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Old 09-07-2011, 08:54 PM   #71
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Let us know in a few months how it's going. Best luck and wishes.
Will do. So far it has been about 7.5-8months. He is still very healthy, and is fatter than he was at my LFS when I got him. He seems nice and happy, so we'll see how he's doing in a couple months.
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:59 PM   #72
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I would really like to get a mandrin for my tank "55g" and it has been up and running for well over 2+ years but I do not know if it has any pods in there that they would eat how can I tell if they are in there and enough to sustain a mandrin?
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:55 PM   #73
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Your odds on maintaining one long term are very poor. Even with pods. JMO...but this is a fish I hate to even see in a LFS as I would bet 99% of them don't live six months. Everybody has a tail of one that did great and those tails are true. But just ask the other forum members and you will find very few with Mandarin success stories.

The pods can be seen at night with a flashlight. They look like tiny bugs crawling on everything.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:35 PM   #74
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There's a great article in coral mag this month all on dragonettes. Yes it's possible to train them on live and frozen brine, Copepods can be purchased at most lfs.
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There's a great article in coral mag this month all on dragonettes. Yes it's possible to train them on live and frozen brine, Copepods can be purchased at most lfs.
I read that article, it was a good one, but it seemed having access to enriched live brine shrimp and slowly mixing to frozen, while in a flow box that pins all the food to a wall, was the technique. Pretty clever. The low current environment has always been my mistake. My reef has too much competition and current.
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The trick to keeping a mandarin long term has not changed. Start with a 100+ gallon tank. Use 1-1/2 - 2 pounds of uncured LR (80% live) to get a great initial and diverse colony of pods. Let the tank mature for 6 months or so. Have no pod competitors in the tank. Add a mandarin and enjoy seeing on the rare occasions it comes into view. When it does it is the most beautiful thing in the tank, and lot of to watch it hunt it's food.
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I went to seaworld with a friend recently and even on the huge reef tanks they have, we always notice the mandarins inbetween the rocks and on the bottom. They are so beautiful.
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The trick to keeping a mandarin long term has not changed. Start with a 100+ gallon tank. Use 1-1/2 - 2 pounds of uncured LR (80% live) to get a great initial and diverse colony of pods. Let the tank mature for 6 months or so. Have no pod competitors in the tank. Add a mandarin and enjoy seeing on the rare occasions it comes into view. When it does it is the most beautiful thing in the tank, and lot of to watch it hunt it's food.
I have all that in a 20year old established reef. Too much competition and too much current makes this a bad home for dragonettes even with a big pod population.
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Have no pod competitors in the tank..
You may have missed that part of my post. IF there are no other competitors a single mandarin should do well. I have gone months without seeing mine only to see it out front all of a sudden hunting on the rock.

I have 2 Hydor 4' and and 2 modded MaxiJet 1200's in addition to my pump for circulation. Lots of flow and still no problem.
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Coral magazine's Nov/Dec issue is all about mandarins & dragnets. It covers the myth of putting one on 100 gallon tank & saying "good luck finding food, there should b plenty." They should b trained to eat in a corral 3 times a day in a small tank w/ little competition from any fast eating fish. Great article that everyone interested in this fish should read.
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