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Old 10-16-2011, 06:23 PM   #1
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Mandarin Dragonnet and pods

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How can you say you have enough pods to feed a Dragonnet?
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:01 PM   #2
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you can't, unless you don't see it eating or picking at the rocks.

try and train it to eat prepared food or invest in a HOB refugium and dump bottled pods in there so they can live and bread and eventually flow out into the main display or get a sump fuge, your choice, although an HOB is better for the distibution of pods
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:01 AM   #3
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if you have a refugium or fuge with live rock and some macro algae and you see constant pods, I don't mean a few here and there, I mean IMMENSE amounts of them I would say you might be ready. ususally it takes months and months to get the population of pods to where it can sustain a mandarin.

I have a blue ORA mandarin, supposedly it was raised on pellets and prepared foods. It took about a month of constant feeding of a myriad of frozen foods to get mine to eat. Luckily I had enough pods to get her by in the meantime. I have a fuge on the back of my biocube so I believe that helped alot.
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:57 PM   #4
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Hummmmmmm......always had a crush for this fish But would'nt want to see one of these guys starve...I have a 5g fuge in my sump with 3 lbs of rock and a ball of chaeto. This is a 30g tank, running for 2 months. I have 2 false perculas, I plan to house a Bengal Cardinal (which is the next fish I plan to add in a few weeks) and a Coral Beauty Angelfish too (i'll add it last). I plan to wait this spring before I add the dragonnet, after 6 months do you think I'll have enough pods? I saw those pods in bottle you can buy online. If wonder if they keep some at my LFS. I could seed my fuge with it a few weeks before I add the dragonnet? I saw pods during my cycle (always saw 4 or 5 wandering on my rock) and I don't see anymore since I put fish in there.
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you could always add a few bottles of pods to the fuge and wait till they start to reproduce and cause a spike before you get a mandarin. you can also put some small pieces of rock in the fuge and once or twice a week move the rock from the fuge to the display tank so that the pods can spread out more and feed more
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:43 AM   #6
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I like the idea of rock switching from display to fuge. Well, I'll think about it, and I have plenty of time to change my mind, but this fish is beautiful, and I'd really like to have it.
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What kind of pods do u have that you can see, and where can I get some? I plan on getting a mandarin some day, and want to get them started, I already put a bag of pods + in from reef cleaners, but you can't see them.
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I had an ample supply of pods already, they just seem to multiply and now I have really big fat juicy ones. lol
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