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I am purchasing a mandarin goby. I have Carib Sea live rock in my tank that is almost a year old. Will this rock have produced copepods for it to eat? I know you can purchase them but will I need to?
 
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I am purchasing a mandarin goby. I have Carib Sea live rock in my tank that is almost a year old. Will this rock have produced copepods for it to eat? I know you can purchase them but will I need to?
Tank size and do you have a refugium?
 

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I am purchasing a mandarin goby. I have Carib Sea live rock in my tank that is almost a year old. Will this rock have produced copepods for it to eat? I know you can purchase them but will I need to?
I am assuming you mean the CaribSea LifeRock (which is not live). I have that rock and it doesn't produce copepods. You have to buy them to keep the tank stocked. It is best to add the pods to a refugium so they can reproduce otherwise you will probably have to keep restocking your tank unless you get an explosive reproduction rate.
 
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I am assuming you mean the CaribSea LifeRock (which is not live). I have that rock and it doesn't produce copepods. You have to buy them to keep the tank stocked. It is best to add the pods to a refugium so they can reproduce otherwise you will probably have to keep restocking your tank unless you get an explosive reproduction rate.
Not true. I have a 90g no sump and have had a mandarin for years. Buying pods is something that is only needed for small tanks that don't produce enough on their own. It is next to impossible to prevent pods from showing up naturally in a tank. One person actually high temp treated everything before introducing it to their tank, even then pods still showed up.
 
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I keep the glass very clean. We do get a residue on the glass after a couple days. Not sure I know if that would be them lol
After the lights go out shine a flash light on the tank. Any white specs on the glass or critters scurrying on the rocks are pods.
 
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After the lights go out shine a flash light on the tank. Any white specs on the glass or critters scurrying on the rocks are pods.
Honestly do that from time to time to see where my yellow tang is sleeping. Never seen movement. Will try tonight. Maybe I have not noticed as I was not looking.
 

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Honestly do that from time to time to see where my yellow tang is sleeping. Never seen movement. Will try tonight. Maybe I have not noticed as I was not looking.
They're very tiny. As I said before, it's basically impossible to not have copepods in your system. If concerned and for peace of mind you can always just order some from algae barn.
 

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Honestly do that from time to time to see where my yellow tang is sleeping. Never seen movement. Will try tonight. Maybe I have not noticed as I was not looking.
If I do that on my tank it looks like thousands of tiny dots running across the glass, sand and rocks. If you actually have a decent pod population its hard to miss in my opinion.
 
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If I do that on my tank it looks like thousands of tiny dots running across the glass, sand and rocks. If you actually have a decent pod population its hard to miss in my opinion.
Yes just looked close lol glass is full!
 
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Not true. I have a 90g no sump and have had a mandarin for years. Buying pods is something that is only needed for small tanks that don't produce enough on their own. It is next to impossible to prevent pods from showing up naturally in a tank. One person actually high temp treated everything before introducing it to their tank, even then pods still showed up.
Yep. That's why I said if the OP gets a population explosion in the DT then all is fine because it will probably remain stable. If not the OP will have to restock or possibly get a refugium. I didn't say it won't in tank only. I only pointed out what the different scenarios are. The OP just has to try it and see what works/doesn't work for their setup.
 
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We brought her home and she has not stopped eating off the rocks. She was famished. Our glass is crawling with copepods. I never noticed them before. I assumed film and I kept scraping them away daily.
 
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