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Old 04-01-2013, 10:13 PM   #251
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I have one in Biocube for awhile now. I add Pods every week or other weeks and he seems to be doing OK.
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:07 PM   #252
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I have one in Biocube for awhile now. I add Pods every week or other weeks and he seems to be doing OK.
As long as you keep his food source going, they aren't hard to keep. But keeping a tab on the food source isn't that easy. Adding pods is good insurance.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:38 PM   #253
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Sorry for asking but what are pods and how do they grow in a tank iv got a 55g with only about 11lbs of live rock I don't have a mandarin in but would love one but need to know its gonna feed iv got a algae blenny
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Unless you have a good renewable copeopod source, or a dragonette (mandarin) that accepts prepared foods, it will starve. Period.

Pods eat phytoplankton and reproduce in swarms under proper conditions. Google "growing Copeopods."
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I add phytoplankton into tank to feed my xania and polyps
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Pods eat more than plankton. They'll eat leftover anything. I never once fed phytoplankton and all my corals grew and my mandarin kept getting fatter. Don't say it's not possible. Period.
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Pods eat more than plankton. They'll eat leftover anything. I never once fed phytoplankton and all my corals grew and my mandarin kept getting fatter. Don't say it's not possible. Period.
How old is your mandarin and does it eat prepared food? How big is your system? Bet it has more rock in it than the person who posted the question. I was referring to raising pods. It's done with phytoplankton. They do eat other things:

http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/copepod.htm

For the vast majority of mandarins, it's starvation that takes them out long before their natural life span. Mine is fat and plump, so far, but I supply hundreds of pods a week to him. This is a topic that has been discussed into the ground. Most of them starve...and by period, I meant you can wish it wasn't so, but it is. Don't mean to sound like a grump. I just hate the death rate on these little guys.
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:00 PM   #259
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I bought one not a week ago and it hid under a rock and starved. I now have a Ocellated dragonet, or "Scooter Blenny". Haven't seen him stand still since he hit the sand bed. Not as pretty but still an awesome fish.

Here's a pic, he's so busy it's hard to get a good shot.

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You do realize that a scooter blenny is very similar to the mandarin as far as feeding? Is he eating pellets or frozen?
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