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Old 01-14-2009, 05:22 PM   #11
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I'm sorry I am really new to saltwater fish, if you haven't noticed already. I am not sure what pods are? Is that a plant? If so, would they have them at a regular pet store? So if I can't get pods, do u think the mysis will work?

Well, one thing is for sure, next time I buy a fish I will run it through you guys first! Everyone seems to know a lot about fish. I didn't do any research before I bought the fish, but the pet store associates seemed like they new what they were talking about when I was asking them questions.
Nothing wrong with being new to the hobby. You will learn as you go. It is always best to research each purchase before you make it. Most LFSs (local fish store) are interested in your money and not always what is best for a beginner.

Pods= Copepods this is what the mandarin feeds on almost exclusively. To have a good population of pods you need lots of live rock and a refugium helps as well. Usually I don't recommend this fish for anyone that has less then a 55g tank or had it set up for at least a year with lots of live rock. They are tough to keep because of the food they require. With out a constant source of pods they will starve to death.

Google is your friend. If you see a fish you like type it into google and do some reading about it. Aquarium Fish: Tropical Freshwater Fish and Saltwater Fish for Home Aquariums is another good source for information on fish. Minimum tank size food compatibality all the good stuff. Read, read and read some more. Ask lots of questions here or elsewhere, just keep in mind that the folks here are usually talking from experience and they have nothing to gain.

Hope that helps point you in the right direction.
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Allen has spot on advice!
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thanks a lot for all the great advice!
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I had a long nose butterfly that took about two months til I saw him eating. Just takes time, I used a bottle of copepods from the lfs. Seemed to work after some time.
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The zoe and selcon are added nutrients, that you soak you frozen food in for the health of the fish. Garlic guard is good for stimulating an appetite response (no scientific proof there) but my fish go nuts, it is also known to boost the immune systems of fish.
The copepods needs a "safe haven" to multiply (sump/fuge) where they can reproduce and are plentiful for the goby. Typically, you want a pretty mature tank, and a newer 55 won't be able to support one. I have a 55 and won't put one in there (personal opinion) even though it's been up for years.
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