live copepods can be a transparent, tiny crustacean seen in saltwater and river. These small tiny aquatic crustaceans are diverse andhappen to be the most numerous metazoans (`metazoan means all multi celledanimals). Copepod environs vary from hyper saline conditions to river,from water collected in leaf litter or bromeliad leaves on the floor tosubterranean caves and from rivers, lakes, streams for the sediment-layer within theopen sea. Their habitats are the deepest oceans trenches for the highestmountain and in the hot hydrothermal vents for the cold polar cold water.Copepods may be free living symbiotic, or external or internal parasites onalmost all phylum of just living animal in water. The traditional duration of adultcopepods is 1 or 2 mm, but some adult copepods may be .2 mm and some may be 10mm or perhaps longer (when it comes to copepod parasites). Some copepod species areplankatonic _ (drifting in sea waters) and some are benthic_ (living on theocean floor). Ecologically the planktonic species are imperative links within the seafood chain linking tiny algal cell to small fish to whales. There is also thechance to become a mechanism to manipulate malaria by feeding on mosquito larvae& contrariwise are intermediate-hosts of many animal and human parasites.
Many smaller copepodsfeed on phytoplankton (catching cells singly). Some larger species arepredators of the smaller-relatives. Many benthic copepods species consume bacteriaor organic detritus that grow inside it. Their mouth parts focus on bitingand scraping. Herbivorous copepods, (in particular those rich in coldoceans), store-up energy using their diet as oil droplets but they eatduring the warm months and spring plankton blooms. Diversity in diets is imperative, asit gives many channels through which they could possibly get their required nutrients. Dietsrich in nutrients enrich the prospect of success amongst individualspecies or entire population. Copepods have become sensitive to metals forinstance copper, nickel, Zinc, and silver. Including such metals for the copepoddiet creates a reduction in their reproduction and feeding rates.
When mating, your grips the feminine copepod along with hisantennae, that this modifies for mating purpose. A mans copepod then producesa glue-package of sperm then transfers the sperm for the genitals openingin the female along with his thoracic-limp. Eggs are laid into the water, but somespecies enclose them (inside a sac) for the female copepod body until they hatchinto nauplius-larvae, which contain a smaller tail and head, but no trueabdomen or thorax. The nauplius moults five to six times, before growing as being a`copepod larva. At this point the larva resembles the adult copepod, but includes aunsegmented, simple body about three pairs of thoracic-limps. From a further 5moults, the `copepod larvae take are a grown-up.
How you can breed copepod
#Put your ten gallon water tank in the warm (68 to 77degree Fahrenheit) room.
#Attach mid-air hoses in your air pump.
#Dilute the phytoplankton as directed from the package instructions.Fill your breeding water tank using the phytoplankton until its two-third orone-half full.
#Run mid-air hoses through the holes
# Adjust the speed of ventilation
# Add the copepods into the breeding tank
#They will start to breed without delay (maturation from egg toa grown-up copepod normally takes 10-12 day).