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Old 10-13-2013, 07:52 PM   #11
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I wouldnt think of adding a mandarin to a tank with a puffer and damsel. The dragonettes are somewhat hardy but I think a damsel might be too too much for it. My mandarin is constantly hunting, every single minute of the day. Rock in the DT wont be enough to keep a pod colony going for a mandarin. BUT if you get an ORA mandarin you have a better shot at it eating prepared foods. My ORA one did not eat pellets or flakes or anything but pods though, at least for the first month. Thats where the pods and fuge came into lay. If I hadnt had the refugium set up I guarantee the mandarin would have starved in the month that it took me to get her eating prepared foods. They can decimate an entire pod colony in days, they do nothing but hunt and eat all day/
Good to know thank you, yes I forgot to mention that I'm basically starting over. The damsel and puffer will be going back to lfs so I can start a non aggressive reef tank.
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:54 PM   #12
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ahh good, thats a start. Is there a reason you dont or cant have a refugium? Thats really the best bet when wanting to get a pod population going.
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:39 PM   #13
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I just went to a lfs yesterday and the guy recently set up a 120 and put a pile of rubble in the the back of the tank then built his rock work over and around it for a pod population. Looks like it will work pretty good. Maybe try that. I have a 20 long fuge on my 55 and I really don't have a good population in the DT or the fuge. I find few in my filter sock weekly and see some monsters in my fuge but not enough to sustain a fish that would rely on them. I have a couple peppermints in my fuge, I'm not sure if they snack on them. Maybe ill put a small hob with rubble in my sump and see if I can get some population.
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Your wrasse is probably eating all your pods. A few months back I had a large pod population and I got a wrasse and now in a months time when I turn out the lights to look for pods I see less then a quarter of what I had just saying
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:20 PM   #15
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Your wrasse is probably eating all your pods. A few months back I had a large pod population and I got a wrasse and now in a months time when I turn out the lights to look for pods I see less then a quarter of what I had just saying
Oh I'm sure. That dude is always picking of the rocks but my sump to is pretty low.
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ahh good, thats a start. Is there a reason you dont or cant have a refugium? Thats really the best bet when wanting to get a pod population going.
I do have plans to set up a sump at some point but I need lights first. I don't have a huge budget for this hobby so I'm going slow, one piece at a time but I still want to have as cool a tank as possible in mean time, ya know
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I just went to a lfs yesterday and the guy recently set up a 120 and put a pile of rubble in the the back of the tank then built his rock work over and around it for a pod population. Looks like it will work pretty good. Maybe try that. I have a 20 long fuge on my 55 and I really don't have a good population in the DT or the fuge. I find few in my filter sock weekly and see some monsters in my fuge but not enough to sustain a fish that would rely on them. I have a couple peppermints in my fuge, I'm not sure if they snack on them. Maybe ill put a small hob with rubble in my sump and see if I can get some population. Stock: 6 line wrasse, hawk fish, yellow striped maroon, fire shrimp and a royal gramma.
Yes I was thinking of just building a substantial rubble pile under all my live rock, adding pods and seeing what their population looks like after a month
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What size tank are we talking here?
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:15 AM   #19
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I doubt you will be able to keep a mandarin in a 36 gallon tank. Not unless it's eats prepared foods. A single mandarin will empty a tank like that of pods in about a week.
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