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Old 08-09-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
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Mandarin fish

How many gallons can a mandarin fish live comfortably in?
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At least 30 gallons but a better larger tank that has been established for at least a year is better as it has a higher coppapod population
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Ok so one of the bigger nano tanks would work as long as it i an established tank?
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Yes. And when you buy it it's best to get one that is at least eating frozen food at the pet store. Ask them to show you it eat before you buy it.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:01 PM   #5
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Ok thank you that is my ultimate dream fish
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The blue are a beautiful fish. If you wanted something different you could go for the red mandarin or the spotted mandarin
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No i like the blue with the different color "swirls" on its body they look amazing
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:18 AM   #8
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It was my dream fish too, but I held off getting one until I found one that ate something other than live food (was supposedly eating oyster feast).

What's hard about these fish is that they are almost like seahorses, where they are very finicky, eat constantly, and eat live foods. Even with a large copepod population & refugium, it can run out quickly (can eat 2,000+ copepods a day!).

Plus, even if they do eat frozen foods, they aren't aggressive feeders like all the other tank mates. You can have a little plastic cup/box with a hole for the mandarin to go in and eat without competition or spread small foods on the rock.

I've fed it frozen nutramar ova, brine shrimp, cyclops, cyclop-freeze, & mini mysis. I've seen it eat mysis, but don't know if it ate the other foods. He's fat and I've had him for 7 months so he must be eating something! I added him when my tank was 6 months & had a good copepod population.
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I'd love to get a mandarin fish. They are stunning fish
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I saw a baby brine shrimp feeder that mandarins would eat from. It looked like a really nifty set up for continuous feeding. I'll see if I can find it again.
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