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Old 03-26-2014, 07:49 PM   #11
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I tried breeding my own pods in a 10g but did not do very well at all.

The best advice, from a former mandarin owner is to wait until you have enough pods naturally before getting one. I alson would strongly suggest an ORA mandarin, as they have been eating pellets so it has a better shot at taking frozen food in my experience.

Keeping another whole tank that needs special food so that you can feed another tank with a special needs fish just seems like a huge hassle and you still have to produce enough pods for the mandarin, who as mentioned above can decimate thousands at a sitting.
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Buy a 125 reef ready, toss in 150 pounds of uncured live rock, let it cycle and run the tank for a year with no pod eating fish in it, then you can have a mandarin long term. Piece of cake!
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Breeding Copepods!

Special needs fish... I like that. Liveaquaria should adopt that description.

That means most wrasses and a bunch of other fish are not allowed. It can be done. But you need to be careful because one single wrasse can out compete a mandarin easily. And if the pod population takes a nose dive, so will the Mandarine. They will eat more than live pods, they will eat live baby brine shrimp and live worms. The DIY feeder Paul B came up with (another forum) is on the internet and YouTube. It is far easier to grow baby brine and worms than it is pods. Yes, I know the baby brine hasn't a lot of nutrition in them, but they will gorge themselves on them. The same guy has pictures of his Mandarines spawning. If I ever get another Mandarine, I will try his methods. The pod farm didn't work out and I hate losing a fish.
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