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Old 07-05-2012, 08:51 PM   #11
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I had a green mandarin setup to train prepared foods. It was in an acrylic box that hung off the tank & allowed water to flow through from the tank. This kept him isolated and allowed easy target feeding.

Within 2 days it was eating garlic soaked frozen brine and a few days after he was eating garlic soaked Reef Pearls. He grew like mad for the 1.5 weeks he was in there. Unfortunately a hardware malfunction caused his death before I could transfer him.

IMO I would only put a mandarin into my tank after training. Even if you feel you have the pods, this way you can be fairly sure you have a backup to keep it alive. You can't train them effectively in tank.

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Old 07-06-2012, 04:36 AM   #12
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I've never had a problem with my two mandarins. Both eat prepared food and always have. My lfs didn't train them either, guess I just got lucky.

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Old 07-06-2012, 08:19 AM   #13
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They are incredibly colorful, so I well go ahead and try them once my tank is cycled!

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