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Old 12-17-2011, 06:16 PM   #1
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So today after a long thought I decided to go purchase a mandarin for my tank. A little background on my tank: it is a 60 gal tank(48" x 12" x 24") tank. It has ben up and running for over a year now, there is around 100ish or more lbs of liverock. I'm running a 20gal fuge with dsb Chateo and a algae turf scrubber along with some liverock. Ok back to the mandarin, he is about 3 in long very chubby . Currently he only eats pods but I am hoping to teach him to eat prepared foods. Anybody have any advice on how to do this? Also if he ends up not eating prepared foods do you think with the amount of liverock and the added fuge give the pods enough time to reproduce and populate to sustain the mandrin? Pics will be coming soon.
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:35 PM   #2
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I am not an expert on mandarins but i have read alot about them. I know that people usually try an buy them when they are already taught to eat frozen/ live foods. I an not sure if you have enough pods but i know that they can eat about 1000 pods a day, so try and teach him to eat other foods quick! Experiment with differant foods
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:39 PM   #3
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I started mine on very tiny frozen foods like cyclopeeze and plankton then I moved her up to bigger stuff and she now eats mysis brine and loves bloodworms. I also spot fed with a turkey Baster with all flow off at least three times a day. Took about a month to get her 100 percent on prepared.
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:50 PM   #4
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I started mine on very tiny frozen foods like cyclopeeze and plankton then I moved her up to bigger stuff and she now eats mysis brine and loves bloodworms. I also spot fed with a turkey Baster with all flow off at least three times a day. Took about a month to get her 100 percent on prepared.
So by plankton you mean phytoplankton correct? My plan is to stack some rock in the fuge to allow a breeding ground for pods, spot feed phytoplankton then work my way up to brine shrimp then maybe try flakes and frozen food.
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I would definitely get some frozen cyclopeeze. That was the first thing she ate for me. Very tiny and nutritious. I used frozen mini plankton in cubes.
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Alright I will have to stop by the lfs and see what they have in stock. They have always had good luck getting them eat prepared foods. I have always heard great reviews from them.
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Pics!!!!! Haha good luck
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Pics!!!!! Haha good luck
Lol I have heard they like to be camera shy, the way I have my rock work set up I should be able to get a good pic of him.
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With both my dragonets i found the easiest thing to get them take was live bloodworm, neither of them could resist the wriggling! Don't put too put off if it won't eat prepared food right away, my second took a good 6 to 8 weeks.
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