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Old 05-22-2003, 11:35 AM   #1
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Manderine Goby & Spikey Puffers

I have two questions which i thought i would ask at once.

First: Do manderine goby's really need live rock to live? And if so how much do they need?

Second: Would a spikey puffer live with a koran angel, pakistani bufferfly, clowns, damsels, and shrimps?

Any help is appreciated.

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Old 05-22-2003, 11:56 AM   #2
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Don't know about the Spikey Puffer, but the Mandarin Goby needs LR to hide and an abundance of Fauna to live...It feeds on the copepods and other critters that we want to keep. So, if your tank is not well conditioned and void of these critters, I would not recommend getting one...
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IMHO a mandarin requires a tank with a minimum of 75 lbs of live rock. The LR must also be mature LR, not newly(8 mos. or newer) added base rock. The reason for this is that mandarin's will not eat prepared foods. Their diet in a tank consists of copepods which require an established tank with LR. My minimum recommendation of 75lbs, is my estimate of the amount of LR you need to sustain a viable copepod population. Any less and the mandarin will wipe out the copepod population and then slowly die IMHO.

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Old 05-22-2003, 01:02 PM   #4
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They also need a DSB as they will feed from it also.
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DSB is already there.
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I should have been more specific. They need a DSB that is at least a year old and has a very well established pod and worm population. Along with the well matured LR. Quite often, as Brian H said, these fish starve to death in reef tanks. They are very picky eaters.
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Would a spikey puffer live with a koran angel,
What size is your tank? Korans can get upwards of ten inches.
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The reason for this is that mandarin's will not eat prepared foods
My mandarin eats frozen foods, mostly brine shrimp. That's what the LFS weened it on. A benefit to buy your fish from your LFS. The same situation with my Fuzzy lion. It eats anything I feed it mostly frozen but it also will eat flakes.
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The tank is 150 gallons so 10 inches shouldn't be a problem. In fact that would be wonderful. Skip does your tank have LR and the mandarin still eats prepared food or do you have no live rock for it to live off?

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I have about 50lbs of live rock and it still eats prepared foods.
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