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Old 07-03-2012, 12:34 AM   #1
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Can I breed copepods?

I currently have a 55 gallon tank and really want to get a pair of psychedelic mandarins. I want them to thrive so I want to set up copepods. Can I do this?
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:43 AM   #2
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I currently have a 55 gallon tank and really want to get a pair of psychedelic mandarins. I want them to thrive so I want to set up copepods. Can I do this?
You could. Not sure how buy I've heard it's pretty easy. Or you can get ORA they are tank raised.

I'm not sure of you can have 2 in a tank. I could be wrong though.

http://www.sustainablereefs.com/?q=node/189

http://www.orafarm.com/products/fish...blue-mandarin/
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I have a trickle filter though idk if it'll work. I'm pretty sure an ORA pair of mandarins will cost me a lot. I rather set up a system of copepods, I like the challenge.
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I hear ya. I like the DIY route too. Just wanted to give you options. I may go the ORA route when ready.
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Well I'm ready now lmao I gave away my more aggressive fish to some of my friends and now I only have a maroon clown and it's anemone. He's peaceful tho. I want to set the copepods up so I can get the mandarins first and let them be in the tank for a while before adding more fish.
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Well I'm ready now lmao I gave away my more aggressive fish to some of my friends and now I only have a maroon clown and it's anemone. He's peaceful tho. I want to set the copepods up so I can get the mandarins first and let them be in the tank for a while before adding more fish.
Sounds like a plan! Be sure to take pics when you get them. Also I'd be curious how you do with the copepods.
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:26 AM   #7
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You will need a refugium more than likely to breed the copeoods in this way you have a constant supply. Manderins can blow through a pod population quickly. And at the price of pods it could get very pricey. I had a male green manderin and he was a beauty. I had him 5 days and he died. Didn't fully do my research and I didn't have constant pod supply and I thought I had plenty. I seen them at night everywhere but he quickly wiped them out. Goodluck with whatever u do!
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I've always wanted to set up a refugium. I just like it more than the trickle filter it's more organic. How much do you think it'd cost to set one up?
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My fuge was cheap. 8 dollar clip on work light from walmart, cheap timer, and macro from online is also cheap.

I enjoyed playing find the pods when i first got it up and running. Now they are everywhere! Literally hundreds per rock. Though i believe mine are amphipods though.
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I used my trickle filter to make a refugium
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