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Old 08-04-2009, 10:32 PM   #1
 
Need to add pods?

My 54 GAL corner bow front now has the following inhabitants:

2 clowns
3 chromis
1 red scooter
1 green mandarin
1 red bali starfish
cleaner shrimp
peppermint shrimp
various species of snails
red and blue leg hermits

Both the scooter and mandarin are eating well (mysis), but I've been reading I should add pods to my tank (copepods and amphipods) to boost the system.

Does anything have thoughts for or against adding the pods? How many should I add?

How do I add them?

Thanks,

Matt
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:08 PM   #2
 
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do you have a sump? hopefully with a massive refugium?
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:04 AM   #3
 
I do have a sump, but no refugium. Should I add some cheato and make a mini fuge!

They are both eating mysis. Can I add the pods directly to my tank?

Thanks,

Matt
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Old 08-05-2009, 06:19 AM   #4
 
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You can add them directly to the tank, but make sure to do it in the complete darkness, about one or two hours after the lights go out. If you add them directly to the tank with the lights on, all your inhabitants will be feasting!

p.s. - you are lucky, most of the time a mandarin and scooter wouldn't survive together in a small aquarium; there would be too much competition for food. My Green Mandarin only eats pods. To have both a scooter and a mandarin that eat mysis, that's awesome!

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Old 08-05-2009, 06:40 PM   #5
 
Would introducing pods possibly make him stop eating the mysis? How many can I add at one time? The order said 500 mixed pods.

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Old 08-13-2009, 12:20 AM   #6
 
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To have both a scooter and a mandarin that eat mysis, that's awesome!

That is pretty amazing actually. SUPER MAN'darin .....for real
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:12 AM   #7
 
I couldn't believe it. I saw the mandarin eat a dry food pellet a few days ago. I'm lucky.
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:25 AM   #8
 
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tell us how u trained him
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:55 PM   #9
 
I wish I could. I purchased this mandain from someone else who only fed him brine shrimp. Maybe the better quality food is what he likes.
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