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Old 08-13-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
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I may be getting a mandarin tomorrow or sometime in the future. I called the store and they said that they were eating frozen. Anyone have tips on keeping mandarins?
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My ora blue mandarin was eating frozen too, but not much anymore, she's eating alot of pods. Just hope you have alot of live rock in case that happens to you. It's not rare for them to revert to pods, even the tank raised ones.

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My ora blue mandarin was eating frozen too, but not much anymore, she's eating alot of pods. Just hope you have alot of live rock in case that happens to you. It's not rare for them to revert to pods, even the tank raised ones.

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Thanks. I don't have a sump/fuge, so where can I put the pods. Right into my tank?
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Actually, I have the red sea max 130d, so I might have one built in.....
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Getting pods isnt as easy as just adding them. If the mandarin doesnt take the prepared foods he will just eat his way through a bottle of pods in less than a week. It can take months and months to build up a natural pod supply.

That said, mandarins arent for the weak of heart, they are very difficult to care for no matter what some people may say. I'm still second guessing my decision to buy one LOL
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Getting pods isnt as easy as just adding them. If the mandarin doesnt take the prepared foods he will just eat his way through a bottle of pods in less than a week. It can take months and months to build up a natural pod supply.

That said, mandarins arent for the weak of heart, they are very difficult to care for no matter what some people may say. I'm still second guessing my decision to buy one LOL
Ok thanks for your help. I think I have decided to hold off for now. Maybe I will try one later on down the road.
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I think thats a wise choice. I waited almost a year to get mine and like I said I am still debating if I did the right thing. I would just die inside if I starved a fish, thats even worse than a fish just dieing off.

Get some good pods growing for a decent amount of time and then i say give it a try.

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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.
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a mandarin will eat a bottle of pods a day.
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From what I've read and researched the best way is to have a fuge or a sump setup with live rock and macro algae. In there they can grow and populate the entire tank. If you just pour them into your tank you'll have some for awhile but your fish will eat the majority of them before they can truly seed the tank.

From what I've seen the healthier the tank the more they spread. You just need ALOT of live rock with lots of nooks and crannies for them to live and reproduce in, safe from getting eaten.
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