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Old 05-04-2011, 12:07 PM   #21
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I agree they are awesome. If I had to take a pod eating scooter or the mandarin I would have chosen the mandarin. But maybe fate has stepped in and the scooter is the fish I'm supposed to have. lol
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I agree they are awesome. If I had to take a pod eating scooter or the mandarin I would have chosen the mandarin. But maybe fate has stepped in and the scooter is the fish I'm supposed to have. lol

You can always get your mandarin when you get your 125 going!
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Wouldnt that be too big for him? I was seriously considering putting one in my 55g in a few months. i think I have the right rock and support for him in there. Just concerned about the current fish harassing it. I also would def get an ORA one, just so i can have a shot at prepared foods with him. My luck it'll revert back to pods. lol
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Wouldnt that be too big for him? I was seriously considering putting one in my 55g in a few months. i think I have the right rock and support for him in there. Just concerned about the current fish harassing it. I also would def get an ORA one, just so i can have a shot at prepared foods with him. My luck it'll revert back to pods. lol

Not too big no, might not see her as much though. The females have the higher nice fin I believe so try to get a female. I'm sure the ora would do fine in your 55 gallon too, and you'd see it more. The other fish wont harass the mandarin, most fish leave them alone completely (except triggers!)
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i've kept them in large tanks. they are frequently seen, so don't worry about losing one. i wouldn't put one in a 29 or a 55 though, unless i could be sure it was eating prepared foods. it's a sad thing, watching a fish wither away before your eyes. it just happened to me with a copper banded butterfly. it took about 3 months.
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Oh I wouldn't consider it unless I have luck with my scooter. That's a good test to see if I can sustain one. I'm trying my heart out with this guy.

What do you see being issues in a 55g X? I have over 80lbs of rock in there so far and a pretty established sand bed as well. And this isn't something I was planning on soon anyway, maybe by years end.
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The high fin is the male.
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I am an old hippie from the 60's and what other fish looks "tie died?" If I can get a ORA mandarin, I might try again.
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I'm still kinda a hippie chick which is why they appeal to me too! lol

I am kinda known for being a bit gaudy and ostentatious so this fish fits my personality completely.
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I am an old hippie from the 60's and what other fish looks "tie died?" If I can get a ORA mandarin, I might try again.
A few wrasses look tie died. Check out these links.

Wrasse Fish for Sale: Cleaner Wrasse and other Reef Safe Wrasse Species

Saltwater Aquarium Fish: Wrasse for FOWLR Aquariums

Plus there are alot of colorful Angel fish too.
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