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Old 03-19-2013, 12:47 PM   #31
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Those tiny specks on the glass are a type of isopods. I'm assuming these are the ones you speak of-

See the asterina starfish for size reference-


I don't understand how people say they "train" dragonets to eat prepared foods, when all you can do is toss in food and hope for the best. I've sold a lot of mandarins and I've never seen them mimic the behavior of other tank mates. This is most certainly rare.
Folks used to say 100 pounds of rock per mandarin, to be sure they will not run out of food. As I said earlier, It could take months for them to starve.
You are right in the fact that you cant trian a dragonet to eat in a large tank but I have trained 4 to eat frozen food. You dont get them to eat by just tossing food it. You have to set up feeding stations and get them eating live food out of that, then you start mixing in frozen food slowly and then convert it to just frozen food. then you start spot feeding them in the tank and slowly start feeding like you feed other fish. They are very smart and will learn it just takes time. I have always done this in a 5g tank
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:45 PM   #32
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Hmmmm yeah i dont have any of those on the glass. I do have tons of the tiny worms on the rocks though. I will definitly go buy some more copepods. He does come out when i feed the rest of the fish and i have seen him eat little scraps of the live worms i feed my cow that fall. But i dont want to starve my fish so i will buy more.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:33 PM   #33
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I have tons of pods in my tank of all different sizes and shapes. There are isopods and amphipods and worms cruising the walls from top to bottom by the time I turn the lights on. Some of them might even be copepods. It is hard to tell without some strong magnification.

I had a mandarin years ago. The tank I had back then had almost as much rock as water. He was a very curious fish that inspected everything that came into the tank. It didn't take very long before he was tasting, and eating, the food that I was feeding the other fish.
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Well i went to 3 fish stores today and bought every product i could get that they said he would eat just in case. But thanx for all your help.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:07 AM   #35
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GREAT NEWS he is DEFINITELY eating the prawn roe by nutramar ova!!!!! Im watching him eat it now. Im so darn happy...
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The prawn roe is good stuff, I feed my fish and corals with it.
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Dang nice dog! Im a pit bull lover myself. Where did you get him?
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