Mandarin Dragonets

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    My boyfriend ( @DevzZz ) has a 4ft tank and has had it over a year or two now. Last night I noticed a whole lot of little bugs in the tank. He says that they are amphipods, he then explained to me about the Mandarin dragonets. I have seen a few of them in pet shops and always wanted to get one.

    I am really interest in getting one for the tank.

    Any advice on this adorable creature? :)
     
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    If the tank is nice and mature and have lots of pods, then get one! Be warned these little fishies can clear a pod population very very fast...so make sure the pods have places in the tank out of mandarins reach to populate....like refuge, rock rubble etc etc.

    Also, some of them in the shops have learnt to eat frozen brine etc....ask the shop if they eat prepared foods....then your lucky!

    Mine started eating prepared foods by itself....
     
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    The tank has been running for over a year or two now. It's very steady and on a good husbandry routine to keep it pristine.

    I found some pods in the aragonite in the display tank as well as in the glass cleaner. Will they be all over the tank?

    What fish can't go with a Mandarin?

    What other information will I need to know in order to look after this fishy?

    Sorry about all the questions. I am semi-new to this.
     
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    Yeah, they will be all over....also check at night after lights out with a torch....youll see them then at there most active....:)

    Mandarins are very peaceful fish....I have never heard of any other fish attacking them or causing issues with them....

    Nothing else to it really....you can always also buy brine egss, hatch them in water and feed that too...

    I did this in the begiining.....just squit the live brine in the mandarins direction....hell hunt them down....
     
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    Do you think it is a better idea to start introducing the brine immediately to the mandarin?

    Can you buy brine eggs from a pet store?

    Do you have to have a separate tank for the brine?
     
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    Yeah maybe get some ready before you get him....the brine hatches in 24-48hrs....so its a speedy process....

    Hatch them in a empty 2l coke bottle.....airstone etc....

    Yes, you can buy from most petshops....
     
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    What will i need exactly for the brine eggs?:confused1:

    Sorry not to experienced..:blush:
     
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    Ok, this is what I do....

    I take a 2l coke bottle.....fill it about half with RO water, add about a half a teaspoon table salt to the water.....mix well.....then i take a small amount (a little goes a long long way) of the eggs and pour it into the bottle....

    Then I just leave it on the kitchen counter....within 48hrs your see the tiny tiny little brine vibrating around in the bottle.....i then use a turkey baster to suck them up and squirt into the tank....

    I dont bother keeping them alive to grow them out....as I use what I hatch....

    However, you can add a airstone to the bottle and keep the brine alive longer and feed them....(what I did before was to add about 2-3 drops of the dirty water in my skimmer cup to the bttle to feed them)

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Thank you so much! This is a great help!!:)
     
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