Copepod Breeding Tank

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by jarjor, May 21, 2019.

  1. jarjor

    jarjor RRMAS Supporter

    Curious,

    Has anyone ever tried to breed their own copepod population? I am just now starting for my red mandarin dragonette (Valyria is her name ;)). Seems pretty dang straight-forward and just following YouTube DYI vids. If it works out, then I will be starting on making my own Phyto next.

    Jarrett
     
  2. portereef

    portereef RRMAS Supporter

    Following! I am interested to see what you do. I did an internship that I used to raise artemia and other species of pods
     
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  3. huntindoc

    huntindoc RRMAS BOD Membership Director Staff Member

    Definitely following....figure out how to do this Jarrett so we can all give it a whirl! Missed you at the meeting but glad you were where you needed to be!
     
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  4. Adam Mulling

    Adam Mulling RRMAS Supporter

    I did it for a will and now I just have them in my fug just need small tank air pump and air stone along with chaeto and a light then the need some food
     
  5. jarjor

    jarjor RRMAS Supporter

    I don’t have a fuge and can’t with my setup, so trying it externally:)
     
  6. jarjor

    jarjor RRMAS Supporter

    Plus my mandarin can eat 1k a day
     
  7. Adam Mulling

    Adam Mulling RRMAS Supporter

    All good should be able to with like a gallon fish bowl I had mine in a 2.5 gallon when I was external
     
  8. Adam Mulling

    Adam Mulling RRMAS Supporter

    Yep mine eats frozen
     
  9. jarjor

    jarjor RRMAS Supporter

    I’m using a 10 gal tank right now about 2/3 or full. So just trying out this experiment that will hopefully save me some $$$. lol
     
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  10. huntindoc

    huntindoc RRMAS BOD Membership Director Staff Member

    Sounds good Jarrett. Mandarins have such small stomachs they can't usually subsist on frozen foods even if they eat them. They are made to hunt all day. You're giving me hope I may be able to have one some day.

    What do you think of this product to put in your culture tank when your want to export some? https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/pod-chest-barr-aquatic-systems.html
     
  11. jarjor

    jarjor RRMAS Supporter

  12. Adam Mulling

    Adam Mulling RRMAS Supporter

    You’ll be surprised mine still eats pods when I started my new tank I put 4 bottles of pods in and then put a bottle or two every few weeks and mine is still hunting if you come to the next meeting I’ll show you my setup mine is like 6 months and still going strong
     
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  13. Adam Mulling

    Adam Mulling RRMAS Supporter

  14. jarjor

    jarjor RRMAS Supporter

    Yea, I can get her to eat PE Calanus but I have to turn off all pumps so it settles and she can pick it off the sand and rocks. Once she starts hunting again on the glass, I turn back on the flow. lol
     
  15. Adam Mulling

    Adam Mulling RRMAS Supporter

    Mine loves blood worms for some reason
     
  16. jarjor

    jarjor RRMAS Supporter

    hmm I'll have to pick some up...mine did not give frozen brine shrimp the time of day, which I heard it was easiest to train them on frozen. :rolleyes:
     
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  17. jarjor

    jarjor RRMAS Supporter

    Here's my little setup so far. I added the AlgaeBarn 5280 bugs and clean Chaeto in yesterday afternoon. I don't know if i need sand due to all the marinepure (and 2 pod hotels) in there from my reef tank to get it cycled fast.
     

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  18. Adam Mulling

    Adam Mulling RRMAS Supporter

    That was mine
     

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  19. jarjor

    jarjor RRMAS Supporter

    Pretty much the same idea ;)
     
  20. jarjor

    jarjor RRMAS Supporter

    Do you guys know where I can get rigid airline tubing (aquarium pump size) other than online? I am ready to start making my own phytoplankton for my pods but am missing that one thing. Do not see them at Petco or Petsmart. @huntindoc @Adam Mulling @portereef
    Thanks!
     

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