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Old 03-03-2004, 10:21 PM   #1
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An interesting POD story....

...well only interesting to a certain type of person...

I recently added a sump to my system. I put a bed of new sand into the sump, transferred a scoop or two of aquarium sand into the sump and moved 1/2 of my LR from the tank into the sump.

Now, I've developed two distinctly different pod populations. In the sump, the pods are noticeably larger and faster than those in the aquarium. I mean triple the size and they run around like mad in the sump. Both have healthy populations.

I believe that both populations came from a common source.

Differences:
No light in the sump..therefore no vegetation either.
No fish predation in the sump. (but I have only 1 damsel in the tank and he isn't very active at hunting pods)
The pods in the sump really don't like light. Shine a flashlight on them and they take off!
Elapsed time: 2 months

Weird, eh?
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Old 03-03-2004, 10:26 PM   #2
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Actually its not too weird considering there is no light down there. They are very nocturnal and are only active above the sand at night. I would imagine with all the free time down there from no light and no predation, they are reproducing like crazy.

Glad to see you have a healthy LS population.
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Same species

...You think that they are the same species...just bigger? They look similar, but they are so much larger that it is hard to believe that they are the same species.

If that is true there is a lesson in this on what kind of conditions pods thrive in. I wonder...if I pulled the filter off the sump pump, would these pods get pulled into the tank to supply regular food source for someone like a mandarin fish..
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they sure would this is what a lot of people use fuges for, a constant supply of food for their main tank
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ya thats what I am thinking of doing. What do you feed theM?
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Old 03-04-2004, 08:39 AM   #6
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You think that they are the same species...just bigger? They look similar, but they are so much larger that it is hard to believe that they are the same species.
I would imagine they are the same species since you used the same sand in your tank to seed your sump with. They may simply get more to eat in the sump since they are always active, thus the larger size.

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I wonder...if I pulled the filter off the sump pump, would these pods get pulled into the tank to supply regular food source for someone like a mandarin fish..
I would think they wouldn't get past the sump pump's impeller alive. But I could be wrong.
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I would think they wouldn't get past the sump pump's impeller alive. But I could be wrong.
Probably true if a PH is used for the return but I've read that they pass right through a water pump.
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How do you know all of the pods you have are good pods?
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The main ones you will encounter are >>amphipods<< and >>copepods<<. There are many others but the likelyhood of getting them and their survival is quit slim. The predatory >>isopod<< is the one to look out for. They are rather large bodied, ovate with large eye's and some tend to attach to fish and feed. Not all are fish parasites but if found I would not take the chance.

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The main ones you will encounter are >>amphipods<< and >>copepods<<. There are many others but the likelyhood of getting them and their survival is quit slim. The predatory >>isopod<< is the one to look out for. They are rather large bodied, ovate with large eye's and some tend to attach to fish and feed. Not all are fish parasites but if found I would not take the chance.

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Cirolanid Isopod is the one that I believe your referring too!
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