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November 5, 2006 at 4:17 pm #982carrieincoloradoMember
He lives in my other tank, not the seahorse tank. I saw him yesterday and this morning he is GONE…!!? I fed and usually he\’ll be seen working the rocks eating the mysis and brine and this morning he is no where to be seen. I do have a brittle star but I don\’t think he\’s big enough to eat the mandarin. My mandarin was FAT. I miss him, he\’s always been my favorite fish in that tank. I\’ve had him since the end of July. 🙁November 6, 2006 at 12:41 am #3009carrieincoloradoGuest
I found him this afternoon. He was lying behind the toadstood and an emerald crab was picking on him a little. As far as I can tell, he just DROPPED DEAD. There was no obvious causes of death, no major injuries, he was still plump.. I just don’t get it.
I only have 3 other fish in that tank, so I guess I have to pick a new favorite.:(November 6, 2006 at 12:29 pm #3011trulyshyGuest
Ohhh sorry to hear that!!! 🙁
How long have you had him??? I always had trouble keeping my scooter blenny’s alive. Sweetlips would eat and eat pretty good, but always seemed to have a caved in tummy.
I told my LFS that I never have luck with mine, eventhough they eat, they seemed to starve to death….
He said try this and gave me some blood worms. I was surpised because I thought blood worms weren’t the best for salt water tanks. He said to watch the water and take out any remaining… Well, the fish go gaga over it. Sweet lips will even come swim up to the worms before they even hit bottom. His tummy is always rounded and full now. This one has even grown since I have him.
I never have to worry about the remains becuase the fish clean everything up and the hermit crabs too. My water has great values and I’ve been feeding them for about two months now.
I asked the LFS why mine had been starving up until now eventhough I have alot of pods in my tank and he was eating the shrimp…He said that they weren’t full enough with nutrition…. the blood worms he gave me were enriched….
ChristineNovember 6, 2006 at 2:31 pm #3012carrieincoloradoGuest
That is very interesting, thanks for the tip! But my mandarin has always eaten mysis and brine, so I never had to worry about feeding him. I had him since July, the nicest little fish, they are so peaceful and always mind their own business. When I would feed he would come up to the tank and pooch his lips out.
I miss him.November 6, 2006 at 2:58 pm #3013LeslieGuest
Sorry to hear about your drgonet.
These fish are difficult if not impossible to sustain in anything less than a mature 100g tank full of live rock.
For an explination of what most likely happened please see the following article in particular the setion on feeding and nutrition….
LeslieNovember 6, 2006 at 9:38 pm #3015trulyshyGuest
I know they are sooo cute when they pooch their lips!!! That’s why my hubby named ours sweetlips.. hee hee
Since July…. yeah that’s about as long as I was always able to keep mine.
I’ll keep you updated if the worms prolong that…. I’m crossing my fingers, I don’t want to loose another one!
Slowly but surely I have a diner going for my tank… fish eat this, scooter that… seahorses this…. my hubby started complaining that I prepare the fishes food more than his… hee hee
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