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Old 06-30-2012, 07:32 PM   #1
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How to put in copepods?

Had a very skinny Lawnmower blenny and was advised that they eat pods in addition to algae. I bought 3 bottles of Zooplanktos-M for him but now I'm not sure it's the right thing. The bottle says its copepods but recommends target feeding. I wanted them to grow in my tank. Can someone tell me specifically what I need? I hope he's still alive. I have a 210 gal with a 50 gal sump. The sump has live rock in it too.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:59 PM   #2
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You can add directly to the main tank or the sump. Probably best to put in at night, kill the lights and power heads. That gives them a chance to settle into the rock where they should be able to reproduce.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:33 PM   #3
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Ok, thanks. On the bottle, it advised to add smaller quantities and give your biological filter a chance to adjust. If these are animals? Then why will they affect the filtration?
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:09 PM   #4
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Yes copepods are tiny invertabrates.. I cannot imagine they would have any major effect on your system. If anything I suppose they could be considered part of the clean up crew in addition to a food source.
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Everyone seems to think they lack in copepods just because they don't c any. The truth is u probably have tons unless u don't have any LR in ur tank or sump. U can increase the number of pods by simply creating small piles of LR rubble where the pods can multiply without any predators disturbing them. If u would take a flashlight and cover it with a blue lens, u would b amazed at the amount of pods that come out after dark. I have a Psychedelic Dragonet that is getting fat on the copepods in my 30 Gal. tank. I Don't feed him or my tank anything. I use to give the tank Phyto Feast but learned its a waste of money. I also target fed my corals with Oyster feast and Arctic Pods. Not any more. My dragonets waste seems to supply enough nutrients to keep my corals happy
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If I do have them, then my Lawnmower Blenny has other problems. I am going to so the flashlight thing and see.
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Not 100% sure. But don't think those are live copepods. You need live ones to start or build on a population. Do you have anything else in the tank picking off your population?
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How can I buy live ones?
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There's a few companies out there. ALAGEN and dr. G's are two that I use. They both sell online and ship overnight.
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How can I buy live ones?
I've had great success using Reefs2go, ask for Nikki.

I turn the lights, power heads and pump off for about an hour covering the tank with a blanket to block the light from the tv. The. After about an hour I'll turn the power heads on and then pump and skimmer.
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