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Old 04-09-2011, 09:26 AM   #1
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Starving mandarin

Hi i was wondering if anyone knows if my spotted mandarin fish is starving or not. I paid 55 for her a week ago because i was told at the lfs it was an ORA mandarin and will eat frozen foods. I did buy a scooter blenny with a sucked in stomach but it has been thriving (had her for 3 months). I added trigger pods about a month half ago( half in tank and half in my little refgium). I also did that again this week a few days after i bought my spotted mandarin. Heres a few pics, thanks. I have a 28g jbj nano with 40lbs of haiti carribean rock.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:48 AM   #2
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Did you ask to see if it ate at the store? They eat a lot of pods if not.
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If there are any signs of a sunken stomach or any bones showing then the fish is not eating. I don't see any bones in the side shot but the top down shot he/she does look thin.

Did you see it eat before purchasing from the store? Have you seen it eat at all in the tank?
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:53 AM   #4
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I seen her eat a few times in my tank. She looked like this a week ago. I didnt see her eat at the lfs, but they had it for a week. I dont know how long they last without food. I dont know how big my pod population is, but my scooter blenny is thriving and i bought it with a shrunken stomach. I just dont know if mandarin shows the same if they are malnurished
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I don't think the scooter blenny and manderine eat the same things... I looked on live aqauria and didn't see it mentioned anyway...

Keep a close eye on the manderine. They are notorious for being pretty but very difficult to keep alive, especially in a tank smaller than 75-90 gallons because of the pods. IF it is eating prepared food you may want to try feeding at least 2-3 times/day at least for now to make sure it is eating. In the wild they never stop eating so it is natural for them to eat often.

Other than that I don't know what to tell you. That is one of the hardest fish to keep which is why they are rated expert.
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You can't have other pod eating fish with a mandarin. They will just eat too much. Do you have a refugium?
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Yea, i put pods in there. Inalso put it in the tank. The mandarin will be the only one eating pods. I was told that ora mandarins are raised on frozen and have a better chance of surviving. I took a 55 gamble because they are usually 15 -20.
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Well... if it only eats pods then you are looking at buying a can every other day or so because they eat a LOT of pods. That is why they are usually only recommended for a large tank, so that the pod population has plenty of room to grow.
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Both mandarins and scooter blennies eat pods. They are both dragonets, look them up on liveaquaria, they're in the same section.

The pods you supplied for the tank won't last long, with 2 pod-eating fish in a tank that size they'll be gone very soon. IMO both of those fish shouldn't be in tanks that small, regardless ORA or not. One day they might just stop eating prepared and you won't be able to add pods fast enough for them to eat (they literally eat constantly)

But if you saw your mandarin eat prepared I suggest you do that every other day, and attempt to feed the scooter too, they are more easily trained onto prepared than mandarins, but still difficult.

Once you see the bellies cave in it's too late, maybe bring them back to the LFS before that happens and all you can do is watch them starve.
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My scooter blenny was thriving before i introduced pods. Im assuming he has been eating something in the tank. He did have a shrunken stomach but no more. My question is how long does it take to see a shrunken stomach. I had this fish for a week and the stomach is not shrunken but its not fat either. Its underside is the same as my scooter.
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