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Old 01-29-2012, 12:38 PM   #1
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Copepod propagation

How does one propagate a thriving self sustained copepod community? I'd like my fire goby to have these as a dinner option. I've had her for almost a week and haven't seen her eat yet =\ she tested flakes but spit them out
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:53 PM   #2
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A good way to "grow" copepods would be having a refugium. A refugium is a separate tank where the water from your main display overflows into the refugium. The refugium lets the pods to multiply without fish constantly eating them. This is what I will be doing for my 125g tank. Sorry if this sounds confusing, but if you have any more questions don't hesitate to ask.
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Thanks! How do the Copepods get back into the tank?
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try some live bloodworms. they are cheap and most fish love them.
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Live??? How do u keep them alive??
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you would keep them in the fridge.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:32 PM   #7
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I bought some live copepods (trigger pods) at my LFS for my Spotted Mandarin. I bought him a week ago. He's been picking at the LR but iI don't know if he's getting anything. He's getting thin. I just got the pods today. Will the pods multiply in the tank? 46 gallon only about 12 lbs LR. I also bought a bunch (2 lbs ish) of small pieces of LR to make small piles for the pods. Does anyone have any more advice to help me keep him alive? He's just so adorable!!
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Same thing for you Maryann, try the live blood worms. Unfortunately, the odds are way against you with 12 pounds of rock in the tank. Despite all the success stories that seem to be going around, The rule of thumb for many years has been 1 mandarin per 100 pounds of live rock.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:39 PM   #9
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The best option you guys have is to try to get them to eat prepared foods. I've done it twice with dragonets. I started off feeding small frozen food like cyclopeeze then moved up to baby brine and then to mysis and bloodworms. Both of mine really enjoy the bloodworms. It also took me almost a month with my scooter and maybe a little over a month for the mandarin to be pretty much completely on frozen. both of mine still peck at the rocks though and i guess they are finding some pods to eat as they are both on the chubby side for fish.

If you don't think you can take all the time needed to train them you should probably return it to the lfs. :-(

I tried to make a "pod tank" when I first got my scooter and it was pretty much a failure. Couldnt raise enough of them to feed the one fish let alone the two.
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Awesome. My girlfriend saw a mandarin and fell in love with them. I picked up a bottle of tigger pods and dumped them into my 25 reef just to see if they would colonize well enough to suffice one. But I was wondering about the conversion from live to frozen foods. Thanks carey. Lol
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