View Full Version : Pods or no pods

02/20/2013, 01:21 PM
Im confused on the pod topic if you have pods do you need a sock? If so won't they just get trapped and die. What are the benefits of having pods besides food for mandarins.

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Mr. Bill
02/21/2013, 10:21 AM
If you have a good population of pods, the number that gets trapped in a sock would be minimal, same as what would get sucked into a HOB skimmer in a sumpless system.

Pods feed on detritus and algae, and provide a live, natural food source for many corals, inverts, and a variety of fish. Are they necessary? Absolutely not (unless you have a mandarin); but along with the aforementioned benefits, they're also a good indicator of the overall health of one's system.

03/02/2013, 12:45 PM
Pods are also great to watch :)

03/24/2013, 05:25 PM
I run a sponge in my sump I often wonder if i just kill more pods than the sponge is worth..

03/25/2013, 08:02 AM
I have so far never used any physical filtration (if you don't count skimmers) in my tanks and the water is clear nonetheless.

I'm currently setting up a new sumpless 60g tank in my office and am going to use a Tunze 3163 filter on it - I'm very interested if I will notice a difference.

03/27/2013, 09:49 AM
I never used a sock for the longest time. They will make it through the return pumps with no harm. After i added a sock they do tend to get cought up in it. which i try to pick out when changing out socks. So to answer 1) a sock is not necessary (pros and cons to everything) 2) If you have a sock they will live in it. Much of the micro alage, food, waste, ect that gets caught up in the sock will be eaten by the pods, so they wont die. Though if you do use a sock and are worried about the population when turning the sock inside out grab a small container and shake them into it.

03/27/2013, 09:54 PM
Socks are good and bad. Change them regularly and you're one up on me. An established tank should have so many pods, a sock should not be a concern.

04/13/2013, 05:55 PM
based on experience I just let them grow.... if they become a problem (which they will be eaten before then) use a net to catch some.

04/14/2013, 03:36 AM
How about moving this to a copepod-related forum rather that a cephalopod one? :)

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