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Old 12-08-2015, 09:52 AM   #1
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'pods with no fuge

Due to space constraints, my sump is fuge-less. What's the best way for me to raise pods? Can I just add some to the DT and hope for the best, or should I do the mason jar in the sunlight route?

Also, with my current stock of fish (clowns, damsels, goby) and the corals I have (see my 40 in my signature), would pods be needed now? Are they good to have anyway? FWIW, I will be adding a few more fish to the tank, and come spring, a bulb anemone.
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when I had my 30 set-up I made a small, 4"x7"x6", in-tank refugium out of acrylic I got at Home Depot and used PVC cement to glue it together. I put a little Fiji Mud and some fine sand in there, threw in a bunch of cheato and within 4 weeks it was teeming with pods that make their way out of it and into the tank proper. I had a small fountain pump mounted underneath and holes drilled in the opposite side. Worked great.






one other option is too create a safe zone for them. I have seen people use strawberry baskets filled with rubble and turned upside down on the sand. Then seed it with pods and the idea is that they will have a place that fish can not get to them.
Personally I had much better luck with the in-tank fuge.
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I already have a large acrylic box in my tank, the overflow for my beananimal. I'd rather not add another to the DT. If I knew that they could survive in the overflow box, I'd section off part of that. They'd get sucked into the sump and sent on a water slide ride from hell back into the DT...


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If you have a lot of porus LR in the tank they will hide and reproduce in the rock but you have to have so much.
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I have 40lbs of pukani....enough?

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I don't think so. I have 200 lbs in mine and I see the pods, stars and mini serpants all the time in the rocks but I understand you cant get that much in yours. As much as you can though. There might be times you have to add some pods though.
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Give the fish you have I don't think you have to worry about having pods. What do you want them for? If you have a mandarin goby sure, you have to have them or it will starve but if you don't need them as a food source I don't see the need to worry about it?
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Actually I was hoping to do a mandarin (not right away...in a couple of months), hence the question.

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40 with no fuge = 40 with no mandy
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40 with no fuge = 40 with no mandy
Not true. Tou can train a mandarin to eat reef frenzy. Dont believe me? Ill post two vids.


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