How does one harvest copepods off liverock?

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  1. Barlan

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    hi all

    i would like to know how i can harvest the pods off my LR.

    I've got a tank thats running but only has 3 corals, LR + sand. its been running for over a year and the pods are huge, i can see them running on the rocks.

    Is there a way to get the pods off the LR and into a bucket so i can put them in my other tank?

    I cant put the LR into the other tank because i have a major aiptasia problem. my biggest "head" is about 4-5cm diameter... and i have loads of little ones. it would be easier to clean the rock than treat the aiptasia, its THAT bad.

    So, seeing how all the pods are flourishing due to the lack of predators, i'd like to know how to catch them and move them over.

    i would like to use this as my pod growing tank until i'm happy with the population of the other tank.

    Many thanks.

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    Remove the rock and shake it vigorously in the other tank. some of the copepods should come of and start there own colony. Alternatively place an onion bag in the tank with the copepods and they will move into it and transplant it over after a while...Hope this helps
     
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    you can't try syphon the pods into a small container using airline tube
     
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    As said above. Take an onion sack, and fill with live rock rubble. Basically you making a LR rubble sausage. Place this next (behind) the LR with all the pods. Some of the pods should transfer to the sausage in a couple of days. Use this sausage as the transfer between tanks.

    Enjoy
     
  6. Barlan

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    Basically build another pod condo :)

    @hotsauce i tried siphoning off the LR, they surprisingly didnt move away from the siphon hose, but they stuck to the rock like hermits do when you try lift them.

    Off the topic, would it be advisable to transfer bristle worms? i've seen about 2 - 3 big ones (longer than 5cm) and some tiny ones like 2cm. i doubt i have any in the other tank since we didnt start the tank with mature LR.
    i know they're good to have...

    ok, many thanks for the replies.
     
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    What's the benefit of adding these guys to a system
     
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    They good for cleaning up detritus, so id add a few to the tank

    Food for fish would be my main reason for adding them
     
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    Apart from the food mentioned above, they are part of the clean up crew. They look cool - running about, trying to steal food. Makes a tank that much more interesting.
     
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    Hi all

    Ok, regarding the "Remove the rock and shake it vigorously in the other tank." comment from @Clowning; would the aiptasia not release spores or what ever they release and cause a breakout in my new tank?

    thats also a reason why i havent tried to shake the pods off my rock.

    i've got 3 peppermint shrimp in the other tank, but i have no idea if they'll eat any aiptasia and i dont want to experiment cause all my LR is glued together and cannot be removed, so a break out in places i cant see is gonna wreck havoc!!
     
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    it might be easier to put the peppermint in the aiptasia tank and see if he eats it there. Clear out the aiptasia that way
     
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