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Old 09-28-2014, 04:20 PM   #1
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Dragonetts and mandarins

Ok, so i had a mandarin for 3 weeks and today he died.
I had him in a qt with other fish, as i am carrying out hypo and the lfs i bought him from keep there salinity at 0.14 so i thought would make sense to hit 2 birds with 1 stone.
I have been trying to target feed him brine shrimp and mysis.
From when i had him he hasnt really been too active but seemed ok just subdued.
Attacking his reflection etc.

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Mandarins have to be constantly eating. Which means they need a stable population of pods, which a qt tank in hypo does not have. He most likely starved
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Old 09-28-2014, 04:39 PM   #3
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Yea i think he did. But i am so worried of getting white spot again.
Pod population in my dt is massive!
Also they were feeding him frozen in the shop!
Bit confused!


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Dragonetts and mandarins

Mandarins really don't get ich due to their slime coats ring quite thick. They can but it's less common ten most othe fish we keep. If you're going to qt the mandarin he needs a tank setup with tons of sand and rock to forage on while in qt. I'd just put it right in the display no qt or them.


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this is just a thought since you said you were dealing with white spot / ick
i know you said you were in hypo but were you treating the qt tank with copper also ? mandarins cant tolerate copper as they dont have scales like other fish

dont think it died from starvation as it takes 7 to 10 days for that to even show signs
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No copper!
The only other thing is obviously as i was trying to target feed him he had other fish kind of busy around him. Could that of caused stress?
I think it may of been starvation as he got more and more lethargic.
Im not sure why though!


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this is just a thought since you said you were dealing with white spot / ick
i know you said you were in hypo but were you treating the qt tank with copper also ? mandarins cant tolerate copper as they dont have scales like other fish

dont think it died from starvation as it takes 7 to 10 days for that to even show signs
The mandarin was in the qt for 3 weeks (21 days). I think that's plenty for it to starve off.
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Next time I'd just QT the mandarin without the additional stress of hyposalinity or other treatments. Lots of rocks in there like someone mentioned for pods. And all by himself.
I agree you starved him. 3 weeks without anything to eat that he wants would have done him in.


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Yea the reason i put him in with the other fish in hypo is because the lfs keep there salinity at .014 so it was kind of convinient!
He ate but i dont think enough because of the competition.

I love the mandarins and want to try again eventually but just want to know the best way. Bearing in mind my dt has been seeded and basically the tank is swarming with pods.
However on the other hand i am treating for ich now and it is a right pain to do and so want to avoid risking getting it again!!


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I have had my mandarin almost a year now I got mine as a juvenile and has been growing ever since. I would just go straight for the DT since he will have to food source and your less likely to have a mandarin with ich than any other fish just acclimate him. Also some stores sell live pods in the bottle I put a bottle in with mine the day I added him just incase even though I already had a large population. Just watch the mandarin they eat all the time so if you don't see it striking the rock all the time it's not eating.


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