Australian Red Desert Copepods


(5 customer reviews)

These live Copepods are an excellent food source for your seahorses, seadragons, pipefish, longhorn cowfish, boxfish etc. As you well know live foods provide your tank inhabitants with good nutrition as well as providing them with plenty of exercise chasing down the live food. Coming from Aquatic Live Food you know these aquacultured Copepods have been feeding on the best quality foods available so the copepod’s stomach will also be full of quality feed increasing the nutritional value of your tank inhabitants.

The 250ml bottle should* provide 4-5 days of food for your tank.

Should* is based on 5 seahorse feeds.


Species: Red Copepod Calamoecia Salina

Our special Australian Red Desert Copepods are much larger than many other copepods for sale on the Australian market. As they have no predators they are much slower than regular copepods. You can find these copepods on the surface mid-water and lazing on the bottom. They will survive at least 7 days in the fridge and once acclimated again they are ready to use.


All these red copepods need is a little live alga to keep their size. They are full of HUFA (highly unsaturated fatty acids), which is just what your aquaria need. Seahorses, pipefish, pygmy squid and sea moths love Australian desert copepods!



  • If you are interested in buying this product please click on the waitlist the more interest the more likely to return as a standard line.
  • This particular copepod is also seasonal from April to – End of November.


If you are living in Tasmania and want to purchase Australian Red Desert Copepods, you will need to complete a Tasmanian Government interstate wildlife import permit.


More About Aquatic Live Food…

Above all, our mission is to supply Australian aquariums with sustainable land farmed premium aquaria. This aims to stop the removal and destruction of coral reefs for the wild-caught aquaria*.

Therefore, we are now able to provide continuous high-quality production of popular live foods.

Aquarists of all skill levels can now have a real chance at breeding their own favourite Pipefish, Cowfish, Mandarin fish, Shrimp and more. Being able to provide essential live food that’s required for newborn and juvenile Aquaria.

Finally, Australian Red Desert Copepods are only one of the many products we are proud to offer at Aquatic Live Food. Check out our website for many more exciting products in store!


Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions N/A

250ml, 500ml

5 reviews for Australian Red Desert Copepods

Powered byCusRev
Based on 5 reviews
  1. Ben

    Very good – I would buy again / recommend.
    My order arrived promptly, was well packaged and the bottle was full of pods (they are larger and redder than I expected!)
    My Chromis (which eat almost anything) devoured them with gusto, but I have no comment how they go with fussy eaters.
    Happy reefing!

    (0) (0)
  2. Andrew Hill

    Red Copepods are the way to go, my seahorses really loved them as did the pipefish this is the 4th time I have bought them and always fast delivery and always alive. Wish the aquarium shop had them so more people could try them for their fish.

    (0) (0)
  3. Brian Maitland

    These Red copepods make for an excellent feed for my tank inhabitants. They are so RED and stand out and they are quite slow moving, my Mandarin got stuck right into them as did the pipefish. I was a good suggestion to put them in when the lights were out, as they are not afraid of any fish they just get eaten. I will be defiantly be buying these more often for my fish. Thanks B.

    (0) (0)
  4. Anonymous (verified owner)

    The red copepods were all dead on arrival. Possibly due to Australia post holding up the delivery.

    (0) (0)
    • Graeme Potter (store manager)

      Hi Adam, all the other live goods arrived alive, the higher salinity of the red copepods means they are more susceptible to less oxygen in longer transit. Happy to replace.

  5. Margaret (verified owner)

    Arrived alive and well.

    (0) (0)
Add a review

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.