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Old 10-07-2011, 12:43 AM   #451
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i know right? that lion fish would be great! but i think i will err on the side of caution and say maybe next time to the lion.

i dont know if i want to try to replace the cardinal with another. or try for more color. i hate that i lost him. i do. he was fun to watch. even rechecked my parameters and they were good. but i dont want to misuse this opportunity, sad as it may be. some of you know i have wanted a mandarin. i know my tank is very immature and i would have to buy pods to either supplement his diet or be his diet. ive been trying to research this nutromar ova product that was recommended by my lfs. if i have to buy these bottles of pods how many of them will he need to get fat and happy?
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I've heard that mandarins can actually wipe out entire populations of pods in no time at all.. in terms of what fish to go with, I vote color, only because you seem to be very intrigued by fishy colors. I person ally prefer swimming styles and overall fishy experience to color...but its you're tank and your choices
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Banggai died. I'm not happy about it. Sweety pie found him just now

Sorry to hear about your Banggai. Rest of the crowd doing good?
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I hate to be the buzz kill but I would stay away from a mandarin for awhile yet. You would be buying multiple bottles of pods a week, they do nothing but hunt for food. I mean nothing, mine is ALWAYS pecking at the rocks every few seconds. lol
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what do you mean by swimming styles?

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they rest of the tank is doing very well. no abnormal behavior


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I hate to be the buzz kill but I would stay away from a mandarin for awhile yet.
your not being a buzz kill. this is why i asked. the bulk of the rock was from reefcleaners so ive got almost 0 chance that i have any pods to start with.

do i just buy how many bottles and then wait for how long?
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oh and once i get a bottle or 10 of pods, any recomendations there, is there anything speacial i can do to facilitate pod growth and reproduction?

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and my mind is made up, i will put a sump of some sort on this tank eventually.
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oh and once i get a bottle or 10 of pods, any recomendations there, is there anything speacial i can do to facilitate pod growth and reproduction?

thank you all.

and my mind is made up, i will put a sump of some sort on this tank eventually.
I am in the same boat there, been following your thread religiously, the tank and inhabitants look great, but I also want to know about the pods as well!
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With no fuge I;m not sure exactly how many bottles of pods it would take. I know they need lots of rock with nooks and crannies to live and reproduce in. BUT if you add a mandarin that eats only pods I don't see how a viable population can develop with him eating the pods. You could start now and introduce some and in a few months you might have enough. Or you can just feed pods from a bottle but I anticipate that will be quite expensive.
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ive got 50 lbs of the reefcleaner rock. and one nice piece of lr from another tank. is that enough? you know how the rock is from reefcleaners. do i need more rock in there?

i need to buy more rock for my fuge on the 75 so i can buy another 50lbs and spread load between the two if need be.

i would really like to get a tank raised one so that the pods are just a handy snack or even ignored as part of my cuc.

thanks carey for your help and input.

halfmoon: hahaha i sure hope its been a good read, i know i can get sidetracked and and all over the place so thanks for reading and i hope that you have found some good info.
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: hahaha i sure hope its been a good read, i know i can get sidetracked and and all over the place so thanks for reading and i hope that you have found some good info.
that is has, I got the same type and amount of rock, love it. And I have learned quite a bit. I have my fish list already, just corals and neme, and logging now!
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