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Old 08-16-2011, 10:06 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by bootz View Post
well i am actually in the same scenario no sump fug, had my 30g tank running for 8 months with 30lb(+) of LR. Whats the right way to start growing pods ? any help would be schweet.
id not put one in a 30g tank. theyd eat that tank dry in hours.

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Old 08-17-2011, 10:50 AM   #12
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id not put one in a 30g tank. theyd eat that tank dry in hours.

You really need a larger system with lots of rock and preferably a safe place for them to reproduce (a fuge). The pods are so small, and the mandarin needs to eat so many, that you can really eat the entire population rather quickly. I dont think buying bottled pods is a practical solution.

I had a mandarin in a 55g that ate frozen food (mysis, brine shrimp, and blood worms). The problem with feeding mandarins frozen is that they cant compete with the other fish in the tank, and have terribly eye sight. They fish is designed to slowly hover across the rocks looking for tiny bugs to eat. Tossing mysis on the surface will never be noticed by the mandarin. I used to have to take a turkey baster and blow food across my fish's nose to get him to notice it. And even then, if the food wasnt moving he would ignore it. I suppose if it didnt appear to be alive, the fish wasnt interested. While he ate every day, and thrived, feeding them this way can be difficult and is time consuming.

Also, remember wild caught mandarins will be looking for live food, and my be very slow to eat frozen. Many wont take to frozen at all, and once they begin to starve you just cant bring them back.

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I am also curious about this as well...

scenario, say you have a stable system...how long before a pod colony is established enough for one of these guys? If you look in the fuge will you see all the pods? If so, how do you know you have enough?
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If you have a stable system and lots and lots of rock with a refugium you should see pods within a few months in your tank. BUT I have noticed in my 125g that the population sometimes explodes and then goes back down to normal. Someweeks I have thousands on my glass sometimes none. That was why I was hesitant to get a wild caught mandarin. But I ogtta say the ORA tank bred one isnt that much better. She is eating some frozen food but not like I want her to.

Also mentioned above, they are very slloooowwww eaters, and most other fish will get the food before they do. I use the turkey baster to feed min

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