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Old 06-05-2015, 10:30 PM   #11
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You are perhaps the lucky one. You need a system that generates hundreds of pods a day for a single mandarin. Most people's systems, including mine that's over 20 years old don't generate enough pods. Especially if there is competition with wrasses. I stick to my comment that the mandarin is a very difficult fish, long term, for most aquarists. I've bought my last.

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While I can't comment on their origin (be it wild and harvested or tank propagated) I can guarantee that at least 90% of the coral specimens in my 90 and 180 have come from other tanks and not the wild reefs. So I stand by my statement that I wouldn't get a mandarin because of their poor survival rate in captivity. Just like I wouldn't get a shark, even if I had the means to do so. Not judging those who do or questioning those who do successfully. I have tried on a number of occasions to keep Angelfish without success. I will never buy another Angelfish.

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feed, mandarin

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