Urgent help needed Manderins

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  1. Evo R

    Evo R

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    Hey guys

    Please i need help regarding feed a pair of manderins!
    The local pet shop has a marine tank thats been running now for a week or two and this morning when i walked in there i saw the most shocking thing....

    A full tank of fish in a new un cycled tank.And when i ask/told them they are tendering for big loses they ubruptly told me to sod off saying "we have been keeping fish for 15yrs and they know what they are doing"

    Fish that i saw are as follows: (standerd 5ft tank)

    green chromis x 8
    Clowns(large) x 6
    yellow belly damsil x 6
    banana wrasse x 1
    coral beaty x 1
    MANDERINS x 2
    unknown fish x 7

    There is a young chap that does the feeding of the fish and he said he will feed them what ever i tell him too.Please any advise RE feed info would be much apreciated!

    It would be wrong of me to just stand by and do nothing when erogant @ssholes are killing inocent livestock because of there own stupidedty!!!!!

    Please help...
     
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  3. rakabos

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    Try and feed them ( im sure the posts after mine will tell u what to feed) then phone the SPCA and report them
     
  4. Tony

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    Unfortunately not too many mandarins take to frozen or prepared food. A large, mature (12 months) tank with lots of live rock is what's needed. The other fish dont threaten the mandarins source of food which probably doesnt exist in a new tank
     
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    Mandarins eat pods in the sand of an established tank!
     
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    Lol i know they live on pods(wich are non exitent in a week old tank with NO LR in just base rock and also no skimmer) but i need other forms of food to try...like brine shrimp or blood worms ect??I never kept any manderins so i dont know what to subsitute the co-pods with.

    And if any of that fish dies....... ill make kak!!!
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Are you buying the mandarins or are you wanting to try get the LFS to feed them properly?
     
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    You can feed newly hatched brine shrimp which is more nutritious as they still have their yolk sac but your other fish will have a field day as well, so be prepared to feed a lot as mandarins are extremely slow feeders. They almost have to decide whether they want to eat the food or not
     
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    +1
     
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    Just do not buy anything out of sympathy.

    Fish will be under stress, and whitespot will pop up. No reason why you should risk infecting your own setup.
     
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    That is just wrong anything for a quick buck:(
     
  12. Mastazee

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    Does the SPCA deal with fish?
     
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    I don't think the spca will do anything about it. This isn't unsual practice for many stores.
    Good luck :(
     
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    Its threre new DT.And im only trying to help them because this is a tragedy waiting to happen and help prevent any losses.
     
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    As far as i know they are not selling them...

    And i did tought about buying the manderins out of sympathy but its true what Riaan said.
     
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    try live brine for the mandarins, mine love them;)
     
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    ditto on the live brine shrimp. ive bought mandarins to save them and two weeks later the pet shop has more of them in stock. rather get them to put them in liverock tank for a while, that may save them.
     
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    unfortunatley the SPCA is clueless, all i can say is we need to start regulating this somehow, (i dont know how but somehow) i purchase less fish now than ever before and really look after what i buy, but imagine a world where we had our pic of healthy specemins. all i can say is support those who put the effort in. the shops practicing this kind of quick and unknowledgeable type of selling will soon fail.

    it may be worth paying the shipping and dealing with guys like exotic and idol to name a few..
     
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    Any update on the fish?
     
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    Im on my way to the petshop to see.Wil let you know.
     
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    Thanks Evo, good work out there
     
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