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Old 12-22-2013, 10:49 PM   #21
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So how hard would it be to maintain a desperate tank specifically for pods to transport over
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:56 AM   #22
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It's not terribly difficult. I would start with a phytoplankton culture and then move up to the copepods. It's a wise decision to have two separate cultures going in case one crasyes. A lot of people will just glue a glass divider in a tank to accomplish that.
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Old 12-24-2013, 03:01 PM   #23
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The only thing ive ever heard about those fish is that they are not above being picky eaters.
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If you are adding 100 pounds or so of live rock to your 90, the pods will be there. You just have to wait a while before introducing one. I heard someone say 6 months to a year, and I concur.
And like Carey said, be careful what other fish you put in the tank. Wrasses will eat the pods as well, and they are much faster hunters.
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I would get a solid pod culture going first. A mandarins can wipe out even a large pod population in weeks.

I use brineshrimpdirect.com as they have all the materials you will need as well as a good tutorial.
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