, but as I said earlier, this is just my gut feeling, and I am really just guessing here because there are no fatty acid profiles available for any of the aquarium species we're discussing here. However, given the data above it seems that ghost shrimp or even freshwater crayfish would be the best choice to feed your lionfish (or whatever) until you can train it to take frozen marine prey fish.