From the Breeder's Registry Database, here are just a few reports that show how copepods and amphipods were used as a food source when hatching and rearing the following species of marine fry.
Here are other species that actively pick at live rock and sift the substrate in search of these tasty little morsels, which in turn helps to naturally control their populations in a saltwater aquarium or reef tank system.
- * Mandarinfishes: Synchiropus splendidus, ocellatus, picturatus, stellatus, and Dactylopus dactylopus species.
- Actually Dragonets, Mandarinfish are members of the Family Callionymidae.
- Sand Sifting Gobies
- * Sleeper Gobies (Valenciennea sp.)
* Signal/Crab Eye Goby (Signigobius biocellatus)
- Midas Blenny (Ecsenius midas)
- Unlike most of its close relatives, this species feeds mostly on zooplankton, rather than algae.
) are one of the main live food sources of adult Seahorses, as well as newly hatched fry. They will wrap their tails around something stable and then feast on them as they swim or float by.
- Most Firefishes are planktivores and feed mainly on prey suspended in the water column, but may occasionally pick these bugs or other food off the substrate.
- Most Angel, Butterfly, Hawk and Wrasse fish species spend their days picking small crustaceaous life forms from rocks, corals, and the sand. Since copepods and amphipods are shrimp-like crustaceans, these types of fish do not consider them to be a primary food source, but may opportunistically feed on them to some extent when they are present.
- Carnivorous Crustaceans
- Many species of Shrimps, True Crabs, Hermit Crabs, as well as other crustaceans that are carnivores.
- Carnivorous Invertebrates
- Many SPS corals and other animals such as Gorgonians and other soft corals feed on plankton, as well as get nutrition from plankton byproducts.
Now don't get us wrong. We are not suggesting you immediately run out and buy some of these fish. The ones that are marked with the *
are species that feed on these little bugs as their primary
food source. They are challenging to keep, require a well established aquarium with a heavy bug population present to live on, or they may starve, and should not be kept with aggressive fish where they have to compete for food . They are definitely not
good fish for beginners, or for newly started aquariums. Do your research and learn all about any of these fish BEFORE you consider keeping one. Their survival depends on you knowing how to properly care for them, and besides, some are not compatible with each other or may be harmful to other ornamental inhabitants.
So what do you do if your aquarium does not have a good bug population present to sustain these types of fish and you don't want to wait around until one develops, or their numbers are taking over the aquarium and you want to control or remove them?
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