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Please My Manderin fish is really weak!
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lilan
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PostPosted: 2003.06.28(Sat)8:23    Post subject: Please My Manderin fish is really weak! Reply with quote

It does not eat,its colour is fading,it does not come out and its colour used to be very bright,it eats frozen brines and now it does not eat even a single thing.
WHAT SHOULD I DO.
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Monster
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PostPosted: 2003.06.28(Sat)9:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

have you had your water tested? If I were you, I'd test my water - the whole range, pH, nitirite, ammonia, nitrate and hardness at least. Maybe the water conditions are not good, and therefore he's weakened?
try live brine if you can too .
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The Old Salt
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PostPosted: 2003.06.28(Sat)12:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man cannot live on bread alone, nor can Mandarins live on brine.

What kind of tank setup do you have?
How long have you had this fish?
What other fish are in the tank?
When did the trouble start?
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PostPosted: 2003.06.28(Sat)22:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, without knowing a little about your tank it's kind of hard to say. If you don't have a lot of live rock in your tank and/or it's not fully established, you don't have the microfauna required by the mandarin to fully thrive. Brine shrimp by itself really isn't enough to keep any marine fish alive and healthy for extended periods of time, much less the picky and demanding mandarin. A beautiful fish, but one best left to the experts.

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lilan
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PostPosted: 2003.06.29(Sun)1:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

well. maybe it is the filter it is giving the trouble. but thanks for your reply. my manderin died few minutes ago.
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Monster
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PostPosted: 2003.06.29(Sun)7:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorry to hear about that lilan.
so - what else would you recommend trying to feed to mandarins since they are so picky? just curious....
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SoS
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PostPosted: 2003.06.29(Sun)9:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are few if any reports of Mandarins ever eating anything but live food. In the form of Copepods. The little white bug lookin things in your reef tank. You should have a mature large reef 55+ with no other pod predators.

My Mandarin is Fat and happy and I've never fed him a thing. I have a 55 gallon tank with a refugium which I stocked with Live pods I purchased from www.ipsf.com.

This is the only way to keep a Mandarin Dragonet. They will not eat prepared foods. I'm very suprised he ate the brine. It might have been out of pure starvation.
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Monster
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PostPosted: 2003.06.30(Mon)13:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

interesting...what is it called on that website? (pardon my ignorance here)
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do you really pay $30 in shipping?
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SoS
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PostPosted: 2003.06.30(Mon)14:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monster wrote:
interesting...what is it called on that website? (pardon my ignorance here)
Smile

do you really pay $30 in shipping?


Yes shipping is around 30-40 bucks. Its sent by the fastest possible route from hawaii. Check out there 9 for 99$ with free shipping it was a great deal.

http://www.ipsf.com/#anchor148721

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PostPosted: 2003.06.30(Mon)16:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the info - I'll consider that!
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