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Old 12-04-2012, 05:55 PM   #1
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Im new to keeping Mandarin dragonets. I bought a female 3 weeks ago and it is doing well and eating mysis and pods. I also started keeping chaeto in a net breeder for that reason a week ago. Shook the breeder yesterday and crap load of pods came out. Since i have a good pod population growing, i want to add a male mandarin. If i add one, will they be okay together? Will they pair or fight?
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:34 PM   #2
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What size tank? One can.consume all the pods in a short time two would be kinda risky..
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:02 PM   #3
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I have a 40 gallon. Shouldnt i be okay if i have pods populating in my chaeto? The one i have currently gets fat off of mysis.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
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If you dont mind, what did you have to do for the small net breeder w/ chaeto? Is it as simple as I think, place fishnet in tank w/ chaeto let pods migrate to that spot? I am interested in keeping a mandarin down the line as well which is why I ask. Pics if possible? Thanks!
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it's not as easy as it sounds matching up mandarins is a hit or miss either they will get along or fight till the death



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One can.consume all the pods in a short time two would be kinda risky..
This needs to be considered

not only will the mandarins consume the pods so will all the other fish in your tank

I add 3000+ every other day to maintain pod population in my main tank
most fish not only mandarins will consume a well populated tank with pods in 1/2 days

you must be able to breed pods in mass quantity's or it's a loosing battle

I use a 30gal long breeder divided into 3 sections for raising pods , mysiss , and brine shrimp

you must also plump them up with good nutrients like phyco pure copepod blend

this will ensure your fish stay healthy with well needed nutrients

raising feeders can be a lot of work maintaining water for proper temps in each section and water quality as they each require different water quality's , temps and parameters for breeding

it can also get quite smelly if you don't keep up proper maintenance
they require lots of water movement along with lr rubble and decent amounts of macro's to hide in
I also have the lighting set up for 5 hour cycles this fools them
leading them to breed faster

another thing I should mention is always wear long sleeve gloves when handling them as pods will burrow into your pours in your skin quite fast , their like leeches and suck blood
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They should be okay together, just watch them closely, and it is even easier for you since the female is eating prepared foods, that means you don't have to rely on the pods but they are still very beneficial to the health of the mandarins. Good luck
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:40 PM   #7
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it's not as easy as it sounds matching up mandarins is a hit or miss either they will get along or fight till the death

This needs to be considered

not only will the mandarins consume the pods so will all the other fish in your tank

I add 3000+ every other day to maintain pod population in my main tank
most fish not only mandarins will consume a well populated tank with pods in 1/2 days

you must be able to breed pods in mass quantity's or it's a loosing battle

I use a 30gal long breeder divided into 3 sections for raising pods , mysiss , and brine shrimp

you must also plump them up with good nutrients like phyco pure copepod blend

this will ensure your fish stay healthy with well needed nutrients

raising feeders can be a lot of work maintaining water for proper temps in each section and water quality as they each require different water quality's , temps and parameters for breeding

it can also get quite smelly if you don't keep up proper maintenance
they require lots of water movement along with lr rubble and decent amounts of macro's to hide in
I also have the lighting set up for 5 hour cycles this fools them
leading them to breed faster

another thing I should mention is always wear long sleeve gloves when handling them as pods will burrow into your pours in your skin quite fast , their like leeches and suck blood
Thanks for the info. Maybe ill wait to see how fast my pods get depleted because right i can see them all over the tank walls. I built this dragonet feeder box but havent tried to train her on it yet.



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If you dont mind, what did you have to do for the small net breeder w/ chaeto? Is it as simple as I think, place fishnet in tank w/ chaeto let pods migrate to that spot? I am interested in keeping a mandarin down the line as well which is why I ask. Pics if possible? Thanks!
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No fish ever go in there. My hermits manage to climb in though. My return outtake points into it for waterflow while it catches light from my LEDs. Dont have room in my sump for it nor a good fuge light.
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Bet your Mandy will be the first if it's spewing pods in there.

Did you get an ORA Mandarin?
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Bet your Mandy will be the first if it's spewing pods in there.

Did you get an ORA Mandarin?
If i do see fish stealing from the cookie jar ill put some egg crate on top. No ORA, shes wild caught. I had the LFS feed frozen brine and watched her eat some before i purchased.
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Im new to keeping Mandarin dragonets. I bought a female 3 weeks ago and it is doing well and eating mysis and pods. I also started keeping chaeto in a net breeder for that reason a week ago. Shook the breeder yesterday and crap load of pods came out. Since i have a good pod population growing, i want to add a male mandarin. If i add one, will they be okay together? Will they pair or fight?
I stocked my fugi once 3 years ago with 1000 pods and i keep a pair of mandarin in 55g they are fat and healthy no need to keep throwing pods in they reproduce at a very rapid rate if they have a safe place
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