Pod tank

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  1. Dot Dash

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    Need some input please.

    I have a 70 liter tank that I want to breed pods in. It will be a bare bottom tank with pieces of LR and LR rubble. Lighting will be small LED unit to keep the macro algea growing. I have a HOB filter that I can add to the tank (not sure of the liters per hour), or should I run the tank with out the filter.

    The pod population will hopefully come from the LR.

    Anybody tried this before, and what method did you use.
     
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    Pods love liverock as much as it loves macro ... as far as I have seen . May e the more experienced hands could give some inputs
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    Hi @Dot Dash, the HOB filter could work if you only want to use it to add your media, but in general, marinekeepers dont use HOB filters as most have a sump that does a much better job of filtering the water.
    For a pod & invert only tank, i would run only a skimmer.

    As for the lr rubble & lr... I have found that pods will thrive in just about ANY tank as long as there arent any pod predators. Pods generally multiply at auch a rate that they will be an abundant population within about a month of starting up a tank with lr... The pods im my tanks live just about on anything, from the glass to lr to substrate etc...

    Almost any piece of LR, coral or macro algae you take out of a fully cured/aged reef will supply you with enough pods to start up your system, so the easiest would be to ask around who has sone chaeto/caulerpa alge for you & add it to your tank & the pods will do the rest.

    The only thing that you then have to do is to feed them often as they love leftovers!!!
     
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    Guys pardon my ignorance but what are the pods you're referring to :blush:
     
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    Copepods & ambipods...
     
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    Juat a small section in my pod tank of the back wall, macro LR and any item they can hide in works all those ceramic rings and bio ball that one has in the store use them they work 100dreds

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    I'm running a small pico with LR and a few zoas and a small sump. It wasn't one week and small cope-pods started appearing. It is more than a month now and their everywhere if I light up the sump its all you see is little pods swimming everywhere. I've also got a 500 L system that was without any fish or inverts for about 3 weeks , because of white spot. the pod population boomed, the glass on all the sides of the tank was full of little pods. my algae is struggling to grow at the rate these guys are eating it!!:eek: If there aint any predators they will multiply like crazy.
     
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    Hob filter will be fine for what you want to do. LR with some cheatomorpha & some calurpa will be super. If you able to plumb it to your system that will be even better.
     
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    @Dirkie are you selling or giving away pods I need some for my new tank.
     
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    Sell pods? Just ask someone for some cheato & there will be some pods hidden in there. Should be free anyway...
     
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    Will set up the tank this weekend. Water will be from the DT. Marco algea from the sump. Should I add a heater?
     
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    So will the tank be running separate from the main tank? If so then yes add a heater & keep it at 24C.
     
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    I won't be able to plumb the tank into my DT tank. So the heater will have to be added. No need for a powerhead?
     
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    What should I add to the HOB as filter material? Sponge? Filter floss? Any suggestions....
    Oh yeah, HOB is 400l/h.
     
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    Thanks Dot Dash & everyone else :D I have these in my tank now I know what they are
     
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    The pod tank is full of water, 60% from my DT and 40% new water. The heater is in and the filter is running without any media at the moment. Shoul I add some LR right away or give it a few days?
     
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    put the LR in if the temp is right
     
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    Yes a power head is a must you need water movement.
     
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    The HOB does provide a certain amount of water movement. I don't want to much flow that is going to blow everything around in the tank. Once the LR has been added I will make a call on the power head.
     
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