Products for Breeders
SDaquarist is a mix of six marine microalgae – Isochrysis, Pavlova, Tetraselmis, Chaetocerous calcitrans, Thalassiosira weissflogii and Thalassiosira pseudonana – a blend of the most widely used marine microalgae, chosen by top universities and commercial aquaculture facilities for their superior nutritional value. LEARN MORE AT APBREED.COM
Brachionus plicatilis (L-type rotifer)
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. It is available in quantities from 1 million to 1.5 billion, concentrated and packaged into "breathable" bags.
For live rotifer orders in quantities larger than 5 million, please contact us for discounted pricing.
Prices and Shipping Times
|Millions of Rotifers||Price||Approximate Shipping Time|
|1 million||$20||1 - 3 business days|
|5 million||$75||1 - 3 business days|
|10 million (bulk)||$100 (volume discounts available)||1 - 5 business days|
Brachionus rotundiformis (S-type rotifer)
S-type rotifers are cyclical parthenogens (meaning they alternate between asexual and sexual reproduction. Parthenogenesis allows them to rapidly colonize an environment. Brachionus rotundiformis been used with great success in the larval culture of more than 60 species of marine finfish and 18 varieties of crustaceans.
For orders in quantities larger than 1 million, please contact us for discounted pricing.
S-type rotifers provide an excellent food source for hatchlings due to the following attributes:
- Easily captured due to their slow motility.
- Uniform distribution in the water column.
- Readily swallowed by larvae due to their small size (90-150µm).
- Their nutritional content can be enhanced to meet hatchling nutritional requirements by providing an optimized rotifer feed such as RGcomplete
RGcomplete is a super-concentrated microalgal-based premium quality feed and enrichment for rotifers and other filter-feeding invertebrates. It has been sized especially for Breeders, Aquarists, and Propagators and includes both a pH buffer and ClorAm-X® (ammonia neutralizer). It has a long refrigerated shelf life of at least 6 months. LEARN MORE AT APBREED.COM
Rotifer Floss is a new innovation for cleaning detritus and ciliates out of rotifer systems. Keeping the water and tank clean from detritus (rotifer waste) is critically important in maintaining healthy, stable cultures - especially in high density systems. Detritus contains high levels of bacteria which are sticky. Rotifer Floss is a loose weave filter that allows water to easily pass through it, but has a high surface area which the detritus sticks to.
Wrap around stand-pipe or hang vertically in culture vessel. To prevent floating, attach a small weight to the bottom edge. Do not lay on bottom of vessel.
Cleaning the Filter
When the floss is full of detritus simply lift the floss out of the rotifer tank, lets it drain for 10 seconds over the tank, then wash it down with a garden or pressure hose or in a sink. The detritus easily falls off the filter under pressure and it can immediately be put back into the rotifer system. It should take less than 1 minute for the entire process.
If you have a small rotifer system (1 to 20 gallons) we recommend stirring the water up and brushing free any waste sticking to the interior walls prior to putting the floss back in. This will lift detritus off the bottom of the tank and back into the water column where the floss will remove it.
In time, the floss will pick up color from the feed but this is not a problem. There is no downside to cleaning the floss more often.
Compact Culture System™
Live zooplankton such as rotifers and Artemia are essential first-feeds for the larve of many fish (for example, Clownfish). The APBreed Compact Culture System (CCS) is designed to make benchtop-scale culture of zooplankton easy and reliable.
The CCS combines a conveniently-sized 5-gallon bucket with a custom-made fitting that incorporates an aerator and a particulate waste trap. Aeration provides oxygenation and water circulation that draws particulate wastes into the trap (floss). LEARN MORE AT APBREED.COM
Rotifer Starter Kit
The Rotifer Starter Kit includes 1 Million rotifers, a 6 oz. bottle of RGComplete, and an 8" x 8" Rotifer Floss.
For more information about working with rotifers, see our rotifer support pages.
Parvocalanus crassirostris is a small, pelagic calanoid copepod. The nauplii (newly hatched larvae) are small measuring in the 40-100 µm range, making them a suitable feed for small-gape fish larvae. Adults are in the 200 to 400 µm range. LEARN MORE AT APBREED.COM
NOTE: 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.
Our Mysids are grown in a lab, in a close recirculating system with UV sterilization and are guaranteed to be disease free. They are free of parasites such as hydrozoans which is something that cannot be guaranteed from suppliers of wild caught mysids and plankton.
Please contact us directly and we'll set up the order for you to assure safe arrival of your zooplankton.
The mysids are 20 days or older. These animals are mature adults capable of reproducing. Their size range is 1/2 - 3/4 inch. They are great for finicky eaters such as wild-caught seahorses, reef tank inhabitants and other marine organisms that are hard to feed.
Note: Mysid shrimp are very difficult to culture because they are highly cannibalistic. Our mysids are sold as "feeds" and we are not able to provide support for culturing or propagating them.
Brine Shrimp Eggs (Artemia)
Not all GSL Artemia (Brine Shrimp Eggs) are the same quality. What one company may label as 90% may be equivalent to another company's 75%. The true measure of quality is the nauplii per gram (NPG) count and not simply a hatch rate designation. Our GSL Artemia 75% have an NPG count of 240,000.
These are among the highest quality available anywhere. These GSL cysts are over-wintered, washed, dried, and tested under strict guidelines before categorizing into the different hatch rate categories. Average nauplii size at hatching is 440 microns. GSL Artemia cysts are packed in 16oz (454g) vacuum sealed cans. Store in cool dry place (~4C).
ClorAm-X® is a unique, dry powder, water conditioner that has been scientifically formulated to remove, and thereby detoxify, ammonia, chlorine and chloramines from water for use in all types of fish and aquatic invertebrate culture.
ClorAm-X® should be used:
- when conditioning new water for aquariums, tanks, ponds, and live-haul containers
- after or during water additions
- before adding new plants, invertebrates, fishes or amphibians to an existing aquarium, tank, or pond
- to live-haul containers, during transportation of live fishes, amphibians, or aquatic invertebrates, to control ammonia in the shipping water