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Old 09-15-2010, 07:37 PM   #1
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She wants a mandarin

Went to the lfs today and they had just got 5 mandarins in. Of course, the wife says, (oh they are so cute, let's get one) First thing I think of is, $20 down the drain cuz it won't eat. I have read and read about trying to get them to eat. Are there any tips or tricks to get them to eat, or is it just luck of the draw? And ifseem able to take on the challenge, are they ok to be hypo'd for qt purposes?
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cyclops is one option. The store I work at feeds cyclops and I've watched the mandarins peck at the floating cubes.
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So it's the same routine as with any fish purchase? Watch it eat and go from there?
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Mandarins are not subject to ich or many other disease and I personally do not QT them for more than about 24 hours. Try introducing some cyclops to them in QT and see if they eat it. If they do you should be golden.
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Ok cool, try that and mysis shrimp or either? I've heard too many horror stories about them and the ORA's don't seem to be fairing much better.
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I would try the cyclops first. They are just picky fish but they will eat frozen. I've even seen them eat tiny pellets.
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thanks for the help, I'll have to think it over but that kinda took some of the worry away.
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My pleasure...they are a tricky fish but can be tamed so to speak.
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my mandarins favorite food is brine shrimp and blood worms...he will eat the mysis occasionally but doesn't care too much for them. I'd try some brine too if yours doesn't go for the cyclopeeze
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I did not say cyclopeeze...cyclops. two totally different things. Brine is not healthy for fish, it's like feeding snickers to your kids. Use brine only as a last resort and hope that you can get them to eat something else along with. In other words if you feed brine include cyclops or mysis at the same time to offer other options and hopefully switch them over.
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