Instant Zooplankton® Products

Zooplankton are small animals that feed on phytoplankton (microalgae) or other zooplankton — the first food in the marine food chain. Reed Mariculture is proud to offer live zooplankton as well as our Instant Zooplankton® product line for aquaculture applications.

Our products include ROTIFERS (Brachionus plicatilis and Brachionus rotundiformis), COPEPODS (Parvocalanus crassirostris and Tigriopus californicus), BRINE SHRIMP EGGS (Artemia) and MYSID SHRIMP.


Rotifer: Brachionus plicatilis (L-type)

Reed Mariculture supplies pure cultures of a strain of Brachionus plicatilis (L-type) with a typical lorica length of about 160 µm. This species is euryhaline, capable of thriving in salinities of 5-40 ppt. LEARN MORE

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Rotifer: Brachionus rotundiformis (S-type)

Brachionus rotundiformis been used with great success in the larval culture of more than 60 species of marine finfish and 18 varieties of crustaceans.LEARN MORE

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Copepod: Parvocalanus crassirostris

Parvocalanus crassirostris is a small, pelagic calanoid copepod. LEARN MORE AT APBREED.COM

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NOTES: These animals will only accept live algae. PLEASE READ THE PRODUCT OVERVIEW BEFORE PURCHASING so you will be prepared to receive and care for your copepods.

Please call for orders larger than 100K - they will require 7 days notice. We normally ship this product on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so if you need it sooner, please call us. All orders will be shipped separately from any refrigerated and/or frozen product.

Due to longterm shipping conditions for international customers, we can only ship the nauplii (≤ 100 µm) because the animals are more durable at this life stage and shipment transit time must not exceed 5 days.

Copepod: Tigriopus californicus

Tigriopus californicus are attractive large (250-1700µm) red copepods that swim upwards with a stimulating, jerky swimming motion that is attractive to both fish and people. LEARN MORE AT REEFNUTRITION.COM

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Brine Shrimp Eggs

Our GSL Artemia 75% have an NPG count of 220,000. LEARN MORE

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Mysid Shrimp

Our Mysids are grown in a lab, in a close recirculating system with UV sterilization and are guaranteed to be disease free. They are great for finicky eaters such as wild-caught seahorses, reef tank inhabitants and other marine organisms that are hard to feed. LEARN MORE

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