Unresolved Mandarin. Had him a week, would like a checkup.

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How do you think he's doing?

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  1. mrbanggai101

    mrbanggai101 Astrea Snail

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    IMG_20140915_202911473.jpg Hey guys, I know this isn't much of an emergency, but I have had this little guy almost a week, and I'd like to just get your opinions on how he looks. Thanks! IMG_20140915_202919763.jpg IMG_20140915_202932934_HDR.jpg
     
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  3. mdbostwick

    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

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    They best way to tell if he is getting enough food is to look at him from underneath. Do you have a good pod population?
     
  4. mrbanggai101

    mrbanggai101 Astrea Snail

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    No, I have been feeding cyclops because the LFS said he would. On another note, he is shy, so getting these pictures was a struggle. I'll try to get his stomach soon.
     
  5. mdbostwick

    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

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    It is a really difficult angle to get, but it is the best way to see if he is feeding enough. Do you notice him eating the prepared food you are offering?
     
  6. mrbanggai101

    mrbanggai101 Astrea Snail

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    mrbanggai101 Astrea Snail

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    Here are the (very blurry) fruits of my labor.
     
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  9. mrbanggai101

    mrbanggai101 Astrea Snail

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    I have definitely seen him eat the cyclops, but I don't think he's getting enough, because he'll take a huge gulp, then forget about the rest of it.
     
  10. Ballgame

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    Can't view photos but I'll never buy one of these. They all starve to death
     
  11. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I suppose it's possible but I doubt it.

    Google feeding Mandarins Nutramar's Ova, and how to train Mandarins to eat from a feeding stations. Once you wait until you see a shrunken appearance to the abdomen it's too late. If your person at the LFS was only feeding cyclops the Mandarin might already be nutritionally challenged. Images from above help to judge girth as well, we need to see girth.

    There is an over abundance of information on the web regarding the specifics of feeding Mandarins and the specific type of pods they can eat. Not all pods or pod size will work with Mandarins.
     
  12. mrbanggai101

    mrbanggai101 Astrea Snail

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    So, I've been researching my tank, and found some pods I almost scared to death, and noticed him "hunting" for some cyclops. The guy at the LFS never fed him, actually, because they told us when they had a shipment and we came and bought him. My biggest problem is, every time I come into the room, he hides (he can't very well, he's fat). Should I get better pictures, or what?