Mandarins trained to eat dry and/or frozen food

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by LuckyFish, 7 Feb 2010.

  1. LuckyFish

    LuckyFish MASA Contributor

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    Hi guys,

    your help is needed. There is a question coming up regarding the breeding of mandarins.
    All the mandarins I had, allways spawned. So eggs are not a problem.
    To raise them, it is difficult, but possible. I am going to do that one day in any case, for some other reason than selling them.
    My opinion was, it is not worth it, to raise mandarins from the commercial point of view. They take forever to grow to a saleable size. Around 8 months.

    Now the questions:

    How much are they (wild caught mandarins) going for in the shops?
    How much would the hobbyist pay for a captive bred mandarin, which is trained to eat frozen and/or dry food?
    A weaned mandarin will be an easy to keep species. Just like weaned seahorses.
    If the retail price will be okay, so it would be worth for me, to breed them, I will do so. I would post the whole story of breeding and weaning, etc. in the breeding forum.
    I also would build a feeding box, which can be easy build by yourself, to get a standard feeding box for captive bred mandarins. There are many options I saw on the internet, to keep all other fish away from the feeding box. Otherwise, the mandarin will still starve, because other fishes are faster and will eat his food.

    All this is possible, many breeder did it many times with success.

    Looking forward to all your answer and suggestions.

    Thanks

    Marcel
     
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  3. Warr7207

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    LFS Price - R 200 - 300

    I would pay R 400 - 500.00 for flake eating dragonets
     
  4. LuckyFish

    LuckyFish Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks for your honest opinion.
    Besides my own interest as a breeder, I also would be willing to spend 100 to 200 Rand more, than normal.
     
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    I would spend more if I knew the fish wouldn't starve to death
     
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    i have trained a mandarin to eat frozen food before (in a fifty litre nano for eleven months) but i am willing to try the same method on smaller mandarins, it would be interesting to see if it worked with others.
     
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