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Old 08-04-2012, 03:04 AM   #1
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Mandarin dragonet?

I don't have very many fish but I really want one of these. Any thoughts on them and there requirements
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:07 AM   #2
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I do not have one but herd it is difficult to keep one healthy in anything less then a 55 or 50-60 lbs of rock on some other sites.

You can train them to eat prepared foods also. If not in about a year you should have enough of a pod population in a 55+ tank
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:20 AM   #3
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mandarins there not that hard to keep as they say
you just need to keep a good supply of pods on hand and train to eat other foods both live and frozen
I have a 20 long breeder tank divided in 3 sections
I keep mysiss and brine and pods
he loves them all , the pods are unbelievable on how fast they reproduce started with 4000 now its triple easy
they strive on cheatoe
brine do good to but easier to add eggs as needed mysiss they just eat them to fast to try to breed lol
my mandarin will also eat frozen
I find being able to raise the feeders it can be cheaper but its hard work
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:51 AM   #4
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I would want one. They are beautiful fish.
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:33 PM   #5
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mandarins there not that hard to keep as they say
you just need to keep a good supply of pods on hand and train to eat other foods both live and frozen.
lol, easier said than done for most people. Many mandarins go their entire lives eating only pods and often ends in people buying bottle after bottle of expensive pods, especially in smaller tanks.

They are every bit as hard to keep as they say when compared to needs of most fish we keep as hobbyists.
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yes mandarins are finicky on what they eat

that's your first chore : train them to eat other foods frozen,pellets,ect

second : buy a small tank add crushed pea size live rock and bubble stick and some dirty water from your main tank

its not rocket science to raise pods 2/3 gal tank with a good bubble stick to keep water churning

the secret use your dirty water from your main tank to start add cheato and pods watch them multiply fast I tripled my stock in less than a month , yes start up cost is about the same as buying a 1000 + pods and a small holding tank but in the long run it pays for itself in the first month its a big reward for both you your fish and friends, to feed fish pull off a small piece of the cheato throw in main tank watch your fish go nuts over them juicy lil buggers infested in the cheato

if your dedicated to raising a mandarin ,gobys or any fish for that matter whats a extra 5 min with maintenance every week on a feeder/breeder tank saves you money and trips to your local fish store

this direction isn't for everyone but it sure pays off in the long run

I make a few bucks every week selling my pods to my friends along with the cheato it grows just as fast

its not a get rich quick kind of thing but it benefits everyone who takes advantage of it

this stuff is hot at swap meets everyone wants some

I already got a bunch of corals for it ,who knows what I trade for next lol

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yes mandarins are finicky on what they eat

that's your first chore : train them to eat other foods frozen,pellets,ect

second : buy a small tank add crushed pea size live rock and bubble stick and some dirty water from your main tank

its not rocket science to raise pods 2/3 gal tank with a good bubble stick to keep water churning

the secret us your water from your main tank to start add cheato and pods watch them multiply fast I tripled my stock in less than a month , yes start up cost is about the same as buying a 1000 + pods and a small holding tank but in the long run it pays for itself in the first month its a big reward for both you your fish and friends, to feed fish pull off a small piece of the cheato throw in main tank watch your fish go nuts over them juicy lil buggers infested in the cheato

if your dedicated to raising a mandarin ,gobys or any fish for that matter whats a extra 5 min with maintenance every week on a feeder/breeder tank saves you money and trips to your local fish store

this direction isn't for everyone but it sure pays off in the long run
If you have a fuge buy a culture of pods to stock the fuge they will reproduce fast enough i have a pair of green mandarin in a 55 with 50-60 lbs of live rock i stocked the pods only once 2 years ago my mandarins bellies are very big and round
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Thx seaweed I actually got a extra 10g just for that
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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
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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.
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