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dallops_of_polyps 02-22-2008 04:26 PM

mandarin tips
a couple things that i have noticed about my mandarin is:
1 loves crevices and corals.
2 add live brine at night with turkey baster close to rocks he will find them the next day and go to town.
3 keep with peaceful fish, even though there skin is poisonous it won't be happy at all.
4 have a pearly jawfish they are bestest friends!
Short and simple but look at my pics of him in the saltwater tank pics forum called "starting from scratch".

gymnothorax 02-22-2008 05:22 PM

You're very lucky to have a mandarin that eats brine shrimp. More often then not long-term success with any dragonet, particularly a mandarin, requires a very established system with a refugium to help harvest copepods. I would recommend trying to get your mandarin to eat more than just live brine. Artemia, (brine shrimp), is a good filler, but unless vitamin enriched, it offers very little nutritional value and your mandarin will not thrive off of it very long. Try offering it frozen mysis shrimp and cyclopeeze as well.

Lupin 02-22-2008 07:54 PM

Funny how it surprises me as well that the mandarin dragonette eats brine shrimps. Good point though, Gym.

gymnothorax 02-22-2008 07:56 PM

thanks : )

dallops_of_polyps 02-23-2008 10:30 AM

i have been trying to feed it cyclopeeze but its not going for it. i feed it frozen mysis and brine mixed too vitamin enhanced.

bugoy 05-31-2008 07:17 AM

i just bought one too, what else does it eats aside from shripms ?

connorsclownfish 06-06-2008 11:41 AM

They usually eat lobster eggs. Ocean nutriton do them frozen, safe for fish :D
WHn you first get him, the next day defrost some lobster eggs, brine shrimp and mysis(...anything that it can fit in its mouth basically) all in a jar. Companys such as Seachem do liquid garlic. Add this aswell to the frozen mix (garlic usually really encourages fish to eat). Leave it for half an hour, suck it up in a turkey baster, turn off the powerheads and direct it in front of him. Also, direct some in his favourite crevices too. Keep doing this everyday and he shoudl hopefully come onto it. Fish always go back to a specific place for food, so direct the food in the same crevice everyday ;)
Well thats how ive got mine on frozen. Ive had hi since THursday and he eats, but he doesnt eagerly eat..if you know what i mean.
Ive got copepod cultures going outside the tank and soon a refugium

aquakid 08-06-2008 10:18 AM

your a very lucky guy mandrins are one of the hardest saltwater fish to keep and it's eating brine shrimp[/u]

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