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post #11 of 20 Old 03-31-2013, 08:05 AM
i have looked at mandarins at the lfs so many times, my head hurt! they were priced at $25 and now i'm wondering if they are tank bred?? i've never heard of them being tank bred and if you look at the description at liveaquaria.com, their description of care level is "difficult".

i might be 100 years old by the time i have the nerve to get one of these but i SO want one!!

btw gwen, liveaquaria has mandarins for as little at $20. of course, there would be shipping costs but i have bought fish from them and had really good luck. their packaging is extreme and everything i've gotten has been super healthy!

if you do buy from the lfs, i would insist on seeing the fish eat a prepared food before i wrote the check. ;)
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Thanks for the article. I had actually stumbled on that one myself. If they order me one, I will pick it up when it comes in. I'm not going to be able to see it eat. I would have to count on him eating off the live copepods in my tank. Ideally, perhaps one day he'd eat prepared foods, but the plan is for it to eat what I have in my tank. I was taking rock out yesterday, glueing some frags, and did see a mysis shrimp in the bucket, so I know now they are not just in my sump but in the tank, which is cool!

I'm going to California in 2 weeks for a long weekend. I'm going to likely order one, (wild caught, for $23), but will wait till I get back. I'll let you know how it does. I bet the lfs I would get the captive bred one from, orders it from FL, since it sounds like they are breeding them. I hate to be cheap, but I really don't want to spend $75-80 for one. Wild caught are probably heartier.

Online purchases are nice if you can go in with a couple other people, because shipping is more than the fish!

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I think you should be fine if there are a lot of pods in that tank.



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post #15 of 20 Old 04-07-2013, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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My new Dragonette!

Picking up RO water from my "reef friend" and he said he saw a few of these at the reef store. Sure enough they had one left (some guy asked them to hold it and never returned, so he's mine!). I love the him! The picture is of him minutes after he was put in the water. After about 5 minutes, he fixated on a rock that he must have seen copepods. It was so cute watching him try to hunt and get a copepod inside holes in the rock. Healthy guy, and I'm sure he'll do well in my tank. I've already seen him this morning, though my lights are off. Very brave, confident fish after spending his last week in shipment etc. He had been at the LFS since Wednesday, and must have been very hungry! Such beautiful fish.
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post #16 of 20 Old 04-16-2013, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Just want to update all, that my Mandarian is doing great. Seems to find lots to eat and seems happy.

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Just want to update all, that my Mandarian is doing great. Seems to find lots to eat and seems happy.
Is he taking frozen food, or just chowing on pods?



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Is he taking frozen food, or just chowing on pods?
Just the pods I assume. I've not seen him eat frozen. He is nice a fat, and hangs out on the rocks or behind the rocks.

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Just the pods I assume. I've not seen him eat frozen. He is nice a fat, and hangs out on the rocks or behind the rocks.
Absolutely love these fish! I had one in my 150 and named him "Fez"
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post #20 of 20 Old 04-18-2013, 02:47 PM
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