What do copepods do?

What do copepods do?

Copepods (pods) are essentially required for any reef aquarium. They perform three important ecological tasks: (1) Graze on benthic microalgae, (2) scavenge detritus, and (3) serve as food for diverse zooplanktivores.

Where do copepods live?

Copepods are one of the most common and easily recognized types of zooplankton, found in almost every ocean, sea, and freshwater habitat, even in underground caverns. Copepods hatch from eggs, spending the first part of their lives as a mite-like, larval “nauplius”.

How did copepods get in my tank?

Copepods and amphipods are often naturally introduced into closed aquarium systems when live sand and or live rock has been added. They will begin to multiply and grow in the tank when the aquarium water temperature is slightly warmer and a food source is available.

Why are copepods so abundant?

Due largely to their high densities in the world oceans, they are estimated to be some of the most abundant metazoans on earth (Hardy, 1970). Copepods are also abundant in terrestrial systems where they may reach densities in excess of 100,000 individuals/m2 in wet organic soils (Reid, 1986).

Why do you need copepods?

Copepods are tiny creatures that can be found throughout the world, which means they are also a large part of the average ecosystem. They have two roles to play from helping to mitigate algae levels and being part of the marine life’s diet. They are great for your corals and removing microalgae from your tank.

How do you control copepods?

Applying chemicals to control copepods in water sources is one of three recognized ways to interrupt transmission, including provision of safe (copepod free) water sources and the use of filters and/or boiling drinking water.

Do copepods have eyes?

The copepod body is short and cylindrical. The head is usually rounded, though a few species have a rostrum. There is a median, unpaired, simple (not compound) eye, the “nauplius-eye”.

How do I reduce copepods in my aquarium?

Tip: Copepods are attracted to light – shine a flashlight in one area of the tank to gather a cluster of them together, then they can be easily removed from the tank via siphon.

What predators do copepods have?

Pelagic copepods have many predators, mainly among other copepods, chaetognaths, jellyfish, fish and even whales.