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Old 10-26-2004, 04:27 PM   #1
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Advice on caring for Mandarin fish

Soliciting advice from all keepers of this beautiful fish. I am considering adding this to my 1 year+ old 135G reef tank. But with everything I have been reading, I want to solicit some experiences on acquiring and caring for this fish. How have others dealt with QT issues given the nutritional requirements? Appreciate as much information as you can supply. Thanks
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Old 10-26-2004, 04:38 PM   #2
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Haven't owned one, but they munch copepods mostly (at all?) right? Should be pretty easy to scoop some out of your main tank and put them in the QT.. it's just the other way around you need to be worried about.
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Old 10-26-2004, 04:40 PM   #3
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Well I plan to use tank water for the QT. I just wonder what other strategies others may have used for this. Thanks
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A guy in my area has been able to get his green mandarins to eat mysis shrimp. Don't know how he did it...but it is possible.

But I don't have an old enough, or large enough tank for them, so I can't comment otherwise.
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Thanks for being so careful Sam. The Mandarin is a fish that should be rare and hard to find. Unfortunatly every fish store has at least 2 for sale at any given time. 98% of them die from starvation. Your concern is refreshing.

As far as how to care for them, I have no Idea. It sounds like it should be fine in your main tank as long as you have lots of live rock and a large copopod population. Feeding in QT may be a bit difficult.
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Its a tough fish. A system with a large pod population is needed. Unlike their cousins the Scooter dragonet, they seem to rarely take to frozen food and many slowly starve.
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Old 10-26-2004, 09:44 PM   #7
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100 plus lbs of LR is a good start. The more LR the better. Also, as with all fish, it is important to pick out a very healthy one. Check your filter pads and Lr after dark to see if you have an abundance of pods.
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When I put mine into QT, I put some of my LS and I also took out some water in a container and shook some of my live rock into the container. This seemed to suffice for the two weeks he was in there. Had him about a year now. He's so peaceful that you barely know he's in there.
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Oh, I didn't explain myself very well lol. I put the water from the container in the QT. And like you, I use my water from the main tank for QT.
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I normally QT all of my new-arrivals, but given the special dietary needs of my mandarin I introduced it directly to the main tank. They are less prone to parasites due to thier think mucus coat. In fact, they may look like they have ich but it is just sand stuck to the slime coat. It has been several months now and no problems.
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