As we have added many new species of Copepods to our website, you may be wondering which type of copepod is best for your fish species and tank…
There are many types of copepods here are the three main groups. These groups are as follows:
Compared to the other groups, harpacticoid copepods have an elongate body shape. Though these pods are pelagic during their nauplii stages, harpacticoid copepods then settle onto the substrate and assume a benthic lifestyle as adults. They are heavily detritivorous, but will happily eat any microalgal films they may find.
This copepod has a barrel-shaped body and is herbivorous also calanoida are the most abundant copepod group in the marine environment. Most calanoida live an entirely planktonic existence. Of the three major copepod groups, calanoida have the largest body size. Our calanoida species live a pelagic life; internationally they are used as a high-quality feed for larval and juvenile fish. They also swim with a jerky movement that is very attractive to young fishes.
This copepod has a pear-shaped body that ends in a rugged forked tail, cyclopoid copepods are distinguished by their very large and well-developed first antennae. Cyclopoids are true omnivores, consuming anything from fine particulate organic matter to bacterial plankton from the water column.
Here is a table we have created with a list of common marine fish species under each type of copepod:
|Spotted Mandarin||Dwarf Seahorses||Butterfly Fish|
|Dragonets||Juvenile Seahorses||Anthias Chromis|
|Scooter Blennies||Anthias Chromis||Black Coral|
|Dotty backs||Firefish||Chili Coral|
|Wrasses Gobies||Angelfish||Carnation Coral|
|Chili Coral||Butterfly Fish||Lace Coral|
|LPS Corals||Gorgonians Sun Corals||Porcelain Crabs|
|Ornamental Shrimp||LPS Corals||Jellyfish|
|Porcelain Crabs||Chili Coral|
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