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Old 09-04-2004, 05:41 PM   #1
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any of you have a mandarin?

i'm a newbie looking to own a mandarin in the next 8 weeks or so. is this a difficult fish to take care of? is it reef and invert safe?
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Old 09-04-2004, 05:46 PM   #2
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It is reef and invert safe, but I have heard they are very difficult to keep. They feed on live things in the sand and lr such as pods, and worms. If you dont have an established tank, and a way to keep your pod population up, the it will starve to death.

PS. I was very tempted to buy one today, but used my better judgment, and passed the little beauty up.
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Mandarin are very hard to keep alive, unless you have an establish tank about 2 years old and tons of live rock sine they have a strict diet.
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Old 09-04-2004, 06:46 PM   #4
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I do not think 40 lbs of LR will be enough to sustaina manderin. Bump up the LR and let your tank mature for a year or so before considering this fish.
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I have two. A green mandarin and a target mandarin(green with circle spots). My tank is a year old and covered in pods. However, I had two previously in the tank when it was about 3 months old,(died of ich). The two I have now were kept in a qt for two weeks with no lr and I fed them invertebrate banquet because it sinks to the substrate. I actually saw them eating it. But, they are mostly pod eaters and I don't think they could survive long term on regular food.
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I would say skip it unless you are really serious in which case you will need to setup a refugium to maintain the pod population.
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whats a refugium?
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Philly, a refugium is the up and coming new idea for biological filtration for your tank. Think of it as a little tank filtering your display tank. It is like a sump in the fact that it is ussually under the main tank, water goes through the overflow on the tank into the fuge where it gets filtered and is then pumped back into the display tank. The fuge is filled with LS, LR and variousplant life like mangroves or something. It does require lighting for everything to grow. Just a brief explaination but HTH...Lando
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In it's simplest form it's just another tank connected to your main tank. The type lando talked about is a great use for a fuge as it reduces nitrates to virtually nil and if you do reverse lighting it will also keep your pH constant. I think the name refugium comes from the fact that it was first used to just keep certain species safe from predators in the main tank.
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i've had a mandarin goby before. all they want to eat is anything alive. i bought him when i first started the tank too, so that was just a big mistake on my part. i had to keep buying live brine shrimp for it to eat. and frozen brine shrimp doesn't work. the mandarin only wanted to eat it if he saw food swimming a bit.
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