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Old 02-08-2012, 04:30 PM   #191
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Yes, I am pretty sure, but not positive. They just slowly got skinny and finally died. Pods all over the place. They continuously hunted and looked fine until the end.
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:16 AM   #192
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TR Mandarins

I know they will probably be a bit more expensive but... I read a while back that ORA was producing Mandarins that were eating prepared foods before they went to market. Anyone have any success with these?
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:57 AM   #193
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I have an ORA blue mandarin and she didn't touch pellets. She actually didn't eat anything but pods. Took me about a month of a lot of work and time but now she eats most anything frozen. She especially likes blood worms
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:03 AM   #194
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aybe it wasn't really an ORA manadrin. maybe it was sold as one by the LFS or sold to the LFS as one but was never a true ORA, either way i'm glad to hear that it is not eatign everything
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:11 AM   #195
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Thanks. Actually she is an ora, I was there when the order came in and picked out my fish for him to qt for me.
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:25 PM   #196
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Tank raised SW fish...

Today's hobbyists have such an upper hand that we hobbyists who have been around awhile never had... Tank Raised Fish. I remember when the first TR clowns were made available. They were small, poorly colored, and didn't really act like a wild clownfish. Now there are sooo many varieties that are being tank raised and they are gorgeous!!! You should be taking advantage of this opportunity because it helps make fish keeping so much easier. It also helps reduce the overfishing problem of the oceans. The trickle down effects of not needing collectors to collect a particular type of fish helps that specie survive and rebound in it's natural habitat. I think that result alone is worth the extra costs for TR fish.

If you add up the money one spends on "risky" fish, you'd see that they are spending way more money not being successful than they would have if the they bought 1 tank raised speciman that is sure to be less risky. Over the years, fish keeping has become more expensive because it has become more advanced. Today's hobbyists have new technologies that we pioneers were first discovering were needed. My fish survived many years because I recreated the ocean in my tanks. My tanks were dirty looking, filled with algae, had fewer fish and required a lot of upkeep. The reward for having my tanks this way was water that was as pure as the ocean. My fish were rarely sick and lived for a long time. In today's hobby, to acheive this water quality without the "ugly, natural look" takes work and machines. So you should be spending your money on the mechanics to make the best possible environment and not on "risky" fish.

So to sum this all up, if you are having problems keeping wild Mandarins, buy the tank raised ones!!!

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I bought an ORA mandarin myself. She didn't eat prepared foods like promised but after a month of working on it she has taken to it. Now she loves bloodworms and brine. I hope to have this fish for as long as possible and I think I have a pretty good shot at it. It does take dedication though, and well, so does most other things in sw. lol It's just a matter of how much effort one want to put into it.
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@Andy, thanks for your postings. Yes it is more important than ever to buy TR as laws are being proposed to outlaw wild collection. Hawaii is at it again. We also need to support Net Capture programs that give nets to the local collectors and teach them how to use them so we get healthier livestock.

I lost my Mandarin after 7 years and have not replaced it yet. There would be months when I did not see it and then all of a sudden it came out from behind rocks one night to feed. So if you have a large tank with enough LR to sustain one, you may not see it all that often. I also used to refresh my detrivores every year with new kits from different places to maintain diversity.
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@Andy, thanks for your postings. Yes it is more important than ever to buy TR as laws are being proposed to outlaw wild collection. Hawaii is at it again. We also need to support Net Capture programs that give nets to the local collectors and teach them how to use them so we get healthier livestock.

I lost my Mandarin after 7 years and have not replaced it yet. There would be months when I did not see it and then all of a sudden it came out from behind rocks one night to feed. So if you have a large tank with enough LR to sustain one, you may not see it all that often. I also used to refresh my detrivores every year with new kits from different places to maintain diversity.
You are the record holder IMO. 7 years is quite an accomplishment. You must have one heck of a reef. I have many fish almost 10 years old, but never got close to that with a Mandarin. As a diver that has spent some time with tangs in the wild, I am torn by my desire as a aquarist and my desire to see animals not taken from the wild. I think, like coral fragging, we will see more of the wholesalers capturing thousands of larval fish and growing them out. As in the wild that is about a 1000 to 1 chance of survival at that stage (or more) the wild population isn't affected.
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It does take dedication though, and well, so does most other things in sw. lol It's just a matter of how much effort one want to put into it.
...you only knew half of what I've gone through lol
Truth is, if you set up the system correctly at first, you would not have as much work to maintain the tank. My philosophy: The less you mess, the better the success!!!

As for your ORA mandarin not taking prepared food, did you try using the food that ORA was feeding them? If you didn't, WHY NOT??? They obviously must have been eating something or else they wouldn't have survived at ORA. You should have contacted ORA and found out what they were using and then used it. It really is that simple.
Glad you did get it to eat something tho. That's also proof that they aren't such a weak fish after all
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