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Old 08-04-2012, 06:56 PM   #11
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ORA mandarins are not wild ones and they supposedly eat pellets. But from my experience they can stop eating once you get them in your tank. :-( I'm sure being an ORA one helped me in weaning him onto frozen, maybe gave me a small advantage.

Some people don't want to spend the extra cash for an ORA one and would rather spend the $15 for a wild one. Big mistake in my opinion as a few more bucks can give you a better chance of keeping one successfully.

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Old 08-04-2012, 08:51 PM   #12
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I want one of those mandarins also! But i need to wait quite a while until my tank is more established.

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Old 08-04-2012, 09:12 PM   #13
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I would rather spend the extra money and wait if I have to if it means it will survive or have a much better chance at survival.

Ive wanted one of these since i was in college and had my first SW tank!! So here is my plan. Please feel free to advise otherwise as I REALLY want to get this right!

*Get more live rock and QT
*Finish establishing 20 gallon reef tank and get MR. grumpy out-the coral banded shrimp
* purchase some additional copepods...ALOT of them and start establishing a nice colony of those.
* start looking for mandarin once copepod population takes off well.

What else do I need to do? Can the copepods hurt corals if I decide to put a few in? How many do the Mandarin eat a day? Also, male or female or does it matter? If I get a larger tank later, which would need to be added first? Besides starvation, what are the main causes of death (parasites...fungal infections...etc)?

I know I have a lot of questions. I just like to know everything I can before I buy something.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:51 PM   #14
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Don't qt. he may starve if he doesn't take to frozen quickly. Copepods do not hurt corals.
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:52 AM   #15
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No QT...0_o? What if he has parasites though?
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I bought a mandarin that was eating foods at the lfs. I saw hi feed Brine shrimp and pellets, the mandarin poked at each of them.

Then when i got it home.. It starved to death. I tried all frozen foods available, even went as far to buy squid and one other frozen carnivore food. He wouldnt touch anything, he waa good and fat for a couple of days then died. So they can stop eatin prepared foods all at once... These fish are beautiful, but hard to keep alive.

Also, the mandarin has a very thick coating of mucus.. So it takes ALOT of stress and is rare for them to get ick but it is still possible it can get ick.

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