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So it Was hard to take a picture of these little guys with my phone but I tried it looks like they have a small tail with two tiny little antennas they’re smaller than copepods please help I have no idea what these are. My tank will be a month old on Friday. Also you can see them on the glass near my margarita snail. While observing I actually saw my clown fish eat one.

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UPDATE: so if these are copepods that’s great But I woke up this morning and there is an explosion of them they are everywhere all over the glass, are we sure this is copepods?
 
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Copepods and "critters" will bloom early in your tank's life cycle. They'll eventually level out to sustainable levels. My comment was about the Mandarin. Give it a couple months before you do that. A mandarin can wipe out copepods in a day. They constantly feed. You need a good mature colony to sustain them, and probably will have to "cultivate" some pods.
 

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Just keep at what you are doing.

For a mandarin long term, you need a territory for the pods to reproduce and not get devoured. So, piles of rock, a refugium, HOB type deal, or in sump, They love ulva lettuce, the pods do. Depending on refugium and tank size, will depend on the work you need to do for a mandy. I had a 55g with a 30g fuge. Eventually, 2 years down the road it would eat mysis in the water column.

UNLESS you get a captive bred mandy already eaten prepared foods.
 
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Just keep at what you are doing.

For a mandarin long term, you need a territory for the pods to reproduce and not get devoured. So, piles of rock, a refugium, HOB type deal, or in sump, They love ulva lettuce, the pods do. Depending on refugium and tank size, will depend on the work you need to do for a mandy. I had a 55g with a 30g fuge. Eventually, 2 years down the road it would eat mysis in the water column.

UNLESS you get a captive bred mandy already eaten prepared foods.
I have a 24 gallon all in one So essentially the Sump is built into the back of the tank.
 

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