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Old 07-08-2012, 12:44 PM   #1
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Well I've had my mandarin for almost 6 months and he's doing great even eating frozen when I give it to him but my pod population in my refugium is absolutely MASSIVE at this point so decided to give him a few days in there to enjoy some easy hunting
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I read they may resort back to pods and have to be retrained to eat prepared foods. Hopefully this isn't the case. He looks happy enough in there tho.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:55 PM   #3
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I never tried to train him to eat frozen just found out one day when I noticed him eyeing up my dropper as I was feeding so gave it a shot haha
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Oh, I got it, you are one of the lucky few lol. I am not speaking from experience, I have always wanted one. I am afraid of the outcome haha.

Just for my own information. How much LR do you keep on you DT?
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About 60 lbs in my 46 gallon bowfront and about 15 lbs in my 8ish gallon fuge
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I wouldn't keep him in refuge too long. That tank is a place to sustain your pod population. He could wipe it out In a week. Get him in display and utilize refuge for pod production. They will end up in display thru you return pump.
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About 60 lbs in my 46 gallon bowfront and about 15 lbs in my 8ish gallon fuge
Thanks for the info!
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I wouldn't keep him in refuge too long. That tank is a place to sustain your pod population. He could wipe it out In a week. Get him in display and utilize refuge for pod production. They will end up in display thru you return pump.
Wouldn't the pump "hack" them up?
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Wouldn't the pump "hack" them up?
I would say no. Maybe a big amphipod would get killed. But small Copepods I am sure would make thru impeller. Another way to transfer pods is at night by placing rocks from refuge in display every once in while. Or have a pod bundle that you switch out once in while. All it is is rock inside a plastic gutter guard zip tied together.
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I would say no. Maybe a big amphipod would get killed. But small Copepods I am sure would make thru impeller. Another way to transfer pods is at night by placing rocks from refuge in display every once in while. Or have a pod bundle that you switch out once in while. All it is is rock inside a plastic gutter guard zip tied together.
Yea i have heard of this being done. They but it in the fuge for a little while and let the pods climb on in. Then they drop them in the DT and it supplies pods to the DT for the dragonette
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