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Old 03-29-2012, 05:56 PM   #241
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Fell in love with one, was expecting it to die due to small tank and not enough pods. I asked the shopkeeper, and she confirmed that it was eating brine shrimp, and yes it is! I have it since december, and it's doing wonderfully! If I were you, I'd buy a specimen that's already eating. A collegue of mine bought one a month ago. took a few days before it eat frozen shrimps, but it eats like mine now. I think that you have to be lucky with that one, or have a pool with lots of pods.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:33 PM   #242
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I hope this lasts long term. 6 months isn't quite enough to claim success yet, but good luck.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:41 AM   #243
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I think that you have to be lucky with that one, or have a pool with lots of pods.
I don't know why people think that. They do not eat millions of pods a day. I have a mandarin in my 90 that only eats pods and I still have enough for probably two more mandarins, not that I will buy two. If you have sufficient rock that are porous, you won't have a problem with pods. Im not saying everyone go buy a mandarin, but I'm also not saying buy a mandarin that eats brine or mysis. Personally, if they aren't eating just pods, I don't think it's right.
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:36 AM   #244
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Great looking fish. Maybe someday when I get a bigger tank. Until then, I will just watch them at the LFS.
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:35 AM   #245
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They are a really cool fish. Several long articles have been published, as they have been a mystery as to how to get them to eat reliably for most of this decade. Much more is now known. But as this forum shows...everyone has a story about the success or failure with one of them. But as I have mentioned a few pages back, I am more interested about hearing stories about keeping one at least half it's natural lifespan, taking into account the fish might be a few years old before it hits your home reef. If you have had a fat one for years...you have really succeeded I think. But a few months is what we were proud to keep coral alive for, a few decades back. Now I look back on all the pretty coral I slaughtered because I wasn't smart enough, or technology wasn't there to make my purchase something that would last years rather than months. While many on this forum have had success with this fish, there are far too many, myself included, that have for now given up and waiting for better stock or clarity in long term care for this crazy cool little fish. ORA might be part of the answer...but I have heard hit and miss tails with even their feeding habits.
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:17 AM   #246
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Our collective efforts will get us where we need to be. Sharing our failures and successes with one another is a great way to ensure we are not making the same mistakes and providing the best quality of life for our fish. I have done nearly 4 months of research on Mandarins before I felt comfortable with even thinking about getting one.

I think in the end just be proactive with this beautiful fish, because from all the failures there seems to be a common 'breaking point' with the fish. What I am referring to is when people become complacent with the job they have done and start to slack the fish starts to slide backwards. And it is almost as if it becomes stubborn again and gives up.

Remain proactive with your Mandarin and give it the life it deserved.

That is my two cents.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:51 PM   #247
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Does nitrites effect it or is that unknown?
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:55 PM   #248
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No tank with fish or livestock should have ANY nitrites.
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I hope this lasts long term. 6 months isn't quite enough to claim success yet, but good luck.
With about 6 months you start to get the hang of it, and it's long enough to blame it on the fish if it dies...
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I picked one up yesterday because I saw it eat brine shrimp at the LFS. So I got excited and brought him home. He was in a breeders net after i acclimated him. I was going to keep him there till I turned off the lights.
Then I realized that feeding the guy frozen food once or twice a day may be insufficient without pods. Called my LFS and asked how much for a pack of 2000 pods. He said $16.99. I sad screw it. Took the guy out of the breeders net took him back to LFS and got a purple firefish instead. I am happy with my decision and slept better at night.
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