How to culture copepods?

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I'm going to... Just have to decide what type of tank / container I wanna use. I like the margarita tank idea. Easier to empty. If I let them live right next to my tank would the overspill of light effect the growth ?

Phyto is another thing I need to work thru. If I can master it I would save 40 bucks a month
Not super hard. Need light. Heat if cold. I used a light
 
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I'm going to... Just have to decide what type of tank / container I wanna use. I like the margarita tank idea. Easier to empty. If I let them live right next to my tank would the overspill of light effect the growth ?

Phyto is another thing I need to work thru. If I can master it I would save 40 bucks a month
Next to your tank will be fine.
Phyto is not difficult either, the most important thing is to sanitize everything before starting, I use rubbing alcohol, clean everything and then rinse with tap water. Then your off.
 

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I use some repurposed pretzel containers and made them into what Poseidon systems sells. I like that they are larger and didn’t cost much. I use flex led light around the phyto and no light on the pods. No heat in either culture. I bought bags from Amazon to put inside so I don’t have to wash them out, just sanitize lids. I keep the pod culture going all the time, but the phyto maybe once every two months or so, it makes so much. I use a fertilizer from Mercer of Montana for the phyto, and feed the phyto to the pods.
 
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Right I always keep about 1/3 of the container to start it back up. Dose 2 tanks with a 1/3 gallon each, save 1/3. Feed other stuff in between the time it takes to regrow. Picture also on another thread. I have a cycle that I reset ever 6 days about. Pods in back jar.
 

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I used one of those drink dispensers like for parties or ice tea. I just open the spout let the water drain into a seive or a bowl, clean and start again. Also would drain some water out for the tank into a seive and just replace water and phyto. Grew my own phyto too. Should do this again...

What are you using as a seive to capture the copepods when you drain the tank?
 
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I use some repurposed pretzel containers and made them into what Poseidon systems sells. I like that they are larger and didn’t cost much. I use flex led light around the phyto and no light on the pods. No heat in either culture. I bought bags from Amazon to put inside so I don’t have to wash them out, just sanitize lids. I keep the pod culture going all the time, but the phyto maybe once every two months or so, it makes so much. I use a fertilizer from Mercer of Montana for the phyto, and feed the phyto to the pods.
Super late reply but what do you search for when looking for the bags on Amazon? I just keep getting ziplocks for results
 

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Super late reply but what do you search for when looking for the bags on Amazon? I just keep getting ziplocks for results
use words like "mesh sieve" and "100 micron mesh" or "100 micron sieve", that should bring up more options. I bought some "brine shrimp sieves" from amazon, then later bought different size micron meshes from amazon and made my own different size sieves
 

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use words like "mesh sieve" and "100 micron mesh" or "100 micron sieve", that should bring up more options. I bought some "brine shrimp sieves" from amazon, then later bought different size micron meshes from amazon and made my own different size sieves
Not looking for the sieve bug that bags that the other poster uses inside his container instead of having to sanitize every time. Kind of like the Poseidon reef bags. I want to build a setup and would rather use the bags. Poseidon reef sells 20 bags in a refill for $15. That sounds loins a crazy
 
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