I thought I'd share an interesting experience I've had with pods and newly-glued SPS frags.
With the last couple of SPS frag packs I've purchased, I've had a lot of death within 24 hours. I chalked the 1st time it happened up to different tank parameters. With the 2nd pack, I lost 6 out of 10 overnight, with the remaining 4 on life support. Water testing showed no issues.
Then, I remembered something I had observed previously. Whenever I glue new frags, the pods (big amphipods) are all over them after lights-out. Could they be attracted to the glue and, as a result, stressing the frags?
I tested this theory last night, after I received another SPS pack. I put 8 newly-glued frags up high on a frag-rack instead of on the liverock. I also glued a couple of empty plugs to the rocks.
Result? After light-out, the empty plugs were swarming with pods and the frags were clear. This morning, all frags are alive and looking great.
Coincidence? Anecdotal evidence?
Perhaps I'm wrong, but I don't think so.