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Old 12-22-2005, 01:46 PM   #1
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purchasing pods?

im going to start a refugium and i would like to buy some copepods to put in there to get me a little colony going to ensure my mandarin gets nice and fat. i was just wandering if there was a good website or if someone on here sold any? please reply with any exerience or advice in purchasing copepods
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Old 12-22-2005, 02:04 PM   #2
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You can buy live ones from the sites below:
http://www.reefnutrition.com/
http://sciencekit.com/category.asp?c=435228
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Old 12-23-2005, 03:24 AM   #3
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so i purchased like 2000 pods though one of the suggested websites. now should i dump all of them in my tank at once? and if i do will they reproduce and thrive in my tank just fine or not?
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Old 12-23-2005, 10:37 AM   #4
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You can dump them right into your main tank or more preferable a refugium if you have one to harvest them when needed. They feed on micro algae such as Phyto-Feast and assuming your mandarin or other fish don’t decimate them too quickly they will reproduce.

about.com has a ton of info on the care of Copepods
http://saltaquarium.about.com/od/cop...hipodprofile1/
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Old 12-23-2005, 09:35 PM   #5
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How big is your tank? How long have you had it? What fish are living in it right now? How much Live rock do you have?
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tank is 55gal had it for 2 years, approx 100lbs of lr. (mom bought some lr and she doesnt remember how much exactly). yellow tang, coral beauty, firefish, clarki clown, green mandarin, bicolor angel, 2 yellow tail damsels, watchman goby, 2 peppermint shrimp, brittle and sand sifter star, 1 undetermined host anemone to clown(guessing regular LTA). good size cleanup crew
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Old 12-26-2005, 03:19 PM   #7
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but in hurricane rita we went without power for 5 days and it killed the majority of our fish and i know we used to have a bunch of pods i would see them everywhere but now i dont see as much of them after the hurricane. thats why i have a refugium set up and trying to get pods asap to start "breeding" them. just to be safe. mandarin is starting to look a lil thin
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