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    Copepods!

    I've been trying to keep these little guys alive for some time now maybe 2 weeks.

    Things seem to be doing very very well.



    A C6 momma copepod big enough to see. She's about 0.7mm big, is swimming above the marimo ball.



    In the middle is a copepod C1-C4 it has grown it's 4th segment and tail.

    Adult copepods have 6 stages of life denoted by c1 through c6. The juvenile copepods are denoted by n1-n6. They have 12+1 stages of life. 12 metamorphosi and their breeding phase. In the microscopic picture the large c1-c4 copepod is about 0.2 mm large. There are smaller round n1-n6 copepods on the lower have of the picture.

    Copepods!!: Copepods!! - YouTube

    These two are fighting over a piece of phytoplankton aha

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    I Am the Terror Of the Night! NemJones's Avatar
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    I love copepods!
    Such interesting little life forms.will be watching

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    Copepods!: Copepods! - YouTube

    There's just so many lol, that bottle only holds 9ml of water and that is a marimo moss ball

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    Very cool! I used to have a large culture of copepods going in most of my Aldrovanda cultures, but eventually they completely disappear. Whatever species I have seem to require a dry diapause period.
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    Never heard of that? That's neat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clue View Post
    Very cool! I used to have a large culture of copepods going in most of my Aldrovanda cultures, but eventually they completely disappear. Whatever species I have seem to require a dry diapause period.
    Anytime you're working with cultures of crustaceans, you need to continuously start new cultures as older ones inevitably crash.
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    Oh okay yeah I cycle my water through... 7? Tanks so they should be good...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubRosa View Post
    Anytime you're working with cultures of crustaceans, you need to continuously start new cultures as older ones inevitably crash.
    Yeah, I used to keep several buckets outdoors that I'd periodically flood and dry to keep ostracods and copepods, but I've abandoned them in favor of more low maintenance long-term residents like Neocaridina shrimp.
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