Discussion in 'Inverts' started by gfunk823, Mar 21, 2009.
how to i get copepods to grow in my tank
please spare me your sarcastic answers if you have information to help me then please im listening if not please dont waste my time
Don't worry about that dude that works at walmart.
LoL I haven't worked at Wal-Mart for years.
well first you have to have a couple already obviously, if you don't have them you can buy supplement bottles of them, dont get actipods they are cold water and won't breed in your tank.
sarcasm or not hes right, you need to feed them for them to live. they eat phytoplankton i think
pro-tip: copepods need a safe haven to get them to really bloom, like a refugium or some stack of small rocks fish cant get into.
And "feed them" is an entirely valid answer. What organism grows without being fed? *Shrug*
Thank you. Sarcasm really wasn't my intention here. I guess I need to be more sensitive...
LOL!!! Yep, just let em go and make sure they end up fed. I feed my corals something called Oyster Feast, which has 'thangs' ranging from 1 micron to 200 microns in it (ovaries and such). They will pick up the leftovers. Phytoplankton will work too.
I planted Tigger pods in my fuge over a week or so ago....now have little white dots all over inside the fuge glass.....the Tigger pods looked red in the bottle...is this the same little dudes?? and do i need to ' feed them ' now as well?? fuge is 1/4 full macro algae
Heres a Site to look some pods up for a booster...
On this site there is food you can put in your tank to help the PODS grow and feed..
i obviously know you have to feed them what living organism doesnt have to eat
Thanks for the link....I was under the impression I didn't need to feed them. I would assume they they will do " OK " without it. but would do much better with it, now that I have some softies in the tank, I bet all will benifit from it
They need places to hide and breed. Snail shells work well, as well as stacks of rocks fish can not get into as was mentioned earlier.
You don't have to feed them, they will eat left over fish food and such, like other parts of the clean up crew. I do not feed them in my mantis tank and they are all over the place. My mantis is a messy eater though and there are no predators so they breed freely.
saltwaterfish.com you can buy 100 to 200 of them for 10 bucks
well i looked a lil more into ordering them
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here is another good place to order - Reefs2go.com Home they are also on ebay under piece-of-the-reef username.
As far as growing pods, a refuge is best with lots of macro and supplementing them with phyto and even a small amount of certain fish foods (i drop a silverside in my refuge every once in a while and within a few minutes, watch the swarm begin consuming) will get them to populate VERY quickly.
I have never had to "put" them in my tank, I have bought cured live rock and I guess they just came as a package deal. Either way my sump/fuge and LR rubble are loaded with them. I don't feed them specifically, I do target feed so I guess they benefit from that. Oh and every time I trim my chaeto I give it a shake in the DT to keep the stock up in there, I know a lot travel through my return pump but I don't know about the condition they arrive in.
thanks thats a pretty good deal order 100$ and get them for free
ty all very much
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