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Old 06-26-2012, 01:20 PM   #1
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I was planning on having some type of wrasse, a few gobies, a jaw fish, a dwarf angel, damsels or chromis and maybe a Tang. How many gobits could I have? I really like the green mandarins. And are there any tangs that would work?
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Mandarins aren't in fact gobies. They are a species of dragonet, and require unreal amounts of pods to keep alive. You could keep a few gobies if they don't resemble eachother. A fairy wrasse or flasher wrasse would work well in your tank. For the tang, I would say you could keep a kole or tomini tang.
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:06 PM   #3
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Good call on the Mandarins, totally different family of fish! Just always called Gobies, for some reason.
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I didn't know that! Sorry for my ignorance but what are talking about when you say pods?
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:27 PM   #5
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I didn't know that! Sorry for my ignorance but what are talking about when you say pods?
No, not at all, ALL LFS refer to them as Gobies!! Don't really know why.
Pods are the little creatures that you can see swimming around, mostly at night. Mandarins exclusively eat pods, unless trained to eat other foods. Tanks need to be large and established, with lots of live rock, to maintain enough of a population, to feed a Mandarin. Mandarins are constantly on the prowl, to eat more pods! They are a difficult fish to keep, long-term.
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I guess they will have to wait! They are hard to compete with in color
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I think they are one of the most gorgeous fish out there. You could always get an ORA mandarin, pricey, but already eating prepared foods!!!!!!
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:51 PM   #9
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My lfs owner said he has been keeping Saltwater tanks for 40 years. All he feeds his is frozen blood worms. He said he's never had a problem with them
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Have your LFS person feed while you watch. I tried a Mandarin years ago. Ate at the LFS, but would not eat at home. I am thinking maybe my tank having other fish made it hesitant to come out after the food, compared to being in its own little area at the LFS? Gorgeous, but difficult to keep.
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