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Hello everyone , just wondering on how often should I be adding live pods to the tank , and in what sort of quantity ? I had added a couple of bags while the tank was being setup .

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Reply #1

What are you wanting to feed and what breeding ground do they have

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Reply #2

Morning Marty , just now I've a coral beauty DA , two clowns and four chromis .
The Coral Beauty and clowns seems to enjoy searching the rocks pecking regularly , I presume that they are eating them ? I don't have any particular breeding ground apart from wherever they can in the DT at the moment .

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Reply #3

Are you after a mandarin Gav?


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Reply #4

Hi Tim , no not at the moment , I believe that a mandarin needs a more mature tank ? I just wasn't sure if the others I have at present are eating what's there , they are constantly searching and pecking at the rock . Is adding them something I need to worry about at the moment ?

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Reply #5

You can add a few but none of your current stock will put a big dent in populations let them breed you will see a boom in them when the glass in your DT is covered at night

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Reply #6

Perfect Marty thanks , if I put in a couple of bags once a month with stock as is do you think that would be enough to keep population up ?

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Reply #7

Yeah they get in things rock ect and breed

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Reply #8

It depends what species you buy. Most are not the type that will survive well in our tanks. They're also often bred in low salinity , so you'd need to acclimate them if you want them to survive.

You shouldn't need to add any, as they'll naturally increase in numbers without something eating thousands every day.

That said, coral beauties are known to eat pods, so it could be keeping numbers low?

Some rubble in the sump with good flow will be an excellent breeding ground for pods.

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Reply #9

Thanks Graeme , I hadn't even though of needing to acclimatise them , if I were to pop a bit of rubble in the bottom of a floating fry tank would this be fine for purpose ?

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As you know Ive got a Coral Beauty,I feed very spareingly and its fat and happy enough. Ive got pods ,added quite a lot some time back to get things going. If theres a bit of light algal growth on the front glass,before I get to it ,you can see the little buggers in that. They look a bit like freshwater cyclops.
You also have those little shrimps that seemed to be self replicateing lol in my other tanks,thier brilliant fish food too as are amphipods which are bigger and resemble sand hoppers.
Do not mock the snake because it has no horns.For who is to say that one day it may become a dragon,as one just man may become an army...Water Margin.

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Reply #11

Yeah, rubble in a breeder would be fine I'd have thought.

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Reply #12

I randomly pop a few bags in when I remember to buy them.
My tank is riddled with them now.

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