I have one mandarin dragonet in a tank that has about 50lbs of big LR
and 100lbs of small live rock chunks and rubble, aragonite, shells and crushed coral on the bottom. Every piece of small broken rocks and rubble I come across or buy gets dumped into the mandarin tank. There are heavy mushrooms in this tank too to provide lots of shade (ie perceived hiding spots) for the pods
. The pods
breed furiously in this environment.
As a result there are constant swarms of copepods and amphipods visible during the daytime and nightime as well. I feel comfortable having the dragonet in this environment. There is only one other fish in this tank and it is primarily a vegitarian.
Thank you for the informative link Steve. I was pleased to read that these fish are commonly found hanging around rubble in the wild.
Oh yeah it is also a moderate to low flow tank which seems to encourage the pods
even more. I just have several wimpy old powerheads (worn out penguins and a rio) hanging in there.