Mandarin Pod's

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  1. coldshot

    coldshot Blue Ringed Angel

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    I bought some Cheato 6 week's or so ago. I went day before yesterday and bought a Mandarin. The Cheato and all are in my D.T. How long before I would need to add more pod's and how often should I do this?
    Will it be okay to have a male and female Mandarin the same tank together?
    Some times I read about fish and it states only keep one in the tank. Will this apply to Mandarin's also?
    Danny
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  3. RobK13090

    RobK13090 Astrea Snail

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    i dont have much experience with manderins but mine trys to bite its own reflection in the glass somtimes
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  4. coldshot

    coldshot Blue Ringed Angel

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    It is not his reflection he is biting, He is eating Pod's...
  5. fazool666

    fazool666 Sea Dragon

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    I had success with 2 scooters (male/female) before but never tried with mandarins but I would assume they would be OK but let someone else chime in before making a decision.

    As far as the pods, I would get some just in case just because you never have enough pods for a mandarin IMO.
  6. Daniel072

    Daniel072 Giant Squid

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    Is this for the 55 gallon?? You have a fairly new 55 gallon tank and you are thinking of putting a second mandarin in the tank??? 1 mandarin is too many for a 55 as they constantly eat something you are going to have a hard time replinishing.
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    +1 on the 1 for the 55g. It is my favorite fish by far and i have done a fair bit of reading on them. I would say only the 1 but thats just me.
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  9. flynhawaiianz28

    flynhawaiianz28 Peppermint Shrimp

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    +1 i think one mandarin would be a handful in a 55 & it will decimate the supply of pods quicker than u might think & i would suggest looking into Packleader's idea of "Bucket-O-Pods" if you wanna keep plenty of food for your mandarin
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    missionsix Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You can't keep 2 males together. And 2 is too many. And the reflection thing, is probably a ticked mandarin trying to fight his reflection.
  11. coldshot

    coldshot Blue Ringed Angel

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    Okay six post later stil no answer except a bunch of opinions I will try again...
    I bought some Cheato 6 week's or so ago. I went day before yesterday and bought a Mandarin. The Cheato and all are in my D.T. How long before I would need to add more pod's and how often should I do this?
  12. fazool666

    fazool666 Sea Dragon

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    It's not a cut and dry answer....

    What size tank?

    Do you have a fuge?

    What tankmates?

    Need info
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    You'll have to keep an eye on the population for a little while before making such a determination. Once you figure out how much your fish eats during a particular period of time, you'll know when it's time to replenish your supply. In the meantime, try to get your dragonette to eat frozen mysis shrimp so that if you ever do "run out" of pods, it will not starve to death. Keep in mind that all fish eat pods so they may not reproduce fast enough to keep your mandarin alive if it doesn't eat prepared foods.
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  15. Tadpole1mill

    Tadpole1mill Purple Spiny Lobster

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    it sounds like your upset everyone just said no to the two mandarins BUT you did ask if you can keep a male and female and the general answer is no.
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    Probably very quickly Danny. Having the chaeto in the tank strictly for the mandarin is a bit of a waste IMHO. The will need a safe place to go where the mandarin can not get to them, or it will quickly decimate the population. You can either set-up a fuge, or a separate breeding system for the pods (which is very easy and cheap).
    The easiest way to get the mandarin to start eating frozen is to start it on fish eggs. Flying fish roe works really well, and you can get it at most international/asian markets (it's used as a garnish on sushi). If it starts on that, you can slowly start mixing in frozen foods with the roe. Mine will now take mysis and brine, but seems to like frozen blood worms the best. And they will eat A LOT of that stuff. If you can, feed them a 1/4 cube of frozen twice a day.
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    Hey PL, have you heard of anyone having any luck feeding dragonettes oyster eggs? Seems like it would be a good food for them and it's usually readily available at the LFS? What about frozen cyclopeeze?
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    I think the idea for the chaeto, is for the pods to hide/ breed in..
    That and the live rock, etc.. Thats what I use my chaeto for, And to help keep any nitrates down..

    Adding 2 can be tricky.. male/female.. If a problem....
    I would separate these two... at least temporarily... leave the smaller specimen in place... re-try having them together, past lights out time, in about a week or two add them back together.. This is usually done in a 100 gal tank and above..
    I have seen where they have had 2 females and 1 male in the same tank.. Large Tank.

    Larry

    i think they were looking for something with facts. only opinions were posted.

    My info is fact, and I can list links..... Alot of very good info....

    http://joshday.com/mandaringoby.htm
    http://wetwebmedia.com/mandreprofaqs.htm
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  19. Daniel072

    Daniel072 Giant Squid

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    I answered gladly and gave you the best possible answer I could. I think what you are really saying is "not the answer I want"
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  21. sharkyshark

    sharkyshark Spaghetti Worm

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    i think they were looking for something with facts. only opinions were posted.
    if you insist that it is a bad idea, find a good link to back it up
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    Daniel072 Giant Squid

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    it's experience and seeing people that don't want to listen to advice kill mandarin after mandarin because they are so funky looking.
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  23. Paro6k

    Paro6k Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    wow. I hope your dentures fell out after shoving two mandarins in a 55 gal. GOOD LUCK. I hope you find them new homes before you starve them both. Way to be rude to people who are just trying to give you advice. No matter what mandarins are very difficult fish to keep and need TONS of LR and a fuge to keep them healthy, whether or not you chose (i mean want) to listen. They'll probably eat out the entire pod population by morning :)

    +K Daniel072, exactly my thoughts.
  24. PackLeader

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    I haven't heard, but I haven't tried it either. I wouldn't see why it wouldn't be possible. I started on the fish roe simply because I have heard it works, and we don't have an LFS here, so I gotta get by on what's available ;)