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Old 02-28-2006, 12:39 AM   #1
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Mandarin's

I know the basics. They can't live without a healthy supply of pods and must be in an established tank to live long term without starving. My confusion is in regards to the amount of pods you have to have to sustain a Mandarin. I have a 75g with 125lbs of LR, and a fuge. The only other tank inhabitants are a pair of clowns, one yellow watchman goby and a yellow tang. I know i have a good amount of pods because it doesn't take me long and i can find one somewhere. Do i dare consider keeping one?
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Tank size and LR amount sound good, even better that I don't think you have anything in there for it to compete with on the pods.

How old is your tank? I know you might have them but they need to be in great numbers to be able to keep up with the Mandarin. I think that is just as important, if not more than the tank size and rock, the age that is... or even the combo of all 3.

Anyhow, keep us posted, I love those fish, but havent braved them yet.
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I'd go for it with your setup - and assuming you've had it for a while now.
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One other thing:

Pods are beneficial to the natural filtration of a reef tank. Does having a mandarin that depletes your supply of pods actually work against the natural filtration ability of your tank? I'm worried that having a fish like that will eat the majority of my pods thus causing a detriment to my water quality. Is there any truth to this?

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Old 02-28-2006, 02:04 PM   #5
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You've got a fuge, which will keep your pod population up enough IMO. I have a mandarin in a 72g tank and 130 or so lbs of rock. Mine has a fat belly.
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Are people able to keep them in captivity for the long term? Wondering how long i can expect it to live if not indefinentally.
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Well, most fish can go long periods without eting but dragonets are notorious for starving quickly. Some have even gotten their's to eat frozen food, but like said a million times before this should not be expected.

You can expect them to live many years..don't know the exact emount but probably close to 5 or something like that. Never really looked into how long they live.

Also, pods are beneficial to your system but not having them will affect your tank very little. They do eat detritus and all that up but don't provide such a great service that your tank would differ a whole lot without them.
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Well, most fish can go long periods without eting but dragonets are notorious for starving quickly. Some have even gotten their's to eat frozen food, but like said a million times before this should not be expected.

You can expect them to live many years..don't know the exact emount but probably close to 5 or something like that. Never really looked into how long they live.

Also, pods are beneficial to your system but not having them will affect your tank very little. They do eat detritus and all that up but don't provide such a great service that your tank would differ a whole lot without them.
i talked to the owner(i think anyways) of my LFS...and he said he's known people to keep mandarin's for approx. a year. He didn't say why they die after a year. SO i'm just wondering if anyone's been able to keep one alive for longer than that and if so what they did right??
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2 years so far and only eats pods in my 72g.
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I had one for over almost two years and it only died because I was stupid and took the sponge off my powerhead and it was sucked in and could not escape

I put the sponges back on before I added a new one.

I also know someone who claims to have one almost 9 years. With the right conditions they can live a relatively long time.

Sounds like your system is ready to support one.

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