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Old 09-09-2013, 04:44 PM   #1
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Do i need a refugium?

So the reason i started this is because yesterday i got a green mandarin goby without knowing how much care they required and the person at the fish store told me i could feed it brine shrimp but i fed it and it isnt eating anything at all so I did some more research and found they need codepods to survive,I have a 37g saltwater tank with 30lbs of live rock, 20lbs of live sand and is stocked with:

-2 tomato clowns
-1 lemon peel angel
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I have a canister filter and my lights are coral life 10,000k T5s if that helps at all!

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Old 09-09-2013, 05:13 PM   #2
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if you have a sump throw some cheato and a light down there and that should help populate with pods...
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:53 PM   #3
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It's very likely that this fish will starve if you don't have a good source of live copepods. Most people have a refugium just so they can breed pods but it's no guarantee that you will be able to produce enough pods to sustain a mandarin. You can possibly feed it live baby brine shrimp but that's a large pain. Even if you do set up a refugium it will take quite a while to seed it with a decent pod population. You could also take a look at how to train them to eat frozen food.

I would honestly suggest taking it back to the store and buying a different fish and in the future ask to see them feed a fish such as that before going out and buying one.
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I agree. A refugium won't cut it. Your tank is too small, too young, and not enough rock to sustain a mandarin. Return it for credit.
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Yeah i know we gave it to the lfs and made a trade thanks anyway guys!
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I'm glad you did It's always great to see people put the health of the fish above their own personal preference.
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I'm glad you did It's always great to see people put the health of the fish above their own personal preference.
Yeah we got this type of puffer i forget the name but my dad knows.
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I would be wary of a puffer with cabs and shrimp dependant on the type. I had valentini which was fine but a lot aren't
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I would be wary of a puffer with cabs and shrimp dependant on the type. I had valentini which was fine but a lot aren't
Yeah its a valentini i will have some pics in an hour or so thanks tho
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Just make sure you feed the valentini well and should be no issues from my experience
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