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ORA Releases Spotted Mandarins

Posted on Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 10:47 am by
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Back in March, we told you that ORA announced captive bred mandarins, then a few days later, we showed you the ORA captive bred Mandarins at the Global Pet Expo in Orland. Well, ORA has now released their first batch of 100% aquacultured spotted mandarins. Again, these captive bred mandarins have been trained to feed on frozen foods and pellets. Since the mandarins are still growing, ORA recommends that you feed at least twice daily. These young mandarins are best kept in a peaceful reef community.

From ORA:

ORA is pleased to announce the initial release of our first batch of 100% aquacultured Spotted Mandarins (Synchiropus picturatus.) Our biologists have been hard at work developing the methods to breed and raise these beauties.

Even though they are some of the most attractive and popular aquarium fish in the hobby, many wild-
caught mandarins are difficult to feed and despite best efforts, most of them fail to thrive in aquariums.
ORA has eliminated this heart-breaking problem by training our captive-bred mandarins to eat a variety of
commercially available frozen foods and pellets. Now the average hobbyist can enjoy the convenience of
finding readily available (and affordable) food sources for their exquisite ORA dragonettes.
Caring for ORA Mandarins isn’t as simple as throwing a cube of frozen food and a pinch of pellets in the
aquarium a couple of times a week. At approximately 1.25”-1.5” in length, ORA’s Spotted Mandarins are
still growing and have voracious appetites. We recommend frequent feedings – at least twice daily. Some of
the frozen foods that they readily accept include: finely chopped Hikari Blood Worms, Nutramar Ova (prawn
eggs), fish roe, and baby brine shrimp. They are also accustomed to eating New Life SPECTRUM Small
Fish Formula pellets.

Our experience has shown that these young fish begin to grow rapidly when they are kept in a reef
environment. We believe that while our mandarins can survive on 100% commercial diets, they will thrive in
an environment that offers them a combination of frozen, pellet and live foods.

ORA is tremendously proud of the mandarins we have been nurturing for almost one year. We admit, we’re
also feeling a bit protective of them and we want every single one of them to be successful in their new
homes. It is important for everyone to understand that ORA’s mandarins have led a sheltered existence in
the hatchery and they are very naive. We wish to caution all hobbyists that these baby mandarins are not
yet “reef-smart” and should not be kept with fish large enough to eat them or show aggression to them.

We have been amazed to observe that even at this small size our mandarins are reaching sexual maturity.
In the future we intend to offer pairs, but at approximately 1.5” it is difficult to distinguish a female from a
subordinate male with any certainty. Despite their petite size, we’re sure you’ll agree that ORA’s Spotted
Mandarins are some of the prettiest fish ever produced. They have colorful masks and their green scale-less
bodies sport exquisite circular patterns of turquoise, royal blue, orange and black.

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5 Responses to “ORA Releases Spotted Mandarins”

  1. Jen says:

    can’t wait to get one. I was always worried about not having enough pods.

  2. Chris says:

    I think I’d still be worried about it in a system without enough pods. Mandarins are still slow swimmers, and may not get to the food in time. Other fish will probably snag all the food before the mandarins get to it.

  3. Dave Grennan says:

    any word on retail pricing?

  4. Mary-Elizabeth Collins Reed says:

    $59.99 on SWF

  5. TJ Conroy says:

    That’s nuts… last time I checked Madarins were like $25 a pop from a LFS. Like $15 online. What’s the hike for? They trying to guarantee they take non-live food or something? If so, maybe a good idea for newbs or those not up for a little effort. Otherwise, I’ve never found it difficult to transition mandarins to frozen food… even pellets in some cases.

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