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Old 11-14-2006, 05:41 PM   #11
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also besides the PWC's if you are getting your mandarin to eat brine at all you can do a few things to make this better and easier.

1) if this is live brine add selcon or phyto to the water the live brine are swimming in. they will eat what you added. this makes them have more nutrional value. brine are not a very good food source

2) if it is frozen, soak the food in selcon or another supplement

3) mix some brine and mysis shrimp together. mysis is the prefered small food. if the mandarin eats brine you may be able to get him to understand mysis is also food

4) turn all your pumps off when you feed. the food will settle and the mandarin can pick the food of rocks or the sand like it would naturally with out it blowing all over the tank

5) feed in the same place. your fish will come to understand that what is dropped in on area of the tank is food

i followed the above steps and my mandarin eats frozen mysis shrimp with the rest the tanks mates every other day.

good luck

steve r

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Old 11-15-2006, 09:20 PM   #12
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I would do some water changes, just to remove products of metabolisms of all the creatures in the tank.
Also, I see it everywhere, that brine (adult) is sort of junk food, just tastes good, mysis has more nutritional value.

I have mandarins and scooter blennies (both of dragonet family) for a 3 months only, started making them "mandarin diner", as described on Melev's Reef, now just dropping food near the head, water flow and filtration off, 2-3 times daily.
What they are eating: mix of parts of frozen cubes of Marine Cuisine or Marine Diet, mysis shrimp of different sizes (smallest - Kordon, then Hikari or San Fransisco Bay), very little of plankton and smallest piece of brine shrimp for a taste.

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