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Old 02-04-2009, 06:25 PM   #11
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silly question (not to hijack) but how do you get the pods to the mandarin if they are in the refuge?
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Old 02-04-2009, 06:52 PM   #13
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Some mandarins can be trained to eat prepared/frozen food. Check your LFS before you give up the idea but it is definitely possible.
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In the next 2 weeks I will invest in a Refuge. Then in 6 weeks I will try to take a crack at the Mandarin. So hopefully all goes will. I love the colors of that Mandarin and it will be great addition for my reef.
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Old 02-04-2009, 06:59 PM   #15
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Like I said check to see if your LFS has any that are eating prepared food first. Then ask to see it if they are, that way you don't have to worry about.
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Like I said check to see if your LFS has any that are eating prepared food first. Then ask to see it if they are, that way you don't have to worry about.
Oh I forgot to mention that I was on the phone with the LFS today and they were feeding frozen arctic copepods... He was stating that they love them and that is what they prepare for them specifically... But I still have time to read up more about them and there habits I am not steering away from the creature just yet.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:06 PM   #17
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I always thought them to be the most beautiful of fish....but according to everything I have read, they do not live a long time in captivity even if they eat prepared foods as there is something they get in the wild that has not been replicated yet. That is sad to me. I would hate to get attached to a fish knowing it would die just because I had him. There are, of course, instances where people are fortunate to have their fish for a long while. I just personally, wouldn't want to take that chance.
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Does not hurt to try. Isn't what this hobby is all about getting and trying new things. Your going to have your bad experience and bumps in the road but that comes with learning. I will take my chances.
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Yes, that's why I dug-up this site for you...I was thinking of trying to grow them myself...see what you think Frankie..REED-Mariculture.com/zooplankton/copepod/care.asp

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