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Old 10-06-2005, 03:07 AM   #11
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It seems to me that alot more Manderin are eating flake, brine, pellets frozen etc than people really know. I am constantly hearing storiers of Manderin eating perfectly fine.

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Old 10-06-2005, 05:40 PM   #12
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Not to change the subject but i have been lucky in regards to getting fish to eat different foods. My vilante puffer eats whatever i put intot he tank. when i got him he would only eat frozen krill.

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yes there are more accounts of them eating other foods but just because somebody else has had that happen doesnt mean you should buy one without having an established colony of copepods.

Also try enriching its food so it gets plenty of nutrients and stuff. A lot have people that have gotten them on flake and whatnot have had them die due to lack of nutrients.

you really should do research on any sw fish before you buy it. Well for any fish for that matter.

Someone should really start a species profile on mandarins. Maybe i should submit one lol.Most people who have these have no idea what they really eat or how to keep them. but so far it seems like your doing pretty good since you had no lr, got it without knowing anything about it really, and expecting it to eat flake food.....and suprisingly it did!

if you do get lr get a lot of it and some macro. if it new lr the mandarind will make short work of the existing pods on it. try culturing some first then add them to te tank.

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I have a green mandarin in a 125 with 150# of live rock and he does NOT eat the misis i feed the tank, he only grazes on the live rock. Just like flamingonhot said , the best advice to keep a mandarin is to get some liverock.. alot of it. Honestly, I bought some (over 70#) of seeded rock from a friends tank just to keep a mandarin.

There is a GREAT 7 page article in the 2005 annual "Marine Fish and Reef USA" magazine titled "secrets to successful mandarinfish keeping". Go to a local fish store and you can probably find a copy of this magazine. Excellent advice.

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My LFS has been in business for 50+years he told me he sells 5 or 6 a week and has had around 1 out of 500 that would eat prepared food.

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