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Old 03-07-2004, 06:54 PM   #1
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Tank w/ Mandarin Goby?

Well, I stocked my tank today......3 Damsels....2 percula clowns....and 1 Mandarin Goby...

First I have a 29 g tank, with awesome water movement and filtration, a DSB, and about 38-40 # of live rock.

are these fish good? Right now they are on a diet of Marine Agae, and Brine shrimp...is that good?

All information is greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-07-2004, 07:54 PM   #2
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Mandarin Gobies are not recommended for tanks with less than 100 lbs of mature LR that has been in a tank free of micro prdators. They are cool fish, but most will not take to prepared foods and require a diet of micro fauna like copopods and amphipods.

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Brine shrimp has very little nutrition and the algae probably holds little interest for your fish. I would suggest something along the lines of prime reef, mysis shrimp, high quality marine flake with a good supplament high in [acronym="Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acid"]HUFA[/acronym].
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So should I return the Mandarin Goby to the LFS? They really didn't seem like it would be any problem...hmm....everyone is always just trying to make a buck...
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Yes, I would return it, or find someone with a tank that can maintain it. Finding someone with an appropriate tank is probably the best option for the fish, since your LFS is just out to sell the fish to whom ever has the cash.
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They really didn't seem like it would be any problem...hmm....everyone is always just trying to make a buck...
That's a shame.
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Well....since I have to give up the coolest fish of them all , what would be a good replacement for him, they have a beautiful valentini puffer...would he work?
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I think 5 fish is more than enough for a 29g tank. In SW less is more
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lol, ok sounds like a plan...I KNEW I should've gotten the 90 gallon tank when I had the chance!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm thinking I might need to make a tank upgrade....already =O!!!!!!
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Yes the mandarin is no good unless you have pods, for them. Reefrunner gave great advice, and im glad your listening to us rather than your LFS.
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Yup RR is correct....as always!!

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