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Old 04/14/2018, 08:23 AM   #1
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Best source of pods?

Hello folks?

Want to get a mandarin and/or other dragonettes in my tank but want to give the pods a head start. I do not have a fudge.

What source you recommend for pods and how much of a head start should I give them to help them become sustainable?

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Old 04/14/2018, 09:16 AM   #2
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For long-term sustainability, would you consider a HOB Fuge like a CPR?

For online places, consider Algaebarn.com to get you started.


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Old 04/14/2018, 09:40 AM   #3
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I Go through a place called "pod your reef"
Www.podyourreef.com


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Old 04/14/2018, 04:35 PM   #4
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Old 04/14/2018, 11:14 PM   #5
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I've ordered from algaebarn and podyourreef. Both great companies to order pods from.


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Old 04/15/2018, 06:35 AM   #6
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Thank you all. Some questions. I have a 72G +18G sump. What size of pack should I get? The more the better?
Also should I only get the pods or the phyto combo?
How long should I wait to introduce some pods eating fish?



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If you want to keep a mandarn long term in that size tank you really should have some kind of fuge, or expect to take alternative measures to accomidate the mandarins metabolism and need for constant pods/food supply


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Old 04/16/2018, 02:12 AM   #8
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If you want to keep a mandarn long term in that size tank you really should have some kind of fuge, or expect to take alternative measures to accomidate the mandarins metabolism and need for constant pods/food supply


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Itís going to be a challenge keeping a Mandy in that size tank. Youíll need a very large fuge and Iíd recommend getting a captive bred one that will eat mysis or pellets just to help supplement their diet. Keep in mind, Mandyís hunt and eat pods pretty much all day so you need a system that can provide
them with a constant source of food. Good luck!


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Old 04/16/2018, 11:33 AM   #9
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Hello folks?

Want to get a mandarin and/or other dragonettes in my tank but want to give the pods a head start. I do not have a fudge.

What source you recommend for pods and how much of a head start should I give them to help them become sustainable?

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FYI the pod population needs about a year of establishment in order to support a SINGLE mandarin. How much rock do you have in your tank? I would say it takes 75lbs minimum with a long established copepod population to support A SINGLE Mandy. Take it from a guy who had one in a 36 gallon with live rock and pods established for a few months. It learned to eat frozen mysis and reef frenzy, I added several hundred dollars worth of pods and it still starved to death.


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FYI the pod population needs about a year of establishment in order to support a SINGLE mandarin. How much rock do you have in your tank? I would say it takes 75lbs minimum with a long established copepod population to support A SINGLE Mandy. Take it from a guy who had one in a 36 gallon with live rock and pods established for a few months. It learned to eat frozen mysis and reef frenzy, I added several hundred dollars worth of pods and it still starved to death.
Pods multiply very fast. A year is more a default recommendation, just like 6 months for an anemone, as more of a "learn the tank and get your aquarist skills up to par' more than letting pods multiply. After a few months of stability, the pods will have most likely also reached a stable population, increasing or decreasing with variations in food supply. It is likely your 36 gallon tank would have never been enough to supply the food for the madarin, even if you let it go for a year or two without one.


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Old 04/16/2018, 12:10 PM   #11
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I've used AlgaeBarn as well. I've also bought them from PetCo. They have a small fridge in the reptile department that they keep pods in. They are Tisbe pods and I've been really pleased with them.


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Old 04/16/2018, 12:54 PM   #12
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Any idea of what size of combo should I buy in algaebarn..and how to dose them? Should I just throw them all in or they are supposed to go in portions?


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buy as many as you want, and just dump them in. If you want a variety, get the 5280 mix.


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