Tigger Pods

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  1. clsanchez77

    clsanchez77 Active Member Louisiana Reef Club

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    How often do you recommend replenishing Tigger Pods? I have a 90 mixed reef, mostly gorgonia and LPS and many NPS inverts. The fuge is a 6-gallon chaeto chamber lit 24/7. The tank is well populated with gammarus pods (Inland Aquatics).
     
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    FWIW, 24/7 lighting actually hampers your macroalgae's ability to absorb nutrients and provide nutrition. Reverse daylight is the most popular choice as it also helps keep pH stable. As for the pods, if you have anything that requires Tiggers, then replenish whenever necessary.
     
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    clsanchez77 Active Member Louisiana Reef Club

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    I switched from reverse photo period to 24/7 just a few months ago and I now have reduced algae growth in the DT and way more growth in the refugium. If there is any hampering growth, then I'm not seeing it in the results with this tank. I plan to cull the chaeto next month and then experiment with an 18 on 6 off reverse schedule to see how it compares to the 24/7. pH swings in my tank just aren't a concern; I typically run 8.0 to 8.2. I try to maintain about a 10% to 15% macro algae cover in my DT. I don't grow SPS and I'm not looking for fast growth on anything. But thanks.

    I don't have anything that "requires" Tiggers, but I like to keep a diversity of live pods. I placed a bottle in the fuge about 2 months ago. As I try to sample the water in different areas, I just cannot find any today. I suspect the gammarus pods ate them. I guess a fuge for one pod is a slaughter house for another.
     
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    TheZachariah Member Louisiana Reef Club

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    Haha Mr. Bill, with logic like that you might just have the answers to All reef questions :p
     
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    Hey there @clsanchez77! Thanks for posting your question here. Sounds like if you have a healthy population of amphipods in the 6 gallon refugium, the Tigger-Pods most likely are getting picked-off. The copepods will have a much better chance taking off in the display since you don't have any fish predators present; but the amphipods will still be present. A 90 gallon tank provides a lot of habitat, so the copepods will have a better chance populating while getting picked-off here and there by amphipods. I have a 30 gallon tank with amphipods, copepods and isopods living in it. I see the populations ebb and flow.

    Some people will add copepods once a month or once a week. Depends on the "need" for copepods.

    Chad
     
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