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Old 06-17-2008, 07:51 AM   #11
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I'm not sure about the reporduction of the pods you buy such as tiger pods...I wouldn't suggest putting a mandarin in a tank that is less then 1 year old and has 1.5 to 2 lbs of LR per gallon. Also having a fuge on the system is just about a must have. If you are lucky enough to get a mandarin to eat something other then live food then you may be ok. They are difficult fish to keep. It is much better to put them into a mature system with a lot of LR and a fuge supplying lots of pods. Those Tiger pods can get very expensive!
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Old 06-17-2008, 03:15 PM   #12
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Pat and Marc,

Tiger pods are only 1 type of copepod. Mandarins like variety. The Ocean Pods at least are 3 different varieties. I bought a detrivore kit from ISPF, Inland Aquatics and a buy in Philly who occasionly sells a kit on eBay. The eBay kit I got had the most variety of pods and was the best detrivore kit around.
I also had pods from my LR.

You need to build up the pod population to a sustainable level which is why it is recommened not to get a mandarin for 7 - 8 months. You can have a mandarin in a 75 or smaller tank IF you have a large refugium a large sump with a large pod pile etc.

I still would not attempt to keep one in tank smaller than a 75, though there are those that keep them in 55's and even 29's. I don't know how long the mandarin's have been surviving in those smaller tanks, so I won't comment.
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Well, Here it is. Decided to forgo the cheato and just go with this. Threw a little aragonite sand, a bunch of LR rubble (BTW, this was not REAL LR. It was dried out, so no unexpected guests), and two airstones on opposite sides. Added fresh SW and presto....mini fuge! I will add the DT's phyto tomorrow when the Ocean Pods arrive. I'll dump half the bottle in here, the other half in the back of my tank where I added another bunch of LR Rubble.

Between the Fluval packed w/ LR rubble, the back of my tank packed w/ LR rubble and my quasi-fuge to cultivate pods. I think I should be ok.
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Give them a couple of months to produce a stable population before adding the mandarin. Please keep us posted on your progress. I am hoping you have a succesful outcome.
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I hope it works out for you for sure!

I did something similar to this but I had it plumbed into my system. I put it above the tank so the pods would have a better chance of getting into the tank. I'll try and dig up the thread for it.

I found it. Way down the list in the DIY section. Pod Breeder
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