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Old 04-08-2006, 02:41 AM   #1
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mandarin fish compatibility - need quick answer please

I have a spotted mandarinfish in my tank now and saw a mated pair of green mandarinfish at the pet store. These two fish will NOT be at the store very long and will probably be sold in a day or two. I was wondering if I could add this pair to the tank? I think my spotted mandarinfish is a female as the dorsal spine is not long (not sure though). Here's a pic:

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Let me know if adding them will work.

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I would not mix the two together.
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I am not sure that the tank listed in your profile will be able to produce enough food to keep three manderins from starving. I would skip it based on that.
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tank size and how mature it is would be very important. And IMO it is not a good idea, I have read they are territorial fish.
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I also would skip it. How long have you had the spotted mandarin?
Is it eating frozen foods?
You list a 72gal tank with 50# of LR and a 5gal sump. I' not sure you can produce enough pods for one mandarin to feed on. Three would starve IMO.
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Well my spotted mandarin eats all sorts of frozen food including mysis shrimp. I've had him for almost 5 months now. Food wise my plan was to switch the new guys over to frozen food as well. I am more concerned about them fighting.

Thanks for the quick responses.

P.S. Does anyone know the gender of my spotted? I think it's a female but not sure.
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It's hit or miss as far as getting a mandarin to take frozen foods. Most do not, and end up dying of starvation.

I can't tell if that's a male or a female, but I'm not an expert. It's the anterior dorsal fin that would be larger on a male. The males tend to be larger also.
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Looks to be male to me. I have green and spotted mandarins in my tank. I have never had aggression issues with them. If they do happen to bump into each other which is seldom they just check each other out and keep grazing. I do agree with others in that they will more than likely starve in your tank. If yours is eating frozen food then consider yourself lucky. Even if all of them will eat prepared food you will still have issues since they would need a constant food source and feeding many times a day is really not a option.
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Male = spiked dorsal fin

Female = smooth dorsal fin

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Brenden your experience is based on a 500+ tank.. Big difference.. If I had a tank that big I would have a herd of them...

Food being a BIG issue in a small tank...
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