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raising tig pods - tiny 2.5g tank experimental culture #2

 Lisa
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2nd attempt at raising tig pods is officially underway. 

Original attempt was outdoor lazy banana leaf method I found online - that is still underway but seems to be failing. Suspect Texas temperature and full day direct sunshine is too much, but that pod culture experiment still underway. 

2nd attempt is indoors using tiny 2.5g tank I picked up this weekend from Dallas North Aquarium. Added 2 bottles of tig pods, 2"x1.5" banana skin, new clean saltwater, poured 1 capsule of spirulina powder, started with 300ml live phyto, repurposed my refugium sump light (5k LED $3.50 light - thanks Melev's Reef for tip!), little bit of tape to track water level and fingers crossed!

This morning pods were all over, but once light turned on, pods are all clustered along top... is it for light (probably)... is it for oxygen (did not add air stone purposely, based on other outdoor pod culture experiment's directions)... 

Buy my live phyto cheap from online guy - would LOVE local someone if you make extra phyto then PM me - hate that shipping companies are making so much money with people not buying local. I'd be glad to support someone local, even if just 1x buy. I am getting mixed species phyto as my usual purpose for it is trying to out-compete green hair algae but don't know that pods or main tank care what species I use. 

Welcome advice and comments. 

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Topic starter Posted : 10/11/2021 10:12 am
 Lisa
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Indoor pod culture in tiny 2.5 gallon tank going FANTASTIC. Have begun daily feeding pods from tiny tank to main tank. Found brine shrimp net was too 'net like' with scoop and tiny tank is bit gunky so I ordered flat pod/brine shrimp nets that are shaped like tiny tennis racquets instead of like fish net shape. These are working out really well. I went with a cheap 5 pack of nets because didn't see anything cheaper - I like having the extras so after feeding I can rinse, dry and reuse nets. Worry either hair algae or Vibrant in main tank will somehow interfere with indoor tiny tank pod culture - but may be needless worry. 

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Topic starter Posted : 10/25/2021 9:19 pm
 Lisa
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October 26, 2021 update - seems pods reproducing enough moving to 2x daily pod feedings. Inside tiny tank is going VERY VERY well. Feeding spirulina may prevent 2x daily feedings - Spirulina is MESSY! I don't like catching bunch of Spirulina in net, so this morning I scooped pods before feeding Spirulina. LOVE this 'lazy banana leaf' pod method! Just feed bit of spirulina, stir with stick from yard, and harvest.

Many many more are lower in tiny tank. Usually I can't see them at surface so not sure if stir brought them up or they are waiting for spirulina. I ran net thru water column and took picture, then fed pod tank. Here is tiny tank photo. 

indoor pod culture on Oct 26 2021 with pods in net

My outdoor pod experiment seems to have failed... it stinks... EEW. That 55L or 13.5 gallon storage bin outdoor experiment would have had capacity for WAY more pods. Suspect Texas heat as my backyard is southern facing, no shade and by backdoor sat on cement pool apron which may have amplified heat. Others around country reported outside working well, and while indoor worked for them as winter way to get by, no one recommended indoors. I added same light I used in my refugium that had macroalgae exploding ($3.50 5K LED bulb from home improvement store) so perhaps that is why my indoor culture going so well vs other reports. 

If anyone has questions, feel free to PM me.

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Topic starter Posted : 10/26/2021 9:37 am
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Turns out Lazy Banana Leaf (Peel) Culture method can fail if heavily overfed by fish sitter if you travel for a week... sigh... Last night raced to DFWMAS partner LFS bought 3 bottles of Reef Nutrition Tigger Pods. 1 bottle straight into display tank in case mandarins hungry. Two bottles into replacement tiny tank. Now I'm using cheap plastic party beverage dispenser so if I need to reduce water volume its just a quick spigot opening... Remember: LAZY Banana Leaf (Peel) Culture (giggle)... This next experiment I can be even lazier since never supposed to clean anyhow. Did two bottles instead of 1 because I want to be pulling out pods in 3 days.

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Added fresh mix saltwater to newest tiny "tank" (beverage container). Drained original tiny 2.5 gallon tank, strained sludge & 1"x2" banana peel into new smaller container. New water with sludge looked sludgy still, so strained water again, put new saltwater again in beverage container, put 2x strained sludge into beverage container (looked just a bit gunky). Added 2 bottles of Reef Nutrition Tigger Pods. Added 150ml live phyto from online seller. Added spirulina capsule contents equivalent to beverage container - this is tiny amount of spirulina powder. Found egg crate and put on top of beverage container to support shop light with 5k LED light bulb. Only been a few hours, but pods doing well.

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Topic starter Posted : 11/16/2021 7:13 pm
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