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Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Renegade roommate!
« Last post by vlangel on 6 days ago »
Yes you can if they have rock work to hide in. You can even hide a piece of PVC pipe for them to jump into. The biggest hurdle to keeping mandarins is they require a large amount of live food. The people I know that have kept them long term and have produced fry have large fuges in their sumps for amphipod and copepod production. At one time ORA was selling CB mandarins that were already eating frozen, unfortunately they have discontinued production.
I only ever had 1 mandarin and it was in a well eastablished 90 gallon.  Unfortunately it wasted away.  I have read threads on training them onto frozen but it did not sound like every mandarin is trainable and I really don't want to see another one waste away.  I am successfully keeping an amphipod culture going but I am guessing that a mandarin could only eat the small ones.  I really love them but this is sounding like its too iffy.  I will probably stick with getting a CB bangaii cardinal instead.
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Yes you can if they have rock work to hide in. You can even hide a piece of PVC pipe for them to jump into. The biggest hurdle to keeping mandarins is they require a large amount of live food. The people I know that have kept them long term and have produced fry have large fuges in their sumps for amphipod and copepod production. At one time ORA was selling CB mandarins that were already eating frozen, unfortunately they have discontinued production.
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Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Renegade roommate!
« Last post by vlangel on 7 days ago »
You can sex mandarin dragonets by their dorsal fin. The males have a elongated dorsal fin that comes to a point. The females keep the shorter rounded dorsal similar to juveniles. Females tend to be much harder to come by and are easily confused with juveniles.
Thanks Cheryl.  Can you keep a mandarin in a bare bottom tank?
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You can sex mandarin dragonets by their dorsal fin. The males have a elongated dorsal fin that comes to a point. The females keep the shorter rounded dorsal similar to juveniles. Females tend to be much harder to come by and are easily confused with juveniles.
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Shawn, one thing I learned about erectus years ago is they can become larger than you can imagine and will dwarf a 24" tall 60G tank. They can also live for 8+ years and do continue to grow throughout their lives. That being said, do not transfer water from a existing tank to a new one, as Ray already said you are risking transferring organisms that you don't want in a new tank. My smallest tank for a single adult pair of H. comes is a 45G and I am cycling a 58G tank to move them into as they are already outgrowing their 45G tank. Also, I would not add any damsel into a seahorse tank. My seahorse tanks are not only species specific, I only keep a single pair in each tank. As for aiptasia and flatworms, moving forward, prevention by using sterile techniques is much easier than eradication, this has already been stated.
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Aquarium / Re: 37g...and then the 60g cube
« Last post by vlangel on 13 days ago »
That would be perfect if she could move directly downstairs from you.  It would probably ease your mind knowing she would not make a fuss just in case you had a little mishap with water overflowing too.  Bite my tongue, as I am sure that will never happen!  I run an overflow box and I only had it happen once.  Since I only had a 10 gallon sump, only about 2-3 gallons overflowed and it was when my son lived with us so we caught it right away.

You are right, grandchildren seem to grow faster than our kids did, ha ha!  I plan to enjoy every second.
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Aquarium / Re: 37g...and then the 60g cube
« Last post by angieg1123 on 13 days ago »
Congrats on the new granddaughter!  Enjoy her.  They grow way too fast. Lucky for me both of my daughters have never been more then an hour or 2 away.  My oldest is just here until she finds an apt and a job.  Things did not work out with the baby daddy, so she needed her mama and a chance to regroup and take some shelter from the storm.   It took her 2 days to find a job, and she is now looking for daycare.  There is an apt opening in the building I live in at the end of the month...hopefully they will hold it for her ;)  It's actually directly  down stairs from me lol.  Would be perfect because I could just give her my internet password and she could use my wifi, and maybe I can run my cable down to her apt...that would save her some $$. AND...Grandma is right up stairs for any emergencies!
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Aquarium / Re: 37g...and then the 60g cube
« Last post by vlangel on 14 days ago »
O my, it sounds like you have your hands full.  I am glad that the male finally began to eat for you.  That can be very stressful.

The 60 cube sounds like its coming along nicely.  They will love that when its cycled and ready.

Is your daughter and grandson moving in a permanent arrangement?  Our kids can have it tough these days.  My son and daughter in law moved in with us for a year.   Its feast or famine with my kids.  All 3 boys and their families now live in 3 different states and not PA where my hubby and I live, ha ha!  I am with my oldest son and family now since they just had a baby girl.  My first granddaughter!  I am enjoying helping although I miss my hubby and my ponies.  He's taking good care of them though.
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Aquarium / Re: 37g...and then the 60g cube
« Last post by angieg1123 on 14 days ago »
They are settling in great now,  It was a rough couple of days for the male.  He has a small prolapse of the pouch. We are not sure if it happened during shipping or if it happened before they were shipped. Dan and Abbie have been great about it. He did not seem to eat for the first 4 days, but maybe he was snacking on the amphipods in the tank? He was getting very thin and I was worried about him!   He ate quite a bit today though. (Hikari Mysis)    I think it was a combination of shipping stress,  his first pregnancy, and a new tank. The female figured out the feeding station in 2 days!  She eats like a pig.  I have been target feeding him, along with broadcast feeding.  I do put a small amount of Mysis in the feeding dish just so the female continues to look there for food.

Since I do not know when they did the egg transfer it is just a waiting game.  For all  I know he could be faking it, but he hasn't emptied / flushed the pouch at all since they arrived Thursday so I'm thinking he's got actual fry in there.  Probably not many...I hope. Plus he hides all of the time.  Seems to be protecting that pouch... I will not be trying to raise this batch.   I have not gotten the fry tanks setup yet.

I just finished plumbing the 60g cube, I was 2 elbows short so I have to pick them up tomorrow.  Everything is dry fit, I just need to glue and leak test.  Sunday I plan to Epoxy the branch rock together and let it cure.  My Samoa pink sand is on back order, so I am still waiting for that.  I do have everything else though. 

I am able to keep the tank at 68F with just a fan blowing across the top of the tank so I am not hooking up a chiller yet. 

My daughter and grandson moved in with me 2 days ago, so my spare bedroom is being used by them. That WAS my fry room.  I need to figure out where to put the fry tanks now ;( 

That's about It for now.  I will update more as I get things finished. 
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Aquarium / Re: 37g...and then the 60g cube
« Last post by vlangel on 15 days ago »
Angie, I just wondered how the new seahorses are settling in?
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