Copepods And Pytoplanktin

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Nathan wu

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Hi all! ive been doing fresh water for quite some time now and i want to switch to salt water. i am currently trying to build a sump with a refugium but online, many people put copepods and phyoplanktin. i was just wondering why are they so important. Thanks!
 

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They help reduce detritus and eat all sorts of bad things that are in the water column. Plus they help feed certain fish that are finicky.

They are just all positive things about them granted you don't have to have them at all.
 

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Essentially copepods are tiny little critters that add to the bio-diversity of a tank. They help break down all sorts of foods and some fishes will eat them. You'll get pods in your tank even without seeding if you decide to get live rocks, add in corals, etc...

You add phytoplankton to feed the copepods and they'll reproduce. You don't have to add phytoplankton to your tank at all unless you keep things like clams, and certain filter feeders where they require food as such.
 
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