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Old 05-02-2011, 04:02 PM   #1
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How long have you kept a Mandarine alive?

Just interested in others experience. I have a pod infested 300 gallon reef that I have tried Mandarins in over a period of almost 20 years. Most of my fish are 5-10 years old. Never had a Mandarin last more than a year.
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I am also interested in this question
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:57 PM   #3
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You're a better man than me. I've only had been able to keep one for about 4 months. But I been read'n up on everything I can get my hands on to give me the best chance when I give it my next try. With everyone say'n how tough it is and I'd be better off not do'n it. I'm kinda take'n it personal and I WILL NOT BE DENIED!!!! Plus I really like the fish.
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:43 PM   #4
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I have had one for a year and 2 months now. If you are trying to cut down on your pods i would try a red scooter blenny. They will live longer and will get along with a mandarin in that large of a set.
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I heard that a tank full of hair algea can keep multiple mandarins alive no problem
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4 months for me they are not Hardy at all
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Mandarins don't eat hair algae, they either eat pods or prepared foods.
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They are actually very hardy fish that unfortunately starve in most tanks. Check out Ora. They claim to have bred mandarins that will eat frozen foods.
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What I was meaning that was due to the high amounts of pods that hairalgea contain, it can sustain their diet
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Okay here is my mandarin history:

Had my green spotted mandarin in my 28 gallon for about two years (maybe more) before she got stung by my over-sized anemone and died (I'm assuming it was the anemone since she was eating and happy the night before and she was a very fat mandarin so def not starvation)

Had a blue mandarin in our main tank for over three years, he was also eating prepared foods and was very fat. We added an evil niger trigger fish and that was the end of him and many other fish unfortunately.

We now have a blue mandarin in our large display tank who we added just over a month ago. she was eating prepared foods at the store and is still just as fat.

Also I replaced my green target goby after she died in the nano for another one. She has been in there for at least 6 months and doing well.

My LFS must get the best mandarins, I have never had a problem getting them to eat prepared foods.
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