copepods and amphipods

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  1. hypn

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    Hi everybody,

    I am trying to find some copepods and amphipods to add to my marine tank while there are no Sea-Horses yet. I have specifically catered for their ability to breed and hide as this would not become the main diet of the seahorses.

    Is there anybody online with cultures for sale, a few in a bag would be great as I am not seeing any seahorses moving in for some time in the foreseeable future.

    Would appreciate any help, direction or advice

    Andre
     
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  3. Annoying

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    You acn just buy a few kg's of live rock. Thre's ample of copepods in and on it. it would be best to have chaeto in your sump as this is a great place for them to breed and spread with nothing eating it.
     
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    copepods

    Thanks for the advice, live rock is a option but at this stage I would like to keep the tank with as little live rock as possible. If the seahorses do arrive the aim is to keep the tank more seahorse movement friendly.

    I was convinced I saw Sterlig Nursery sell them with there Brian shrimp delivery's. (the small bags supplied to the pet shops) can anybody possibly confirm this ?

    Once again any cultures would also be appreciated and gladly payed for
     
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    Hi HYPN

    No those was most properly daphnia - a freshwater species of fish food.

    I have Mysis shrimps in most of my systems, catching a few might be difficult will have a look at options. Otherwise buy a few pieces of live rock out of those units and return them for credit when you pick up the horses.;)
     
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    Hypn, if we're referring to the bags at sterlig below the sera stad then those are brine. I think all were unless they brought some other out. I looked there yesterday.
     
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    PS. copepods & amphipods will be in there as well :)
     
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    Andre,

    Welcome to the forum...I think I have missed your introductory thread.

    Knock on brenda's (Anemone) door she is clued up on this (seahorses I mean).
     
  9. hypn

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    thanks guys

    Hi,

    For those that missed my previous "intro" I am a ex seahorse keeper/breeder who has started up again. Specialised in breeding dwarf seahorses and supplied several aquariums in SA. As always the bug returns and I am back, setup running and now just waiting to get some ponies.

    The Sterlig ones were approx. five weeks ago (if not longer) and they were not daphnia (I should have asked at the time). As the ex-supplier of "Sea Monkeys" in South Africa I have pretty much had my fill of brine shrimp.

    Actually scary how people struggle keeping the sea-monkeys (brine shrimp) alive.
    have you got liverock in stock MOOLIS - should I be buying and swapping at you, since you might be supplying my ponies ? - LOL

    In all seriousness, if life rock is the only way to go then could I ask for recommendations for good life rock suppliers at reasonable prices ?

    Thanks for all the help guys - much appreciated

    Andre
     
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    Pods reproduce fast if there is nothing to eat them... Best would be not to put it where it can be eaten. If you get good quality live rock you'll be getting more forms and strains of pods and a greater population. Also wit allot of hiding places the pods also reproduce faster. Haha I baught about 5 years ago asea-monkey set... they died in a week:lol:
     
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    Guys, Sterlig is not a sponsor and they've been mentioned 3 times in this thread already - take it easy will ya ;)
     
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    oops - sorry, did not mean to push a non- supporter
     
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    4 times now... :lol::lol:
     
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    Unlike other mods Tobes actually read the threads, instead of speedreading..... Well done Tobes
     
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    Hypn - MY BEST suggestion would be to be patient - and to start a "refugium first off" - with a lot of macro algae (ie chaetomorpha - I found that chaetomorpha offers the best "breeding ground" for all pods).... As well as a DSB - with some decent live rock over it. Then - once you have this refugium running - run water from this refugium into the tank you want to keep your sea-horses in. Also ensure that you have a LOT of macro algae and live rock in the tank where you want to keep your sea-horses.

    The combination of these 2, would / should ensure ample live food for your sea horses..... In addition to that - you can also breed brineshrimp - to add to their diet.

    I hope that this helps.

    To answer your question - NO - no-one in South Africa sells only pod cultures and live pods, as a food source (been there - done that - I too once tried keeping sea horses alive - I managed one year)....
     
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    Nice reply - thanks Jacquesb

    One year with seahorses is not bad especially since they normally arrive in South Africa in a badly starved position and continuous feeding is one of the few things that might help them pulls thru
     
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    Andre,

    I think the best bet is to try and get a bit of chaeto or live sand from a few reefers to get a nice population going, I am happy to oblige
     
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    Welcome back to MASA , Andre !
     
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    That is unfortunate. For anyone wanting to learn how to raise cultures:

    How to Raise Copepods and Rotifers
     
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    why ?

    Is there a reason why we do not have large cultures available on purchase in South Africa. Yesterday while admiring all the dwarf seahorses for sale on Ebay I came across bottles of instant cultures.

    Why can't we purchase these cultures in South Africa, are they honestly considered livestock ?

    Just asking ?
     
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