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Old 07-09-2010, 03:51 PM   #11
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I guess I'm the exception to the manderin rule. Did my research, knew what they were all about, and bought one. My tank was only 4 months old, with about 90lbs of LR. However, I was easily able to train my manderin to eat mysis/brine. He will eat anything now. I've even seen him nip at flake.
What else you got in that tank? AS Mandarins are very slow feeders and other fish would easily eat all the food before it would even have a chance at it.
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:59 PM   #12
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Scooter blenny, Kole tang, 2 clowns, and a fairy wrasse. My manderin is a fat little dude lol. When I turn off my power heads, he knows its feeding time and comes right out and pick up the mysis/brine.

I used to feed him with a long tube that had a syrenge on the end of it. Now though he swims freely to grab the food.
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There's always an exception. I've kept 4 tangs in a 75 for over a year, and they have yet to touch one another. Everyone's got different luck, I guess.

Still, I wouldn't advise the OP to stick a mandarin that is weened on frozen or prepared foods in a tank less than 55 or 75 gallons.
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I agree. 20 is way to small.
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After you do your homework if you still want to try and train a mandarin onto prepared foods let me know and i will dig up a thread i found a while back on how to do it.
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:27 PM   #16
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Here's how I trained my Manderin:


First, make sure you buy come of those copapod in a bottle things and dump it in before you get him.

Next buy your Manderin!

After he's in the tank, let him settle down for a day or two.

Buy some kind of heavy duity airline tubing, along with a small syringe. The heavy duity airline tubeing I got from my LFS for free. It's like a thick plastic that can be heated and bent. I will post a pic of my syringe setup when I get home.

Next, get your frozen brine/mysis ready. Suck some up in the tube using the syringe, and put it right in front of the Manderin. It may take some time, but he will eventually try it, and realize it is very tasty!

After a while, once you dip the hose into the tank, he will actually swim toward you expecting and awaiting you to feed him. You now have a trained Manderin.
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In reply to ryshark I was only planning on putting one in there actually (with some clean up crew as well) and if the mandarin did manage to adapt to eat most foods I might of added a few other small peaceful inhabitants.
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