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04-10-2012, 01:28 PM
No offense but really what did you expect? Even if it was decent size it could have easily lost that weight/ size from their shipping process. Eventho it is captive breed they still get them shipped in (more then likely don't breed them at their shipping warehouse), then they sit in a tank with multiple manderines, probably don't have tons of pods flowing through the system and aren't exactly sitting there feeding them multiple times per day or even making sure they eat before shipping out. Then, once you place the order they pull one out put it in a bag ship it out the next day (more then likely), and then it takes a day to get to you and you go pick it up from the fed ex location atleast 48 hrs after it last ate. These fish have a super high metabolism and even a healthy decently fed mandarin will lose some weight during all this. Same with tangs (and many other active, high metabolism frequent feeding types of fish), I've watched shipments of tangs come in from reputable wholesalers who are awesome, and the tangs still look like they are starving and lose weight that often takes weeks to recover from!
Give it some time, get it eating and keep it well fed and hopefully it will bounce back..... but this isn't uncommon nor would I really say that it is the place you got it froms fault, even if it doesn't make it. Captive breed with these especially don't really mean they are much easier
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