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Old 01-27-2009, 11:46 AM   #1
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Post Copepods and Mandarin

Any one know a good place to get Copepods from? I want to start adding some to my system more likely it will be my main system since I have no Fuge to put them in. I also want to get a Mandarin I have enough LR for it to graze and enough hiding spots for it. As my system is maturing. I know they are difficult to keep but I think it will be ok. I want to start adding Copepods before getting a Mandarin so it will be nice and ready for it to munch on. Any suggestion on were I can get some copepods I want to get tons of them and I know the LFS only sells them in a pouch but not many.
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:53 PM   #2
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in order to sustain a mandarin, you're going to need to be buying pods on a regular basis in your tank.
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There is a product now available called Reefpods. I see them in magazines (FAMA, and Aquarium Fish International). They're supposed to be live pods in suspension.
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Sweet that's what I will be doing...? Anyone know how to get Copepods to reproduce?
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Will amphipods work 2?
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copepods and amphipods will reproduce all by them selves in your tank but the problem is in tanks smaller then about 90 gallons they won't get to a big enough population to reproduce as fast as a mandarin will eat them. So what usually happens is the fish slowly depletes their food source and then eventually starves. Takes months but it happens quite a bit. You are going to need to most likly continute to buy pods to keep up the population in a tank your size. People set up "pod piles" in thier sump to help provide a safe place for the pods to reproduce to help their population.
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Yeah it will be hard in my Tank to have them reproduce unless I shelter a small area in my tank so they can not access the pods with out a sump to keep them safe looks like I'll be adding pods regularly...
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Personally I would not add this fish to your system with out a fuge and an exploding population of pods. They pretty much eat only copepods. Amphipods are too big for them to eat. You will find that buying pods on a regular basis is very expensive.

My 20g fuge is packed full of pods and my system has been established for quite a while and I'm reluctant to try another mandarin.
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Personally I would not add this fish to your system with out a fuge and an exploding population of pods. They pretty much eat only copepods. Amphipods are too big for them to eat. You will find that buying pods on a regular basis is very expensive.

My 20g fuge is packed full of pods and my system has been established for quite a while and I'm reluctant to try another mandarin.
Yeah I was just sitting here thinking I should just forgo the mandarin for now, can not have them without a Fuge. I am thinking of getting a Fuge thought so he will still be in future plans just not right now...

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Sweet that's what I will be doing...? Anyone know how to get Copepods to reproduce?
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