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Old 05-18-2007, 09:40 AM   #1
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I recently purchased a green mandrin ( He is being held for 2weeks at the lfs) and I read some where that mandrins don't get ick. The article said something about because of what they eat that they are immune. The reason I ask is because I don't have my qt set up right now. The lfs will hold him for a while. I was thinking about drip acclimating him and just adding him to the main after the 2 weeks at the lfs. What do you think????
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I don't recall hearing that they can't get ich, any chance you can post the article you read, I am really interested in checking it out.
As for QT, it is best to QT, period, otherwise you risk your main tank's health. You can get a QT pretty quickly if you seed it correctly.
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Actually Mandarin dragonets are more ich resistant then most fish. I wouldn't go as far to say that they cannot get ich, though their highly toxic, thick slime coat prevents parasite intrusion from nearly all external parasites. Again they are not parasite-proof but just more resistant then most fish.

As for qt'ing Mandarinfish I would highly recommend against it. Mandarins do not take prepared foods and get their meals almost solely off of live rock. Copepods, Amphipods, and other natural crustaceans that live on live rock are there main food sources and without a well established tank, lots of live rock, and a good refugium a mandarin will likely slowly starve in captivity.

I would get the fish home from the LFS and into a well established reef tank as quickly as possible if you hope to keep it fed and healthy.
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Cool, thanks for the info!
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Thanks for the info. I was concerned about him eating also. I have waited 2 years for my tank to mature before I attempted a mandrin. I don't have a refuge but I do have alot of live rock. The mandrin only arrived at the lfs 2 days ago. I thought I would let him settle in to reduce stress before moving him again
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I kind of agree with macman on this that the mandarin will most likely just feed off pods unless you or your LFS can get him to eat prepared foods. Most do not but there are always some that do. I have one question in that what will he be eating while he`s at the LFS for the next two weeks? You need to make sure he is eating while he is there and you dont get a fish that has not eaten in two weeks.
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Old 05-18-2007, 03:53 PM   #7
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The only frozen food, (well any food other then natural foodstuffs) I have gotten a mandarin to eat is Cylopeeze. I have noticed, since I turn off all my water pumps and filters when I feed the corals, that my mandarin actively picks at the little red crustaceans.
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Thanks for the info. THe tank he is in has lr in it but I think I am gonna get him Monday
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Just keep in mind that although mandarins don't usually get or carry ich, the water from the lfs might. You could buy pods to feed it in QT for a few weeks.
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You can buy pods? 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. Kinda like a biological filter. You can't see it but it's there and it only happens in nature.
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