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Offline jjoos99

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Re: Captive bred green mandarins from Sustainable Aquatics!
« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2019, 18:31:53 »
How is the color on her compared to wild caught?  Glad she is doing well. What all types of food is she eating?
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Re: Captive bred green mandarins from Sustainable Aquatics!
« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2019, 18:34:42 »
She grew up eating Sustainable Aquatics Hatchery Diet, and that's what I've fed my fish for a long time anyway.  Plus LRS every week or two.  She eats those pellets and I also put a lot of pods in.  She will still eat those, too.  Her colors look exactly the same as wild caught as far as I can tell.

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« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2019, 10:20:23 »
Finally got a good picture of her yesterday.  She doesn't like me and runs when I approach the tank.  I don't blame her.  Haha!

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Re: Captive bred green mandarins from Sustainable Aquatics!
« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2019, 02:49:04 »
Any updates on these little guys,   always wanted a mandarin but the idea of buying 45 bucks in copepods every so often to feed the little buggers seemed much.  Not to mention I don't even know how many copepods they eat a day or anything guess I could probably do that research.   But no less tank raised on pellets would make them far more feasible in an aquarium.

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« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2019, 09:57:44 »
Unfortunately I lost her recently while my tank has gone through a crash of some sort.  :(  She was doing really well and had grown a lot.  I will purchase another one from Sustainable.  She was very plump and I had pods on the glass still.  I was very, very bummed to realize she was missing. 

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Re: Captive bred green mandarins from Sustainable Aquatics!
« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2019, 11:08:46 »
Ah sorry to hear,  was a cute lil thing.    Hopefully the next round goes better but least ya know it wasn't a feeding issue and ya didn't starve her.

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« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2019, 11:14:34 »
Definitely.  I was watching her closely for that.  She grew a lot in June.  It was great to see.  I'll see if I can find the last pic I have of her.  She was probably 5 or 6 times larger than when I first got her. 

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« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2019, 11:38:44 »
Not the greatest, but one of the last o took of her.

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Re: Captive bred green mandarins from Sustainable Aquatics!
« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2019, 15:33:25 »
Funny this came up. Iíve actually done some investigating with my new mandi. Iíve noticed he only hunts in the light. Curls up like a dog in a little cove at night. So, my lights are on for 13 hrs a day. Iíve averaged that he eats approximately 10 pods a minute. That is only if every time he extends his mouth, heís getting a pod. So you take 13 hours and that makes 780 minutes. That is 7,800 pods a day!!!!


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« Reply #24 on: August 05, 2019, 18:08:10 »
Neat!  I've wondered if my mandarin was grabbing a pod each time she pecked at the rocks or glass.  I wonder if anyone knows? 

Also, I believe you have a female there.  :)  Or can I just not see the long spine in this pic?

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Re: Captive bred green mandarins from Sustainable Aquatics!
« Reply #25 on: August 05, 2019, 18:43:09 »
He hardly ever puts his fin up unfortunately. Itís magnificent! His tank mates couldnít care less about him. Which Iím thankful for. Heís also so chill, I named him Chilly lol.

They are such adapted hunters, I would say they rarely ďmissĒ or peck at something that isnít food.

I have an extremely large population of Tisbe & Apocyclops pods. I have a home made breeder for them in my sump and most importantly, I have no other pod hunters in the tank. My melanuras is so big I donít even think he sees them anymore. I inspect the rocks with a flashlight in the mornings just to make sure he still has plenty of food and Iím seeing appx 5-10 pods per square inch. So Iím sure heíll be nice a fat soon.

Neat!  I've wondered if my mandarin was grabbing a pod each time she pecked at the rocks or glass.  I wonder if anyone knows? 

Also, I believe you have a female there.  :)  Or can I just not see the long spine in this pic?

Brandon



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Re: Captive bred green mandarins from Sustainable Aquatics!
« Reply #26 on: August 06, 2019, 09:19:24 »
Nice!  That makes sense with them being highly adapted.  I took a wrasse off of my fish list after I got her to keep as many pods for her as possible.  Now, though, it may be back on the list... just not sure which one.  Probably a fairy wrasse of some sort.

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