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Old 01-07-2005, 02:31 PM   #1
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Death to a Green Mandarin.. :(

This sucks. The green mandarin I purchased for my step-father's tank passed just recently. Without remembering what formaldehyde does to shrimp, and liverock -- he dumps a cap in to treat the disease caused by stress on the 3xYellow tangs, and imperator angel -- after the regal tang had already passed. This knocked out both shrimp, and the imperator died anyway. Formal' also destroys organisms harboring in liverock -- thus effectively killing off all of the mandarin's plentiful food supply.

A moment of silence for a known hard to keep fishy that was prospering so well...




....and a word to the wise, mandarin's a much easier to keep then one would think, as everything leaves them alone. Just make sure you have a developed tank, and plenty of live rock supply. Also, I now know the importance of a quarantine tank to establish the health of newcomers. Especially those from the LFS -- if you are to medicate (as a last resort only), please be sure that you do so in a QT, nor be afraid to give your infected fishies an aerated FW cleansing for >15 minutes.
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Sorry for your loss.
There have been many of us that have learned the value of qt in this hobby. Myself included. :|
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Sorry to hear about your loss. Yes, QT is a huge, inexpensive option that many overlook. I was guilty of it myself before. It is the best method of introducing friends without disease to the main tank.

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Wow, sorry for your loss.
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Sorry to hear about your loss. My mandarin became my favorite fish in just a few days.
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