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Old 01-03-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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Too many copepods

The other day I noticed white specks all over the back of my tank (painted black background). It is a 75 gallon saltwater FOWLER. The next day it was worse (or better ?) so I could get a better look at them. I could see them moving around! Yesterday and today I see them all over the glass. With a magnifying glass I can see the antenna and tail. I'm sure they are copepods. It seems to be a "bloom." I don't think I have any copepod grazing fish (Porcupine puffer, dwarf lion, yellow tang, and dwarf golden eel). I think I got the bloom because I was adding vita-chem to the water to help my lion who wasn't eating and breathing heavy after a anti-bacterial dose to cure fin/tail rot. (He is eating again and looks better!!). My question is, can I have too many copepods? I know they are good, but can I have too many? Do they create much waste and rob oxygen?
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:23 PM   #2
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No, they are all beneficial! They help your water parameters stay in check. I wouldn't be too worried about it. If you feel it is putting more stress on the tank then you can get them out. I recommend them though
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:29 PM   #3
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They don't seem like they are bothering anything at this time.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:31 PM   #4
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Then I wouldn't worry about it! Enjoy them! I love watching them swim around, its a secondary population that naturally occurs.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:10 AM   #5
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I hear a mandarin goby in your near future!
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:11 AM   #6
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I hear a mandarin goby in your near future!
Not with a lion Fish lol that's a predator tank IMO
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:13 AM   #7
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True. I forgot about him. I have a green spot in my tank an would like to get a mandarin. Maybe after my sump and refug is set up.
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True. I forgot about him. I have a green spot in my tank an would like to get a mandarin. Maybe after my sump and refug is set up.
That will do the trick, mandarins are really hard to take care of but a refugium would be a big bonus!
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Here's my green spot. I've had him for 2 months and he eats frozen foods! Hurray.

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That's the one I want! Do you like him? Does he eat the frozen food without hesitation? Info please: )
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