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Old 08-04-2012, 10:20 PM   #11
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Ya I've heard that. My LFS has had success with training them to eat from your hands
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:45 AM   #12
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In reality it's not terribly hard to train a mandarin to eat in a week or two.

I held mine in a Hagen breeder box (hob) to keep it isolated & easily accessed. I started with garlic soaked brine to Mysis to garlic soaked Reef Pearls.

The breeder box gets water pumped in one side & overflows out the other. This keeps a slight current which keeps the food suspended & may make it more appetizing to the mandarin.

Without training, mandarins are a gamble. If you put the effort into training, you know it will eat prepared foods if it gets hungry enough.
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:47 AM   #13
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Thx a lot guys I'm gonna give these ideas a shot. Whatever it takes to keep mandrin
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:11 AM   #14
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I'm looking into buying a 1000 pods to jump start the process. Reef2go.com has 500 get 500 free $20 I'm gonna add it to my order course
Watch the weather when you order them as it was hot when I ordered mine 2nd day and they still came in cooked to death, and R2G will refund your $20.00 but will not refund any shipping at all.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:49 AM   #15
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That is true
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:28 AM   #16
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I just got a twin spot gobby two days ago, wake up to find one of my emerald crabs snacking away on him. They got to go that's the second fish they got. Although this time it ended badly for the little guy.
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:52 AM   #17
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I just got a twin spot gobby two days ago, wake up to find one of my emerald crabs snacking away on him. They got to go that's the second fish they got. Although this time it ended badly for the little guy.
Yeah, pretty sure my ruby crab killed one of my fish too.
I've read from other people that they will kill fish if they can get ahold of them.
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Yeah, pretty sure my ruby crab killed one of my fish too.
I've read from other people that they will kill fish if they can get ahold of them.
BTW, sorry about your fish.
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Ya thx I'm not sure what to do I like them in the tank idk
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:37 PM   #20
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If your going to get one, get a tank raised mandarin from ORA, they have a much better chance of survival.
Yes go for a ORA mandarin, I have one that eats anything! Frozen, pellet, flake, never seen him turn a meal down.
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