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Old 06-22-2004, 08:47 PM   #1
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Mandarin Goby Question...

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Was @ the LFS and saw a fat & sassy mandarin goby; and was thinking about adding it to my tank. I've heard they can be a challenge to feed but i have 3" live sand substrate with a little crushed coral mixed in. Lots of pods creeping around the sand when the lights are off. Would that be enough sustenance for a mandarin? I normally feed flake and some frozen preparations to my clowns, but not sure if he'd eat them. Just wanted a little feedback on what people thought... 8)
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Old 06-22-2004, 09:56 PM   #2
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If you have lots of copepods then you have their natural food source. How much LR deo you have? That will make a difference. these belong in mature reef tanks with LOTS of pods. They are really cool fish, good luck! Lando
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Not much LR. its only a 30 gallon with around 15 lb LR and 3" LS, but i see pods all of the time when the lights are off and whenever i change filters, i see pods crawling all over the floss. I mean to get more LR, but i like the look of more open room in the tank. How many pounds of LR you suggest? I dont rely on it for much filtration, i just like the critters that come with them and algae.
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The mandarin won't be comfortable with the open room.. you need lots of caves and hiding places. I think you should double your LR and let it mature before considering one.
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How much LR? That really depends and is a matter if preference. If you are counting on the LR as a main source of biological filtration then you should have about 2 lbs per gal. If you are using it as decoration and to bump bio. filtration then whatever looks good to you. I agree with Atari in the fact that the dragonet will need more LR to be happy. These areactive bottom dwelling fish that spend the days crusing around the LR and in and outof caves. Go with at least another 15-20 lbs. to make it happy.
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In a 30 gal, I don't think he would make it. Unless of course you could get him on enriched frozen brine or mysis.
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imo ya better to dodge him for a 30 !! unless you had a great fuge UPSTREAM full of pods !! they wont eat dead food so not even worth a try imo
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thanx to all for the advice
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I had one in a 45g tank with 50lb of LR, and lots of pods so I thought. The mandarin consumed them in about 2 weeks. And then he started to fast as the pod population is exhausted and he won't feed on anything else.
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guess they really love the pods that much huh? Perhaps some day in the future when i have room for a larger tank...oh well. Such is life.....
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