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Old 12-14-2011, 12:16 PM   #91
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That's good news, my mandy is a plump little thing. She even has a little beer belly. lol Glad so far I'm on the right track.

I just ordered an iPod, will these apps be available to me on that or is it just iphone and Ipad?
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:23 PM   #92
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You can get the Coral Magazine app on iPod touch, friend of mine just did.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:46 PM   #93
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That really is a great article. I'm going to tell my friend about it. He really wants a mandarin and is committed to keeping one alive. I on the other hand, am not as committed to it so I will probably never get a mandarin haha
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Carey, if it's fat it's doing ok. Did you get an ORA that feeds on prepared food?

The articles have some great points. My take away is still a cautionary tale. Unless you have time to devote to breeding brine, then pods to wean a wild caught onto to frozen it is doomed.

Despite the author's claims I have seen quite a few posts about mandarins that were eating prepared foods and then suddenly stopped. The author spends a lot of time on his fish. Way more than the average fish keeper does. So although I believe it is possible, most folks (including me) do not have the time to devote to keeping one alive unless unless it's in a large tank with lots of LR and pods.
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Carey, if it's fat it's doing ok. Did you get an ORA that feeds on prepared food?

The articles have some great points. My take away is still a cautionary tale. Unless you have time to devote to breeding brine, then pods to wean a wild caught onto to frozen it is doomed.

Despite the author's claims I have seen quite a few posts about mandarins that were eating prepared foods and then suddenly stopped. The author spends a lot of time on his fish. Way more than the average fish keeper does. So although I believe it is possible, most folks (including me) do not have the time to devote to keeping one alive unless unless it's in a large tank with lots of LR and pods.
I agree with your post. This fish CAN be kept alive, but only thru dedication. A reef tank is worse than raising a child, the reef tank never grows up and leaves your care! As a previous post said, it just takes a small lapse of dedication to kill off this fish. Too many other fish that can sustain themselves better. I still do not recommend anyone keeping Dragonettes.
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I agree with your post. This fish CAN be kept alive, but only thru dedication. A reef tank is worse than raising a child, the reef tank never grows up and leaves your care! As a previous post said, it just takes a small lapse of dedication to kill off this fish. Too many other fish that can sustain themselves better. I still do not recommend anyone keeping Dragonettes.[/QUOTE]

I think that's a bit extreme, in any hobby from skydiving to animal collection it's fun to get to the higher levels of complexity. It's what keeps some of us hobbyists intrigued. With that said their is a lvl of responsibility, one does not base jump before ever going tandem. I want many complex critters including Dragonettes but am prepared to wait, research, & plan.
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Yep, I got an ORA one but she didnt eat pellets or prepared when i first got her. took about a month of constant feeding of many different foods to get her to start. Her favorites now are bloodworms and mysis.

Still a challenge, and the fact that she could suddenly stop eating frozen really worries me. But for now, after a few months she seems to be doing well. The scooter is also doing really well, he's a little fattie too. lol
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Anyone have an easier suggestion for a fish that'll occupy my sandbed or bottom of tank that I can research. Need reef safe.
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Yellow watchman goby, orange striped prawn goby, yellow head jawfish, yasha goby? Good options...
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Thanks, definitely gonna read up more on a yasha goby/pistol pair.....one day I'll have that mandarin tank.
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