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Old 05-20-2007, 09:30 AM   #11
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There are many kinds of copepods, mysid shrimp is another food for the fish. They do sell them so shop the net and see what you can find. Its not a bad idea to get some and seed the tank with them to help the population. If you don't have a fuge or some othere safe haven for them to reproduce the Mandarin will eat them fast..
Check your tank after lights out with a red flashlight and you should hopefully see little critters moving around. If you don't see them you should get some pods to seed the tank.

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In addition to what was already said, you want to make sure you don't have any other animals that will compete with/eat the same things as the mandarin such as wrasses, pseudochromis, etc.
This link has some general info, feeding tips/tricks, and a link to a video at the bottom showing a jar being use to target feed a mandarin.
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I thought for some reason that pods and fauna were the same thing. For some reason I assumed that they were something that just produced itself with aging
As long as you started w/ decent LR, or a LR/baserock mix, then yes fauna such as amphipods, copepods, etc. should develop on their own. You can buy kits online to boost/re-seed some of these things, if you feel it necessary(ex. ipsf.com). Feeding LIVE phytoplankton such as DT's phyto should help increase their numbers(IME it helped pretty much as claimed). Should you decide to start feeding micro-foods such as phytoplankton, be very deliberate and cautious w/ the amounts used.

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Old 05-23-2007, 01:40 PM   #14
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There's a great detrivore kit on eBay. I picked one up from Bob about 2 years ago. This is a great kit for seeding a fuge/tank.

Then there are places like Reed Mariculture where you can buy pods to seed or feed while in QT.
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okay, I got the mandrin home, acclimated him, put him in the main and after the blue tang finished harrasing him to death, he finally came out from hiding for me to discover he has some type of parasite on his fins. I had to set-up my qt anyway. He is now in a 10g with 2 pieces of lr. I used some filter media from my main to seed it. I bought some frozen myis shrimp and I can't tell if he is eating it or not but he is picking at something on the bottom of the tank LESSON LEARNED
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when you say the mandarin has some kind of parasite in his fins, what do you mean? Can you visibly see an external parasite, such as an ich cyst? what does it look like and what makes you think that the fish is carrying a parasite?

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