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Old 05-22-2012, 01:34 AM   #181
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What do you mean by regular light? Everything else sounds great!
Just 2 bulbs of regular energy saver swirl bulb.
2 x 15w=65 watt.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:49 AM   #182
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The main reasons for this as I said;

1. Low nitrate - so I can do 20%monthly water change

2. Pods - want to have one/pair of MANDARINS 6 months down the road. System have about 100 lbs of Rock already.
I will be adding; 30 to Main tank
15 drain skimmer section
15 lbs to the refuge.
So will have about 160 lbs in the end. My rock is very porus and light weight so good surface area.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:04 AM   #183
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That will be good then, but it will take some time to get enough do a pair. I'm not sure what the color temperature is on the lights, but look for warm lighting.
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:37 PM   #184
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Anyone kept mandarins for long term?


Sold my BTA today to LFS owner for his personal tank. He really loved the color and size.
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:46 PM   #185
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I've kept a dragonet longterm.. A scooter Blenny. They eat the same way and are in the same family. I leaned it on to mysis and live brine when I had it.. It didnt turn out well. He went on a hunger strike a few weeks after I made my sump. I didn't know until it was too late and found him with a collapsed stomach. Some people are successful with them, Carey for example. But she also had a lot of problems with hers.
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:59 PM   #186
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I have been sucessful so far with both my mandarin and scooter. I've got them both eating frozen food but it took about a month of time EACH to get them eating it. Luckily I had enough pods in my tank during the weaning or else they both would have starved.

The mandarin is an eating machine, I can;t imagine having two of them competing for food as they are the most delicate dainty eaters. lol

AS I';ve read though getting them to eat frozen and KEEPING them eating it are not a definite as they can go back to pods at any time. I also bought an ORA mandarin which i think was helpful in getting her eating frozen. I spend about 10 minutes or more each feeding watching them to make sure they are eating, plus I shut the flow down as they are not very aggressive grabbing food. They are slow and methodical.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:40 AM   #187
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I went to the LFS today and they had mandarins for 19.99$. I stood there for 15 mins watching them move around carefree just dazzling people with their colors.
Almost gave in and bought one. It was so hard to hold back.

When I asked him if they were eating frozen foods. He said,"sure they eat frozen, they been in the tank here for 2 weeks if they didn't eat frozen they be dead by now".

What u say about that?
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Lol I guess thats true.. If he doesn't have pods in the tank. They're cheap because they are easy to get, my scooter was 10$. Still don't do it, your tank isn't ready yet. Youll always be able to find them and they won't be expensive. Like I said, my scooter went on strike for a while. It doesn't mean it will keep eating frozen, it just means your Job is a little easier.
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It takes longer than 2 weeks for a fish to starve to death.
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:45 PM   #190
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Thanks guys.

It's $10 or free it's all the same. Life is life.
So i won't get it if i can't take care for them.
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