pods are tiny crustaceans that are found in most tanks. most are about an 1/8 to a 1/4" in length. most are amphipods, but some are copepods. they look like small shrimp running around the base of the LR. tend to be out more at night than during the day. definately if there is a predator around (scooter blenny).
try shinning a flashlight at night at the base of your aquascaping and see if you see any small scurrying critters.
yeah sorry i forget to specify about the pods. But many pods come in on live rock (thats how my main supply came in) As long as your scooter isn't starving, the pods can keep a steady supply of food for him :thumbup:
Unfortunately I don't believe that is big enough to sustain a pod population. Scooters are as hard to keep as mandarins, imo, and shouldn't be kept in anything but large tanks with a lots of live rock for pods to thrive in.
I think you have a couple of choices, none of which is going to make you happy:
1. You can order pods online, but they are about $30 and my guess is you would have to purchase them at least a few times a month to keep your scooter alive.
2. Take him back to the LFS...perhaps they can put him in a tank where he can survive. Perhaps he will get lucky and be sold to someone with a large tank with a big pod population. Or do you know someone with a tank that fits this description?
3. Purchase a bigger tank yourself. The only problem would be curing LR...that normally takes months.
4. I was going to suggest a pod refugium for your tank, but I think 12 gallons is just too small. Perhaps not...and others will chime in.
Well I did some more research and the blenny will eat live brine shrimp, so I went and got some for him yesterday. He ate wonderfully. I think I am going to try and train him to take the frozen. if not he will have a diet of brine shrimp
Will the fish store that you bought it at take it back? Maybe they will trade with you if you can't get your money back for it. A scooter blenny really requires a larger tank, noted that a 30 gallon is the minimum sized tank for it to live in. A scooter blenny is a difficult fish to keep, just as any dragonet is. Good luck. Keep us posted.
Well returning him is not an option, and I do not know anyone else with a SW tank. As far as feeding the brine shrimp, my goal is to train him to actually eat the frozen brine shrimp that is fortified. This is really the best I can do at this time.