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Old 02-09-2014, 04:35 PM   #1
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Manderin in 30 gallon.

I'm contemplating placing a maderin in a 30 gallon FOWLF tank. Just the maderin. Thoughts and experience would be appreciated, before I decide to commit. Like feeding costs, etc. I will be using a regular light with a HOB filter, with a very small power head, just to keep things from settling. I'm not sure about raising pods and what not. I love the fish, but I also know there's a level if commitment that goes with a fish like this. I want to make sure I can make the commitment based on your experiences. Thanks
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Old 02-09-2014, 04:49 PM   #2
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From what I've read they are extremely difficult to keep. Do you have a refugium or something to grow pods? I thought about getting one and decided not to because of the amount of work just to keep up with him.
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:18 PM   #3
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It's a bit small for a manderin. I would want to make ABSOLUTELY certain that it is eating frozen food or you can pretty much wave good bye to it. You COULD start a copepod culture though. They aren't terribly difficult to do and would allow you to easily keep a mandarin.
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:23 PM   #4
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Not to down the idea but a tank with just a mandarin would be quite boring. My friend has one in a 29 that eats frozen and I never see it when I go over.
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Yeah, they do hide a lot. If you do see them they are really cool fish though.
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Yeah, they do hide a lot. If you do see them they are really cool fish though.
Yes I completely agree but why not add like a pair of clowns so there will be movement or you could just do the mandarin and search for him lol
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Exactly. Clowns are great, they are easy and active and there is plenty of variety.
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Manderin in 30 gallon.

Sorry guys. I forget to tell you all, I already have a 120 with a mated pair of clowns, a red spotted hawk fish, a blue regal tang, a royal gramma an engineer goby and an algae blenny. I also have an empty 55 but I want to convert my 29 fresh into a bedroom salt tank.

Hence, the maderin idea.
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It's an amazing looking fish. You just can't see it a lot,
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I have a female in my 29 gallon biocube and she's just fine, but I added pods for months before I got one . I do agree on the having somthing else because they do hide a lot!
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