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Old 10-12-2005, 02:37 AM   #1
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mandarin dragonett is starving!!

today my mandarin dragonette seemed real weak...
it stayed on the bottom kind of breathing fast...
it looks real thin and small
I have had it for like a month now
is there anything i can feed him because my tank has been running for only about 3 months and i didnt know i had to have it for about a year to buy this kind of fish....
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40 lbs of live rock is not enough for this fish. I would take the mandarin back to the LFS asap, or find someone who has a minimum of 80 lbs of LR to give it to.
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Old 10-12-2005, 04:21 AM   #3
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Exactly what DragonForce said. Your tank is too young to support a dragon. Just not enough pods. Take him back or give him away as soon as you can.
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Old 10-12-2005, 06:48 AM   #4
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baring finding better facilities for it you can get pod cultures to feed it.
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Old 10-12-2005, 08:33 AM   #5
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Setting up a refugium would be a good idea as well. I am not sure 80 lbs or LR would be enough. As the mandarin grows, his appetite will grow as well. Either a refugium or replenishing your pod population from time to time would be needed.

I probably have 110 lbs in my 75 and I run and refugium and a frag tank. A predator less tank will grow pods like crazy.

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Could someone recommend a good source for him to get pods quickly if the LFS doesn't have them?
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Local reefer or maybe even ebay. I think Inland Aquatics use to sell them as well. A google search might ueild more. If there are any reefers in your area that breed fish, they sometimes grow their own food sources.
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I got a bunch in my chaeto from ellisz.
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Old 10-12-2005, 09:37 AM   #9
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Always wondered if any made it through shipping. Good to know
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you can order pods from a variety of sources, but I agree that adding some good cured live rock would be a good quick answer to the problem. The fact is without having enough rock or a refugium its likely even if you get some pods your mandarin will just eat them off to start starving again.
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