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Freshwater Copepod

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Live Copepod Culture for Sale

Freshwater copepods, Cyclops, constitute a vital part of the aquatic ecosystem. Measuring 0.5 - 3 mm in length, they are suitable for feeding larvae and early juvenile fish of various freshwater species. The extremely abundant copepods are found in nearly every natural freshwater habitat including rivers, lakes and even puddles. While providing a vital source of quality protein and overall nutritional value, copepods also allow accelerated flow of nutrients and minerals as they feed on small fragments of plant material and other aquatic detritus. Thus, copepods are considered one of the most important organisms in an aquatic ecosystem.

Culturing Freshwater Copepod
Since freshwater copepods are accepting of a wide range of water parameters, cultivation can be achieved with ease. For optimum production however, a consistent source of light, food, and gentle aeration is recommended. Culture container size can be adjusted according to desired output. Optimum parameters for copepod culture lies between a pH of 7-8 and a temperature of 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit. For highest productivity and nutritional value, feeding green water is recommended. Due to very similar culture requirements, copepods can be cultured in conjunction with other organisms such as Daphnia magna and various other freshwater crustaceans.