I'm slowly stocking my tank. It's about 3 months old now. After a year, I'm going to attempt a mandarin and I'm trying to prepare for the required pod population now. I've got about 160lbs of live rock (100lbs of it from lr
.com) and I noticed pods
RIGHT away. Since adding a few fish I've noticed the pod population drop significantly. They used to be all over the glass but I haven't spotted any in weeks. I don't have a fuge and I probably will not be adding one. I'm thinking 160lbs of lr
, if mature, should be able to support a mandarin in a year or so. I'm also adding lr
rubble in the bottom caves, under my rock to promote pod reproduction.
Now, are there any fish that I've added that may have contributed to the pod population drop? I read that clowns, watchman, and yellow tangs are pod eaters. I've got 2 clowns, 1 yellow watchman goby, 1 yellow tang - plus tons of crabs, 4-5 pistol shrimp, 3 peppermint shrimp, 1 skunk cleaner shrimp, 3 common urchins, 3 pencil urchins, snails and hermits. I'm willing to part with anything if it means the possiblity of grabbing a mandarin in the future.