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Old 03-26-2014, 05:12 AM   #1
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Breeding Copepods!

Would it be possible to breed copepods in a 1 gallon jar with chaeto, some live rock, and gravel with an led light for the chaeto?

There would be no filter or heater.

And every week or so, i'd just grab a cup full of water and throw it into my main tank for my mandarin?

And would I need to buy tisbe copepods or tigger copepods?
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:38 AM   #2
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A mandarin will require waaay more pids than a system like that will provide. I would suggest 2 air powered 10 gallon tanks so you can keep 2 cultures going in case one crashes. I would also start off with a phytoplankton culture as well so you can have food for them.

I would use both chaeto and PVC tubes for growing them. From my understanding they love the tubes and will breed prolifically in them.
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Do you suggest tisbe or Tigger pods?
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If you can teach him to eat frozen - that would be best.

I have one, and he loves to eat brine shrimp.

Tons of info on the web on how to teach them.
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No guarantee that they will continue to eat prepared foods. They tend to revert back to natural habits.
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No guarantee that they will continue to eat prepared foods. They tend to revert back to natural habits.

+1. That's why I've heard.
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No guarantee that they will continue to eat prepared foods. They tend to revert back to natural habits.
I wouldn't say they "tend" to but they have been known to from time to time. It's not a terribly common thing from what I understand.
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Tisbe are better! They crawl around more which is what the mandarin hunts! To culture you don't need any chaeto or rocks or tubes! Just an air pump and salt water! I have had a culture going for 2 months now! I only feed phyto feast and they do great! Once a week I strain out most of the pods and add them to my tank at night!
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Feeding mandarins live food from a feeder that eliminates competition from more aggressive fish is the way to go. There are 20 reports of a starving mandarin on the forums for every post that someone has raised one for a long time. They can eat thousands of pods in a sitting.
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Feeding mandarins live food from a feeder that eliminates competition from more aggressive fish is the way to go. There are 20 reports of a starving mandarin on the forums for every post that someone has raised one for a long time. They can eat thousands of pods in a sitting.
+1 exactly the reason I suggested a more complex breeding setup.
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