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Old 02-06-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Copepods

Where do these guys come from?

Do they need to be seeded?

Are there any live cultures that actually work?
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I buy my pods from reefs2go and have good results. They will multiply in live rock, sand, and macro algae. If you want them to succeed, you will need a well stocked refugium.
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If you want them to succeed, you will need a well stocked refugium.
The refugium's only benefit is the lack of predation? Or is there something else the refugium provides?
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Usually people don't have masses of macro algae in their tank. A refugium is a place for exactly that. Lots of rock rubble, algae and low flow.

The lack of presentation is of course supporting the growth rates
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The refugium's only benefit is the lack of predation? Or is there something else the refugium provides?
The refugium does a lot. IMO the most important is filtration. The macro algae will help clean your tank naturally. Another benefit is its ability to help with ph swings. I have my refugium on a reverse lighting system which helps keep my ph up when it's night time. And then of course there is a lack of predation in the refugium b/c it is a 'refuge'.
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All of the above are correct, but in terms of producing a large reproducing pod population it is due to lack of predators and more places for them to live and reproduce.
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But you have to supply them for the first time?
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Usually a good idea. I've tried several of the bottled varieties, never as happy as ordering them from reefs2go.
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But you have to supply them for the first time?
I seeded my tank from one of my lfs' refugiums. Paid them $5 for a massive bag full of algae which of course had some in there. Reseeded again a few months later to be safe. Maybe ask your lfs if they would spare you some.
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Everytime you buy a frag on a rock, some algae, life rock or anything else from an established tank you carry some home. Odds are you already have them.
Check your glass after your lights went of, there should be white specs on the glass...
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