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Old 11-29-2004, 09:51 AM   #11
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Congrats! it should be very hapy in it's new digs. I did not QT my mandarin either. SInce they have such a specific food supply, they would not survive too long in a QT tank. They do have a pretty think mucus covering that makes them fairly resistant to infections/paracites. Good luck with the new addition! Lando
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Old 11-29-2004, 10:08 AM   #12
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great fish!

And its good that your responsible about making sure it was "time" before you got one.

I have seen so many of them go home only to be put in a 10 gallon tank with no Live Rock. The Mandrin should not be made so readily available to the hobbiest. (my LFS has about 5 at any given time. ) There should be some sort of law that says that you must have a certain size tank with a certain amount of LR and a certain age of the system before you can leagally purchase this fish.

anyways. It looks like you are on the right track! more pics!
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Old 11-29-2004, 10:15 AM   #13
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she looks like one beautiful fat and happy fish great buy i did not qt my mandarin either cmor like you figured fastest path to the pods was more important as she gets used to the tank you will see her more and more so keep the cam close
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Old 11-29-2004, 12:13 PM   #14
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My LFS has an ocean full of these beauties at any given time too. I'm with Rocket. You should have to pass a test before you can take one home. If it weren't for you guys I'd probably already have one
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Old 11-29-2004, 01:16 PM   #15
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If it weren't for you guys I'd probably already have one
same here. I was told by my LFS that they like brine shrimp just fine.....NOT! good thing I checked it out first.
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Old 11-29-2004, 06:35 PM   #16
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Jester, Mandarins are dragonets and there are Finger, Ocellated(Scooter), Spotted(Psychedelic, Picture), Stellate(Starry), and of course the Green Mandarin Dragonets. HTH
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so jealous...I wanted a green mandarin when I setup my tank...then I find out their special diet needs, and that my tank just isn't large enough.
*cry*
some day though.

and for teh record, a local guy here is keeping mandarins with frozen mysis shrimp. So its doable, but I wouldn't advise it unless you're a big fish geek, and are willing to return the fish if he won't eat mysis and gets too skinny.
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Old 11-30-2004, 03:54 PM   #18
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Some do eat prepaired foods, most wont. I had one that would eat shrimp, He was big and died after 6 months Not sure whay he was fat??
Waited a while before I got another and also added a fuge.
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