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Old 03-27-2006, 01:48 AM   #1
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the Invasion of Copepods

OK, copepods are good. But now, they're all over my rocks and sand. Should I be concerned? I have a maroon clown, a blue hippo tang, softies corals, polyps, shrooms, and a bubble coral.

I also have two peppermint shrimps and 4 turbo snails. Do I need to be worried about overpopulation of pods? They're like ants. Thousands of them!
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Old 03-27-2006, 02:04 AM   #2
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I don't think it's a problem. I wish i have that many pods hehe. They r scavengers and they'll keep ur water cleaner
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Not a problem. Their population should adjust to the food supply or you could just add a fish that loves to eat them.
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Nope, good thing! My tank just completed a cycle little while back and I have them everyhwere too! I have to use the mag cleaner on the front glass to see clear LOL! But I leave them on the side and back for now
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Thank you all. I was enjoying them when I find clusters of them a few months back. But now, I mean, I thought it was my live sand being blown from all over the sand floor. Then I looked closer and they're all over the place the point where I don't know if they're bad for corals or not. I see them caught in my quickfilter. They're all over in my Prizm Skimmer (the exit column of the skimmer) and my HOB powerfilters.

I guess I just have to keep them?

How do they maintain the water clean? They eat detrius or something?
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wow, how'd you get such a big pod population?
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I really don't know what I did. Eversince I've been adding Purple Up, and keeping my Trates zero with AZ NO3, they've been all over the place. If I don't magnet-clean my front glass for three days, I see them grazing on the glass. A lot of them.

I do notice that whenever I add frags on rocks into the tank that I see them more and more too. Could I be just seeding it unexpectedly?

If it is a good thing, then maybe I am doing something good. But I dunno, I only have HOB filters. I don't have any fuge or anything like that.
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Decent article on'm...

http://wetwebmedia.com/ca/volume_2/cav2i1/Pods/pods.htm

Scooter blenny or a mandarin might help. What sized tank and how much rock?
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