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Old 11-03-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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Stocking question

Have a 45 gallon reef tank with a 20 gallon refugium, current stock is sailfin blenny 3.5" diamond goby 2.5" 2 occ. Clowns 2" green mandarin 1.5" purple stripe dotty back 2". My lfs has a red scooter blenny, do you see any issues with my current live stock?
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The scooter will eat pods that your mandarin needs.
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:14 PM   #3
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Do you have macro algae (ie. Chaeto) in your fuge? That will give them a safe haven to reproduce and keep a population. My pod eaters are fat and i always see pods in my fuge crawling around in the chaeto. I'm not saying it will prevent your pod population from being depleted but it will definitely slow it down and you can always supplement pods for a peace of mind.
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Yes I keep chaeto and caulerpa in the sump, and I few different types of macro in my display. I was thinking making a large pile of rubble rock in a part of the display would also help keep the pod population up
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:59 PM   #5
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How long have you had the mandarin? ASking because unless you have had him for a long while you dont really know how quickly he will eat through the pod population.
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:02 PM   #6
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No I haven't had him long, but I have already ordered pods they are on the way. Is there a way I could have too many pods in my tank?
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I had a scooter blenny and asked my LFS once if I could add a mandarin and he advised against it - for the reasons above but he said they could also fight. This was in my 55g I decided it wasn't worth the risk...
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:32 PM   #8
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No I haven't had him long, but I have already ordered pods they are on the way. Is there a way I could have too many pods in my tank?
it's actually the other way around that most hobbyists worry about ----the lack of pods. a mandarin or the scooter that you want to get will decimate your entire pod population within days if you don't have a sump to house the pods. you can never have too many pods.
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Two of my friends bought mandarins at the same time I told them what you guys on here were saying about making sure they had enough pods well guess what they didn't listen and they both died one in about a month and the other one in about six weeks they both wondered what happen to them I told them they starved them to death to this day they blame the lfs for selling them sick fish I no better
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I for sure with noo doubt would advise against having a scooter and a mandarin. I had both but they both ate pellets and frozen foods. That is not the norm however and you cant count on that.
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