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In Arizona we have a product available called Reef Chowda (previously Reef Stew). It's an amazing blend of live phyto, rotifers, pods, and brine shrimp. It would probably be hard to get a live mix and ship it since everything in the bag feeds on something else in the bag, but it'd be great to be able to mail order something similar.
 
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In Arizona we have a product available called Reef Chowda (previously Reef Stew). It's an amazing blend of live phyto, rotifers, pods, and brine shrimp. It would probably be hard to get a live mix and ship it since everything in the bag feeds on something else in the bag, but it'd be great to be able to mail order something similar.

I LOVE the idea! My only concern is that mixing phyto and pods can make phyto dosing challenging, and also that the phyto makes it nearly impossible for people to verify the presence of the pods. It's a great idea though, and something that's been in the back of my mind for a bit!
 

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In Arizona we have a product available called Reef Chowda (previously Reef Stew). It's an amazing blend of live phyto, rotifers, pods, and brine shrimp. It would probably be hard to get a live mix and ship it since everything in the bag feeds on something else in the bag, but it'd be great to be able to mail order something similar.
Funny you mention Reef Chowda, up until last week it was out of stock everywhere. I feel like everyone gets there's from the same dude lol
 

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Funny you mention Reef Chowda, up until last week it was out of stock everywhere. I feel like everyone gets there's from the same dude lol
They do. @SawCJack00 's son-in-law makes it. He's the only farmer and wholesales to the local shops. He doesn't ship or sell to individuals but it's amazing stuff. I was happy that new shop at 19th and Union Hills is selling it. A lot closer than Ocean Floor for me!
 

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They do. @SawCJack00 's son-in-law makes it. He's the only farmer and wholesales to the local shops. He doesn't ship or sell to individuals but it's amazing stuff. I was happy that new shop at 19th and Union Hills is selling it. A lot closer than Ocean Floor for me!
Oh that's wild, good to know! I add anywhere from 1 or 2 cups of it to my tank a week and any time I ask which pods are in it, all I'm told is "copepods and tiggers" which seems kind of.. vague? Other than tiggers, any idea what types of pods are in the chowda?
 

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Oh that's wild, good to know! I add anywhere from 1 or 2 cups of it to my tank a week and any time I ask which pods are in it, all I'm told is "copepods and tiggers" which seems kind of.. vague? Other than tiggers, any idea what types of pods are in the chowda?
I know it has rotifers, a blend of phyto, brine shrimp, and I forget the copepods he uses. I think Aquaholics may have the types of pods listed, but I can't recall?
 

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One option is to read the book "Zooplankton of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts: A Guide to their Identification and Ecology" (2nd edition) by Johnson and Allen to identify other species that you can propagate in your facility.

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One option is to read the book "Zooplankton of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts: A Guide to their Identification and Ecology" (2nd edition) by Johnson and Allen to identify other species that you can propagate in your facility.

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So you're saying they need to sell the book???
 

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...I was hooked by the time I got to the section called "Less Common Ciliated Invertebrate Larvae"!

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