Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 12-14-2011, 02:01 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 74
Copepod Cultivation

I have ordered several different species of copepods... I have a 150g tank and plan on getting a mandarin in the next couple of months... I don't know how much live rock (in weight) that I currently have, however I do have quite a bit. The copepods are supposed to arrive today in the mail, I have a bottle of marine zooplankton I got a clearance a while back and I checked it today, I believe everything in it is dead. Will the copepods still eat it?

I am planning on planting some grass in the tank to allow more places for the copepods to hide once I introduce them into the tank... I will start them out in a refugium first... However I am curious if I supply enough places for the copepods to hide/breed if they will do so in the tank and eventually sustain a healthy population... The grass I am using is called "Mexican" something, apparently its extremely invasive... However a neighbor of mine has had it in their tank for almost two years now, with frequent trimming it stays under control and I think it looks great... Will that along with the live rock be adequate to sustain a population of copepods that will allow a mandarin to survive?

Ztkirkpatric is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2011, 03:01 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: ontario
Posts: 771
This seems to be a very touchy subject. I'm starting to think it depends on the individual. I have a mated pair of green mandarins in my 3 year old tank. They were on the brink of starvation in the lfs so I figured I would give it a shot to bring them back. Well now they are really fat and doin really well. I got them in may I think. There is still lots of pods that I see in my tank. I have a 120 gal with a 30 gal refugium . Lots of macro and rubble in the refugium. Some ppl might say they will die eventually but I do cultivate live brine every couple of weeks as well. That's all. Can tell you. A mated pair of mandarins are beautiful

Sqasnatch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2011, 05:55 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Regular
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 74
Does anyone know if they will eat the dead ZooPlankton?
Ztkirkpatric is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2011, 09:14 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,962
I had a "pod" tank that I was using to raise them so I too would have enough for a mandarin. But it wasnt a very big success unfortunately.

I now have a ora blue mandarin in my 29g biocube eating frozen foods and a scooter dragonet as well on prepared.

Keeping one is just a matter of time and dedication. I just read the newest issue of coral magazine where they said a larger tank isnt always the best place for a mandarin due to competing for food and the sheer size of the tank which makes target feeding impossible.

just some more food for thought.

Good luck
180g Reef - 60g Rimless Reef -90G FOWLR- 125g Malawi Cichlids- 40b REEF- 34g Fresh Planted-working on- 20L FOWLR- working on
I have a mix of many different saltwater fish amongst my tanks, but I love my Tangs most of all.
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2011, 05:43 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
xxStLxx's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: California
Posts: 277
I had a red manderin in my old 200g reef with 75g sump and he managed to eat all the pods in my tank within 2 months and after that he starved to death because attempting to target feed was almost impossible without someone else coming and stealing his food. I even did a HOB refugium on the sump to try and breed copes but to no success. Good luck to you though
xxStLxx is offline   Reply With Quote


Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
copepod refugium: need help stevedpepper Saltwater Reef Aquaria 6 08-31-2011 07:25 PM
Copepod question hiltymj Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 14 07-11-2011 05:36 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:38 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.