I have a few questions. I want to start to culture copepods. I have read some articles and communicated via e-mail with Dr. Adelaide Rhodes about this. From what she says, I can culture pods
in a tupperware container. But thats not the question here.
When you ave a refugium and you culture pods
in it, how do the pods
get to the main tank? Through the pump and tubing? Or do you have to harvest them and manually place into the main tank?
The reason I ask is that I have a Fluval 405 thats packed with liverock
rubble. Whenever I open it to change out my Purigen, I see TON's of pods
swimming around. Can I assume this is like a refugium (w/o the macro algae
I'm also a little confused about the culturing, because two of the articles I have read seem to conflict.
This article says to add aeration and enough phyto to tint the water green, and add more phyto as the color fades
While this article says to use "with very little aeration until you start to see the numbers increase" and to feed tiny amounts of flake food and
Add little food, to reduce the chance that bacteria will take over. When I say a little, I mean you can hardly see a tint in the water with the algae
, and just a few grams of flake food at a time."
So one says aeration right away with what I would consider alot of phyto.
The other says very little aeration to start and only enough phyto to barely tint the water.
Anyone have an opinion or experience with this?