catching copepods and other small cultures in the Cape

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  1. hypn

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    Hi Guys,

    Always hear how easy it is to get copepods in Sea-Point Cape Town, I am keen to get into the rock pools and catch some but Sea-Point has one mass of rock pools, where should I be looking ?

    Any marine guys in the Cape possibly hitting rock pools in the next two weeks, I would love to join

    Andre
     
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    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i caught tons at Blouburg.
    Look in the rock pools near the high tide mark. All i did was take out a rock covered in seaweed (the pods seem to like Ulva) and shook it off in my bucket of water.
     
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    Hi Andre - I am not joining in, BUT, do have the following advice (many thanks to BrentV from Shelly Beach for this). Go in the evenings with a strong torch on a low tide, and shine the torch onto the surface of the water in a rockpool - then use a reasonably big'ish but FINE mesh net - and you should be able to catch a LOT of micro fauna critters in the rockpool - including pods/worms/etc......

    I know that between Gordon's Bay and Strand there are lot of awesome rockpools, alternatively, at Bloubergbeach's side - that are also a lot of decent rockpools....

    Good luck mate!
     
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    Thanks guys, will spend some quality time in those area's and see what I can find.
     
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    Let me know when you going to be collecting. If im free i would be keen to join.
     
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    Hi,

    looks like I am collecting next saturday unless you have some free time during the week. Unfortunately my nights are fully committed but low tide in day time could be great.

    Any Cape guys who can give me a tide table or direct me to a web site that can specify low tides ?

    any colupra doing the rounds, would love to take some back as well.

    thanks in advance

    Andre
     
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    What can you take out of the gordons bay/strand pools? im in gordsons bay and i thought due to the temp variation, anything i 'extract' would die :( Are there critters i can acclimate to warmer temps?
     
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    No, they will survive, even in higher salinity.
    I took a variety of critters out of seapoints rockpools and even without food and RO water top up, there are still different critters alive in a coke bottle.
    And that was around two months ago.
     
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    Go to www.satides.com, gives full breakdown of tidal cycles,

    i also need to get some pods for my tank need to hit the rockpools
     
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    Nice link thanks. Was starting to wonder what happened to low tide in Cape Town.
     
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    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    when/where are you planning on going? I might be available for fridays low tide and should be free all of saturday.
    Weahte this week doesnt seem to good for collecting. Low tide is at a good time on friday/saturday.
     
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    Looking at possibly collecting on Friday. Spent some time at SeaPoint and although the copepods were not abundant, I manage to find a few (I was not catching just seeing if it was worthwhile). These guys are massive in comparison to their Durban cousins.

    I am inclined to think that waiting a month with spring around the corner might yield incredible results (volume wise). Does anybody know if these guys have a higher breeding cycle in hot weather ?
     
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    where you you be collecting?
     
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