Do i need a refugium to house copepods?

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  1. PegasisR

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    Just wanted to know if i needed a refugium to cultivate and house copes or something else would work, of course without the refugium. Thanks in advance
     

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    I would recommend a refugium for pods and other microfauna to safely reproduce but is not needed 100%. I kept a mandarin happy and healthy in my 45 without a refugium. Just reseeded the tank every 2 months via algae barn.
     
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    Would a copepod hotel be a good replacement? aside from the refugiums benefits?
     
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    copepod hotels would work, Haven't personally tried but it is a more direct way of putting pods into the dt as you shake them out of it. What tank do yu have and how much space in do you have for a refugium.
     
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    This will work. It really depends on how many you expect to grow. They need food and a safe place to breed otherwise they will get eaten before they can get a good population going.

    For example you can grow them in a bucket of rocks and macro algae or a gallon tank in the window.
     
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    I have a rsr 525xl and i dont have a lot of space in the sump for a refugium as my skimmer takes up a big amount of room... and since im thinking on running an algae reactor i wanted to know of an alternative to keeping a good population of copepods
     
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    Sounds like your home needs a new room addition. *-}
     
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    I want to have excess amounts so they can always be available to mandarin dragonettes and other inhabitants :)
     
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    haha i wish!
     
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    Get a couple of those loofah exfoliating shower things girls use and hang them in the sump. Pods love them. Take one and dip it in the display every few days to evict the residents. The worst pod killer is a filter sock also, free flow the drain
     
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    That is a nifty idea! but are those loofahs aquarium safe? also would the pods go from the sump to the dt if i didnt shake it off?
     
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    I've never had a problem with them. They are basically a plastic onion bag wadded up nicely with a small rope to hang it. You will get some free swimmers going through the return pump. If you want a cloud of them in the display, shut off the return and dip the loopha in the display a few times. The round plastic mesh dish pan scrubbers work well also, they just don't come with a string for convenience.
     
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    I highly suggest a refugium, it makes it much easier and more room to multiply. I also find dosing phyto has increased my pod production GREATLY both in my refugium and my display. My mandarin is fat and happy.
     
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