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Old 11-02-2004, 10:31 PM   #1
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Coepods

What are aphipods and how do you get them in your marine tank?
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Old 11-02-2004, 11:30 PM   #2
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They are small beneficial Crustaceans that become food for fish and corals. They will usually make their way in on LR and LS. Otherwise you can buy cultures from places like http://www.ipsf.com/
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Old 11-03-2004, 01:10 AM   #3
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how muck live rock would any body reccomend for a 25 gallon tank for a moderate population of amphipods and coepods?
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Old 11-03-2004, 01:21 AM   #4
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25 - 50, depending on the density.
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Old 11-03-2004, 06:09 PM   #5
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what do you mean 25-50???
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Old 11-03-2004, 06:18 PM   #6
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I think he means 25-50 lbs depending on how your tank is set up (like how much rock will fit comfortably), 25 lbs being the minimum
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Old 11-03-2004, 06:21 PM   #7
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so maybe around 25 pounds of live rock for my tank.But how many months would it tanke to have a good population for a mandarin goby.I had one that ate live brine shrip but it sadly passed away(well dissapered).
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Old 11-03-2004, 06:38 PM   #8
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Oh yes, sorry, 25-50 lbs. I'd say around 30 or so for Fiji, you'll want more if you're getting Keys rock.

I sincerely doubt a Mandarin would survive in your tank, unless you bred copepods in another (MUCH LARGER) tank or purchased them from your LFS (provided your LFS is trustworthy and even sells them). Not a good idea in my mind.

You'd need well over what you could fit in your tank, even without considering swimming room.
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ok but I want to now if my fish are coepod eater,the fish I have are:1 fire goby,and 2 mollies.
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Old 11-03-2004, 08:49 PM   #10
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i believe you can breed them yourself. go to

www.sjwilson.net/reef/

look around and find where she tells about breeding the pods. she breeds these things in bottles! Ill need to learn to do this someday too but right now its not my top priority

I dont think fire gobies live off pods because ive got a purple one and he'll eat whatever i put in the tank. I dont know about mollies but the only fish i know that mainly live on pods are dragonets
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