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Old 10-04-2008, 11:11 PM   #1
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Question Mandarin Gobys

Is it true that to house them they need at least 100 gallons of water or is it possible to be housed in any amount of water??

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18 pounds of LR, lobophyllia, mushroom, yellow
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It will not survive in your 14g tank unless you buy copepods weekly.

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They need all the live rock that fits into a 100 tank. They are extreemly picky eaters. They only like live pods that they pick off your rock. You need that big of a tank for your pod population to keep up. If not the mandarin will wipe out all the pods and then just starve after seeming like its doing fine for a month or two. A large fuge with some macro and live rock rubble helps your pod population too. They have been succesfully kept in smaller tanks but i would recommend that you don't try it unless your really know what your doing. In a 14gal tank it would be nearly impossible
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This is absolutely not a fish your a 14g tank. This fish requires a LOT of LR and a larger tank. They feed almost entirely on live copepods and will not survive in a tank that small.

There are a lot of people who have the setup with a refugium and a great pod population that can't keep them alive. I am one of those. I have nearly 300lbs of LR in my system and a large refugium that has been running for almost 3 years now. I have a giant pod population and I'm not going to put that fish in my system at least not for another 6 months.

This is not a beginner fish.
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