I just wanted to give a bit of an update and possibly get some information or sympathy...hahaha...
It all started with a slight bout with Ich (Hippo Tang). In my hopes to avoid treating the fish with copper I tried lowering my salinity and raising the temp. That did not work. What it did do was decimate my pod population, which, in hindsight I did not even consider although I know that crustaceans do not fair in low salinity.
At any rate I treated the Hippo in my QT with Coppersafe, which worked great, I would use it again if I needed to. Within one week the ich had dropped off and within 4 weeks the fish was back home and has been extremely healthy for the last 2 months. Could take longer for a more serious case I suppose, but I was very happy with coppersafe.
So now everything is back in harmony in my 75 gal
. I was hoping that the pod population would return to normal however I am finding that it is not.
My question is this: Is there anything I can do to try to boost my current pod population which I swear is about 3...hahaha...that's just not funny. OR should I buck up and load up on live sand and more rock. Thanks