Canada Copepods

Copepod Speed and Strength

Copepod Speed and Strength
Most people are familiar with the factoid that ants are able to perform herculean feats of strength, lifting many times their own body weight, but how many people know that copepods give ants a run for their money not only in the population game, but also in sheer athleticism?

Photosynthesis and Copepods

Photosynthesis and Copepods
Photosynthesis, the process by which light is converted into chemical energy is usually thought to only take place in the realm of plants and algae, but  some animals also make use of this life sustaining mechanism.

The Clownfish

The Clownfish
Clownfish larvae’s small mouths limit the type of food that they can ingest, and many novice breeders have lost their hatches by not having the right food available. During the first two weeks of their lives, clownfish larvae will eat rotifers; typically measuring 90-160 µm, they are the perfect size to provide a meal.

The Longnose Hawkfish

The Longnose Hawkfish
Oxycirrhites typus aka the longnose hawkfish is a reef aquarium favourite. What’s not to love about this fish, with its red and white checkered patterning, elongated mouth and prominent dorsal fin?

Microplastics

Microplastics
Zooplankton, such as copepods, that come into contact with microplastics often mistake them for food, as they can be the same size as their natural food.

Mandarinfish

Mandarinfish
Mandarins are considered difficult to keep in captivity because of their specific feeding habits. In the wild they will continuously feed during the day, pecking at prey found on the substrate in their territory, which consists mainly of copepods.

Calanoida - Copepods With Heart

Calanoida - Copepods With Heart
To date there have been about 2000 species described in the copepod order Calanoida, which is probably just a fraction of what is left to be discovered. 

Harpacticoida

Harpacticoida
The harpacticoids are an order of mostly benthic (living on surfaces) copepods found all over the world; living in the ocean, lakes, moist soil, groundwater…basically anywhere you can find water you can find a harpacticoid copepod, although most species are marine. Click Here To Read More.

Copepod Morphology

Copepod Morphology
The bodies of copepods can be extremely different during their different stages of life as they change from nauplius to copepodid to adult. The body structure of copepods also has large variation between species, but in general they share physical traits that unite them as a group and visually mark them as copepods.

Copepods: More Than Just Reef Food

Copepods: More Than Just Reef Food
So you know that copepods make a healthy meal for the inhabitants of your reef, but what else do they do? It turns out that copepods are more important to the planet than you might think, and have more use to people beyond their inclusion in aquariums.

Larval Fish-Copepod Feeding Interactions

Larval Fish-Copepod Feeding Interactions
Have you ever had trouble feeding or keeping baby fish?

What are Rotifers?

What are Rotifers?
What are rotifers, beyond tiny organisms that you feed to your reef? Although rotifers are for the most part microscopic, they are in fact multicellular animals belonging to their own ancient group which can be found all over the world.
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