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    Pod resources...

    Ok, I can use Google just like the rest, but I'm asking a community I'm a part of for personal experience. My massive pod tank is up and running, I have lots of rock, 3" of Cichlid sand and gallon zippy or twos worth of mature macro from a sump. Two powerheads and steady 78 deg temps. Where will I get the most bang for my buck for seed pods? My goal is as much diversity in this culture as possible, so copepods and amphipods. Already culture phyto at home...let me know what your thoughts are. Thanks

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    Hey gs
    IMHO ur best bet is to find some good mature old live rock or rubble rock ect... from another reefer. Ull get sponge and stars and all the lil pods ur looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1guydude View Post
    Hey gs
    IMHO ur best bet is to find some good mature old live rock or rubble rock ect... from another reefer. Ull get sponge and stars and all the lil pods ur looking for.
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    Well you can start with a pair of guppies or a dozen pairs of guppies...which is gonna result in more guppies sooner??

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    Wat? Lol no seriously.
    The more Rock u get that ppl have already matured and had baby pods and stuff in is the rock with all the pods!!!! It's the rock that's gonna seed urs!!!!
    I'm trying to help u out not be a SA. When I started. I didn't even jump into the hobby or community...I got a brand new tank for $600 from petco. Went to the lfs and spent $300 on half live LR. Cycled it all. Got the Florida hitchhiker crabs out... ect. It's a lot of work gs. Good luck.
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    With the good hitchhikers comes the bad. Watch for aptasia, flatworms, nudibranch...hths
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    Reefs2 go has 1000 amphipods for $25 often. Reed mariculture is where I got tiger pods.

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    Aquaculture farms on ebay has a variety of copepods. What type of phytoplankton are you culturing?

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    What is your end goal in this endeavor if I might ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Lip View Post
    Aquaculture farms on ebay has a variety of copepods. What type of phytoplankton are you culturing?
    I am culturing Nanno. Would like to culture all 3 but haven't acquired additional strains yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gryphon View Post
    What is your end goal in this endeavor if I might ask?
    I lost a Mandy to starvation. It was a mega drag. Waited till my tank was 6+ months old and BRIMMING with pods at night to get one...she didn't last 4 months. UNBELIEVEABLE appetite. Just wanna see if I can do it. I see them as an awesome food source and another potential mini revenue stream to keep my reefy fingers OUTTA the family cookie jar. I know I've lost count of how many times I wished I could get one these weird little niche products(pods, macros, Phyto, Rotis)locally without the hassle/cost of shipping.

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    Nannochloropsis works great for rotifers but doesn't meet the nutritional needs for tigerpods. I use phyto-feast by reed mariculture. It contains multiple types of phytoplankton.

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    Okay, unfortunately on the scale I am doing this, Fido feast just financially prohibitive. not to mention, I'm kind of a DIY junkie anyway. So that leads me to one of two possible solutions that icy. And by all means correct me if I've missed some. I can either begin to culture rotifers using the Phyto I already have going, and feed the rotifers to my pods. Or I can seek out the other strains of phytoplankton and culture them and make a blend
    Which do you see as the more feasible option?

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    Rotifers are not pod food. Most copepods eat phytoplankton. Some eat detritus. I believe if you culture other strains of phytoplankton, you will need to culture each strain seperately. Some of the strains of phytoplankton stink. Phyto-feast has multiple strains condensed. A little goes a long way & will remain good for 6 months in the refrigerator. I thought about culturing multiple strains of phytoplankton until i heard some are difficult & stink.

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