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Saltwater Amphipods

Saltwater Amphipods

These are Salt Water Amphipods!

Small "C" shaped shrimp that like to dart in and out of substrate. They are an excellent addition to any aquarium as they feed on detritus and help to balance the aquarium. Culture in a tub with light aeriation and give them plenty of places to hide. Feed once a day. Seahorses love these as well as other finicky eaters, and they are fairly easy to culture yourself, but a little hard to catch! These come in groups of 30 and groups of 100.

A Quick and dirty primer on Amphipods!

Cute little buggers ;)

      There's got to be a better way to feed my fish. Something that will grow in the tank, and provide a supplemental feed, exercise, and good clean fun. Gotta be good looking. Gotta have nutritional value: after all, I don't feed my fish potato chips or chocolate! Amphipods are the answer!

      Just put a starter of these little shrimp related critters in your tank and they will live and prosper if the conditions are right. First, you need a starter. Second, some plants and rocks! Amphipods will eat off the plants, live in the rocks, and provide food for hungry fish! These critters get up to a half an inch and look like little C's. But they straighten out when they swim, cling to rocks and hide when threatened, and will keep the tank "gardened"! They will not hurt corals!

      The female carries the eggs in pouches on her sides, and these will hatch when she molts. The little amphipod babies are about a thirty-secondth of an inch long, but they grow fairly fast. Within two weeks they are up to a quarter inch, and a month or so and they will be close to full sized! I once had a tucker sweater box which I seeded with about 30 pregnant females, and during the course of 6 weeks I started pulling them off and counted over 750 in that box!

      Temperatures can range from the low 30's to the high 80's F, but best temps seem to be in the 60 - 80 range. They acclimate to a wide pH range too, from 6.4 to 8.8. Amphipods are a win win situation. Salt Water mixed species!

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