My Mandarin Dragonets have finally started spawning!

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Hi everyone,

I just wanted to share this video I caught in my tank a couple of nights ago, my pair of mandarins have finally started spawning! Had them both since they were tiny so I'm pretty happy with this. I've set up a small breeder tank to collect the eggs next time and try to raise them!





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Reply #1

Well done, great vid as well!

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Reply #2

Fantastic Chris , they look great 😀

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Reply #3

Great stuff!  Do you breed pods to feed them, or have you managed to get enough going naturally in the tank?

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Reply #4

That's brilliant


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Great stuff!  Do you breed pods to feed them, or have you managed to get enough going naturally in the tank?

No I have got them both eating pellet food and frozen food. I put in a few bags of pods about once a month as a treat but I don't worry about pods too much.

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Reply #6

Did you use a method, or did you buy them already eating pellet/frozen?

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I bought them separately. The male first, I figured there was no point buying two at once in case I couldn't get them feeding.
I just built a secluded corner at the back of my tank whereI was dropping in pods and live brine shrimp and he started coming there looking for food. After that I started to put some pellets in the corner at the same time and after a week or so he started to eat them. The female was much easier when i bought her, she seemed to just copy the male when he was eating them.

Here's a wee video of the male eating pellets, excuse the bad light!


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Reply #8

Great stuff!  I've always fancied a pair.  I had one a few years ago, but lost it during a whitespot outbreak.  I might try again.  My issue now is that I QT everything, so would have to add pods daily to the QT for a month.  Would be worth it for a pair of these beauties though, and I could use the opportunity to try to get them onto other foods.

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Great stuff!  I've always fancied a pair.  I had one a few years ago, but lost it during a whitespot outbreak.  I might try again.  My issue now is that I QT everything, so would have to add pods daily to the QT for a month.  Would be worth it for a pair of these beauties though, and I could use the opportunity to try to get them onto other foods.

Yeah QT'ing mandarins seems to be a topic of some debate. Due to their extremely thick slime coat they are really unlikely to have ich or anything like that so between that and the need for copepods some people say that it's best not to quarantine them at all.

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Reply #10

Hi Chris,


Awesome video!


It has been around 4 months since I've stopped by the site and reading through the threads saw this. I have had a single Mandarin since November last year, did the same as you and moved him over to frozen and pellets since a young age - I got the LFS to dose their display tank of mandarins with frozen and bought the one that scoffed it up, I now dose pods once a week as I have regular deliveries but he is happy with cyclops, mysis, brine shrimp and pellets with the wave makers off.


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Yeah QT'ing mandarins seems to be a topic of some debate. Due to their extremely thick slime coat they are really unlikely to have ich or anything like that so between that and the need for copepods some people say that it's best not to quarantine them at all.
I had one during an ich outbreak, and I left it in the DT for a few days after I took everything else out.  It ended up covered in spots, so had to take it out to treat it.  It died  :heyyy:

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I had one during an ich outbreak, and I left it in the DT for a few days after I took everything else out.  It ended up covered in spots, so had to take it out to treat it.  It died  :heyyy:

Yeah I'm not saying they don't get it, just that they are less at risk than most other fish and some people weigh up the eating vs the slim chance of ich and decide not to QT them.

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