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Mandarin Dragonet

Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by damo666, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. damo666

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    Hi all. First off, let me thank everyone who has offered me help and advice over the last year, and wish you all a very merry Christmas.
    I've been eyeing up a lovely mandarin dragonet in my lfs, it's been there an age and looks in excellent condition. I spoke with the owner a couple of weeks ago about it's requirements. He advised me that it needs plenty of live food and ideally a good supply of copepods available all the time for night time grazing. Any one kept one and are they as demanding as he has said? Reason I ask is that I can't find anything that I'd rather add to my collection now. Currently I have a 450ltr system, 2 black and white clowns, royal gramma, bicolour blenny, 5 spot goby, scooter blenny, coral beauty, fox face, yellow tang and a regal tang. Thanks
     
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    doug_amanda Admin Staff Member

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    Yes they are, but aside of all you’re been told I wouldn’t add one to a tank containing a scooter blenny, :)
     
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    Oh, right OK. Nothing I've read mentions that clash, what's the reason for that? Always like to satisfy my curiosity. Thanks
     
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    doug_amanda Admin Staff Member

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    They’re both competing for the same food (pods) so there’s a very good chance they will end up fighting.
     
  5. damo666

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    Fair enough, thanks As mine is a fairly new setup only being 3 months old I'll leave the poor little thing where it is. I wasn't aware the scooter needed pods, had one in my previous tank for over 12 months. I'll look at getting a culture going to feed it regularly. I did add a substantial amount to my refugium 2 weeks ago, not sure if any are left.
     
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    jim_fitz Admin Staff Member

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    i wouldnt put one in a tank less than a year old so that the natural food is blooming
     
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    Unless you are willing to buy fresh pods each week from your local LFS!
     
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    Culturing live pods is easy. Buy a culture, put in a take away container, split after a week into two cultures and then harvest alternately. Reproduction is a bit slower this time of year, but as lighter days approach the population will explode. Feed them on either phyto or a brown algae solution you can buy. After a year, mine would accept target feeding with mysis.
     
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    Thanks for your advice, much appreciated
     
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