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Old 08-04-2008, 11:46 PM   #1
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Smile dragonette.. I'm in love

Hi,
Just wanted to show off my new manderin dragonette. Looks like he will eat well. He hops/glides around chasing things that my old eyes can't see, and I have seen him pecking at the live rock. I even think he was picking up bits of flake the damsels missed, but that might have been little thingys in the crushed coral. I'm am now so completey addicted....
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:56 AM   #2
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Gorgeous fish. Is this in your 10g tank?
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:58 AM   #3
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I would hope it is in much larger than a 10g I would think at least a 55g at a minimum. ?????
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It is in the 10g. I couldn't resist <blush> . I was told by the retailer that it won't get any larger than 3" and it is a lot more interesting than the damsels. If it grows larger, then is the perfect excuse to explain to my hubby why I NEED a larger tank. At this point, everything seems to be working well together, but if that changes, so can I. : )
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:37 AM   #5
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Your tank is to small and looks way to new.
They only eat live food like pods and will never live in a 10 gallon.

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Old 08-05-2008, 01:57 AM   #6
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Very good looking fish. However, with the mandarins it is not the size that the fish grows to that is the problem, it is the pod population. It is unlikely, but hopefully it was actually eating the fish food you added to the tank. If it is not eating the food you add to the tank it will starve to death. I also tried to keep a mandarin once. I have a 75-gallon and at the time I had about 75lbs of live rock, this was about 6-months after the cycle. The mandarin quickly depleted my pod population and within a month and a half I could tell it was starving because its belly was sinking in. I returned it back to the LFS in an effort to save its life. I hate to tell you but, I dont think its possible (unless it is eating fish food) for it to survive in a 10-gallon. Even if you stuffed it with 25lbs of live rock, you would still need a big refugium on there where the pods could breed. I think the ethical thing would be to get the bigger tank, return it, or start to purchase live copepods in a bottle every couple weeks which cost about $20 per bottle.
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Nice looking fish, he looks like hes kissing hisreflection in the first picture.
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:00 AM   #8
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I think he is asking what he thinks is another dragonette , wheres the food at?

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I think he is asking what he thinks is another dragonette , wheres the food at?
Hopefully the food is in that green algae pile. Now I could be completely wrong but those rocks don't look to be too "alive" yet.
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That rock looks brand new. Please remove the fish. Remember that almost all these fish are caught in the ocean from a reef only to be bought by you. It deserves the best chance possible. With a reef tank you want to preplan all your stock from food needs to tank size to compatibility.
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