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Old 09-13-2010, 08:42 PM   #1
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Question My Mandarin jumped and died?

I have/had a pair of Mandarins for about 3-4 months in a well seasoned 30 gallon reef tank. I have gotten them to eat frozen mysis, cyclops, some brine and even some .5mm sinking pellets. Tonight I was running low on a few supplies so I went to the LFS. Came back to my male dead, stuck to my floor. Has anyone ever heard of a Mandarin jumping? They have been pretty slow movers even when I have been moving things around in the tank.

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Old 09-14-2010, 12:09 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear about your fish jumping. I had a fish jump out and die yesterday too. Mine was a yellow wrasse, I'm surprised it stayed in the tank as long as I did. I have heard of some gobeis jumping but not a mandarin dragonette... just one of those things I guess.
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Bulk Reef Supply now offers the clear netting to make a lid that blocks basicly no light. clear netting in 1/2 or 1/4 inch sizes
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I've got plenty of netting to ship.

And that is a new one to me. A mandarin jumping. I've never seen one as much as flinch from any other fish. Just hover the other way. What other critters are in there?

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my friends jumped into their overflow, doesnt surprise me

sorry about your loss, they are a wonderful and intruiging fish
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Sorry for your loss. The only think i can think of is that you had a mated pair. Mandarins do a "spawning acent" which is just the pair swimming full speed towards the top of the tank. A 30g is to shallow for them to finish the ascent generally so they may have hit the top and the male accidentally jumped the tank. Did the lights turn off when you went to the store?
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:22 PM   #8
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Sorry for the late reply. Didn't even think of that, but that would make sense. I have a new male and thus far he is keeping himself hydrated.


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