Green/red/spotted mandarin in a biopellet sps reef system

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  1. SApicoreef

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    Hi

    I just wanted to know if it is possible to do this because from what I have read copepods and amphipods grow in nutrient rich environment but I plan on making a pod factory using another tank, live rock, live sand and some cheato and just adding a net full or so tothe tank every week when I get the mandarin but I will add hopefully thousands as I will set up the factory now and get it going


    Please share your thoughts

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    williet Look at the shiny LEDs!!!

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    I had one thriving in my tank for a year before flukes gill flukes got to him. I have a biopellet system and pods live off detritus etc biopellets won't get rid of that ! I have pods the size of small roaches in my tank!!!
     
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    Okay thanks for the help

    Would they might need supplementing though every once and a while as I don't plan on training home but rather letting him eats what he wants and if it happens to be prepared food then great but i still want to be able to have enough pods to feed him for a good 2 months so I can make a plan from there

    Thoughts?
     
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    How big will this system be and how much liverock in it? At the end of the day if they dont eat prepared foods the only thing you can do is to have enough liverock.

    I'm not sure how you will catch the pods from the dedicated pod tank, they are tiny and hide most of the time. It's not as if they are free swimming and you can just pull the net through the water and you have thousands in the net?
     
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    I have made a plan for collecting the Copepods and the tank is a 250 liter system with 20 kilos live rock in the display but also will have in the sump but not sure how much I can fit yet
     
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    Hi @SApicoreef!

    I have a Display Tank running with a Bio pellet reactor from day 1. I actually have many little mysis/pod like critters swimming in the chamber of my pellet reactor. So I'm sure they thrive in a tank with NP pellets. My tank has thousands of pods and other creepy crawlies scattering around. My Manderin will never get through them. (Just a note of caution, It is not wise to add fish such as Mandarins or Copperband etc to a young system that cannot sustain them with their primary food as it is extremely difficult to get them to feed on anything else than pods).

    To feed your pods and get them to multiply in your refugium (pod factory), you could add a teaspoon tip of "Instant Baby Brine Shrimp" to the tank. You will notice the day after you've added it, lots of minute little shrimp swimming in your tank.

    Photo of the Baby brine shrimp bottle which you could buy from your LFS and keep in the fridge for months:
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    Agreed with Helga.

    Fit as much liverock into the display as you can for a Mandarin. They never ever ever stop pecking at the rocks from the morning until they go to sleep and will destroy a pod population in days.

    I like the idea of the instant Brine, that would definately assist!
     
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    I have seen that brine shrimp before but how often would I have to put that in?
    Also I have a fish trap in which I could setup up a really small in tank refugium.....would that work?

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    You only have to add a tip of a teaspoon or a small syringe of baby brine into your tank. You will see it releases thousands of little specks of brine into your tank. I add once a week. Dont overdo it...not necessary... It defenitely boosts your pod population and the bigger pods also feed on them.
     
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    An in tank or hang on refugium could work, but remember to add some small pieces of liverock or even coral skeleton and some chaeto or caulerpa in the refugium for them to live in and on and to multiply
     
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    That's exactly what I was thinking

    Thanks

    Where would I get the pods from to start the culture
     
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    You could get small pieces of liverock from a fellow reefer or from the LFS. They always have pods and other critters on them
     
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    Is there any other ways cause I don't want to rush any nasties on the LR

    Thanks
     
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    yes get some chaeto off a fellow reefer near you, plenty pods living there
     
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    Okay thanks

    Have any idea who has loads of cheato in Maritzburg area?
     
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