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Old 03-27-2011, 02:08 PM   #11
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Here's a picture. Sorry, not the best quality. It's hard to photograph it, he's in my daughter's sea monkeys container. His body is at least an inch wide.
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:16 PM   #12
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did you buy those crabs? or did they hitchhike
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Looks pretty big!

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They are definitely hitchhikers! We bought this tank used from someone last month, with all the stuff in it. He knew he had a crab in there, and he never bothered getting him out. That mandarin was in this tank for 14 months, and was doing super well too. Can't believe he's gone.
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That mandarin was in this tank for 14 months, and was doing super well too. Can't believe he's gone.
He was probably supplementing pods. Once you bought the tank the supply depleted, and he starved.
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He was probably supplementing pods. Once you bought the tank the supply depleted, and he starved.
What do pods eat?
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:36 AM   #17
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What do pods eat?
Sorry, I'll be more clear. Mandarins usually only eat copepods. You can buy copepods if your tank isn't plentiful. I was suggesting that the previous owner probably bought copepods, since it's unlikely the tank had a large enough supply of pods for the mandarin. Then you obtained the tank and the source of copepods stopped. Then he had nothing to eat and starved.
As Cmor said, it would have been pretty pricey to keep up though, especially for 14 months. Perhaps he wasn't really in there for 14 months?
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If you've got enuf rock in your tank, pods can live in the nooks and crannies and multiply on their own. I had a big fat mandarin that lived in my 72g tank for years with about 100 lbs or more of rock.
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Thanks everyone. When we bought the tank it was established for 18 months, and it has live rocks and a refugium in the back with some macro algae. I could see copepods in the tanks on a regular basis, but then again, I am not sure if he had enough. Not entirely sure. He was a pretty tiny mandarin, especially for being 14 months old. He didn't seem to be in any kind of distress but that too is hard to tell I suppose. On a good note, we caught another one of the crabs last night. Off away he goes... Still have some babies to catch though, they may be harder to catch, as they seem to stay under the nooks and crannies at the bottom. We may have to lift all the rocks and find them ourselves. I'll update you as I go. Thanks again!
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And here's the second crab. He's missing 2 legs on one side. I am not so sad for him though.
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