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Old 02-24-2014, 07:48 PM   #11
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If he isnt eating now i would suggest bringing him back to the store. it can take a mandarin a few months to starve to death but its a cruel way to go.

How large is the tank? You might try some live brine shrimp but if he isnt eating that odds are he is looking for pods.

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Got him on Saturday afternoon, fed the tank tonight (Monday evening). Will try to get him food (copepods) tomorrow or Wednesday. I hope he can wait that long. 55gal tank

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Mandrians are difficult to care for. Your tank would need to be established for about a year before even putting a Mandrian into a tank with enough rock and sand to keep a population of Pods. Even with a healthy population of pods at first, one mandrian can wipe them out. That is why a lot of people maintain pods in a refugium under their tanks. That way they have a place to breed and grow without being eating right away so you can always have a stock of pods for your Mandrian.

Right now you can keep buying them to feed your guy, but that can get expensive. You can do a HOB refugium to help maintain a population. IF you want to keep this guy, I would buy that for now (unless you have a sump with a refugium in it already), and keep buying pods once a week.

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Buying Pods is going to get expensive, so I would suggest you get the HOB refugium, and some small chunks of live rock to fit into it to give your pods a place to grow and breed. I am unsure if it would need a light, but you will need to keep it warm, which I am sure your tank heater will do already.

I would get the refuigem and add a bottle of pods each week for about a month or so. Remember, your guy is eating them already, so you will need to keep supplying until you see a lot in your refuigem. That is why a lot of people do it before putting a Mandrain in. If your handy, you can build your own refuigem, their really not that hard and it would save you $100 or so. :-p

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