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Old 09-06-2004, 11:28 PM   #1
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How do you QT a Dragonet?

OK, so ... a Spotted or Green Mandarin needs a constant supply of pods to eat.

Assume the display tank has enough LR and a pod population to support a Mandarin.

And assume that a QT would not have many pods, if any.

What does the poor little fishie live on for 3 weeks whilst in quarantine?

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This is a good chance to see if them will accept frozen food. try some different things.
Also, I would no longer bring a fish home that I could not see eating at the LFS first.
You colud also try getting some pods from your prefilter in your main. When I change mine, there are a ton of them on the pad. I put them back in near my scooter and she chows them down.

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Old 09-07-2004, 08:38 AM   #3
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I had to move my mandarin to my display early for this very reason. I have heard that they are a little less susceptible to ich but I don't know if I believe it

Mine was in QT for 2 weeks when I noticed his belly shrinking. He is fatter than ever in my display.

The filter idea is a good one. I keep a filter in my fuge in case I need to collect any pods. I had a tank that I thought did not have any pods until I cleaned the prefilter on one of the PH's
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Old 09-07-2004, 12:04 PM   #4
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I faced the same problem with my manderin. I did not QT it becuase of no food source. It is doing great and has been for serveral months. They are not very prone to ick, they have a pretty think mucus coating with helps protect them.
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IMO I would not worry about it and put it in the display..
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If you used a few sponges couldn't you transfer 2 or 3 between the quarantine and the fuge/main tank, that way he would cosntantly have a fresh supply of pods? Then just keep changing so he gets more? Just an idea, I don't even have water in my tank yet. So don't lsiten to me
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Old 09-07-2004, 09:32 PM   #7
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mine ate invertabrate banquet during qt.

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