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Old 11-26-2011, 02:29 PM   #1
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Mandarin Dragonet vs 3 months old tank

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I'm going to buy a fish in a few minutes, and I REALLY like the Mandarin Dragonet. I know they're picky for eating and I don't want to starve this guy. My tank is 3 months old, and I see a few pods when the lights are out, but I have to watch carefully. It's a 30g tank, with a 5g in sump fuge. I put 25 lbs of live rock and 20 lbs of base Rock. My base rock is getting colored, so I guess it's live now. I plan to switch rocks between my fuge and display tank. I have cheato in the fuge. Do you think I can take a chance and buy the fish? Or wait this spring for my tank to be more mature? Tankmates are 2 false percula.
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Old 11-26-2011, 02:49 PM   #2
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You can buy the pods. I saw them on all the fish websites I went to. It's 13.99 for an 8 once bottle
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Old 11-26-2011, 02:51 PM   #3
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If they keep some at my LFS, I'll go for it!
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:13 PM   #4
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Ok. Tell me how it go's. I have almost the same set up and I was looking at either a red or green mandarin
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:47 PM   #5
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Ask the lfs if the mandarin will eat other food to until you get a good pod population. My mandarin eats blood worms and any frozen shrimp I put in.
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:59 PM   #6
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If you don't get a mandarin eating frozen and it still needs pods you will be buying an obscene number of pods every week. Not very cost effective.

I got an ORA mandarin and she didn't eat prepared foods for almost a month and lived off the pods I had. It was tricky and time consuming to get her eating frozen and my water parameters suffered as I was feeding LOTS of different kinds of food and 3 times a day. mandarins eat all day long.
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Yea iv heard some of them do eat other stuff and it would be nice to get rid of the blood worms I have in my freezer that I got for my fire eel
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Mine loves bloodworms, thats the first thing she goes for. But she also eats brine and mysis shrimp too. No luck on the pellets so far or flake but you never know. lol
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Could I get a mandarin? Ive heard they are usually ignored, but I have a grouper lol. Could I get one?
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I am getting an ORA spotted mandarin for my biocube 29 eventually. I am expecting him/her to not eat prepared, so I am setting up a fuge until I can get them onto prepared. Hopefully everything works out
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