Originally Posted by huma-huma
The problem with Mandarins isnt so much with overall body size (they only reach a few inches) its more with having a sizeable tank to support a proper copepod population. if you dont have some form of refugium in the works, you may wanna look into ordering a few bottles of live copepods. you are gonna have to probably squirt a bit in every few days to help keep the lil guy alive. try to wait as long as possible before adding him.
I was going to wait like a yr because i was reading somewhere that it cud take up to a year for a tank to fully mature. Now my son was home on a weekend pass so we went a head to finakky set this up after so many set backs n as we were filling it the tank started leaking :-( the place i got it from wont take it back bc its been over 2 weeks since i purchased it( the guy was so rude even to my son bc after he told me i cudnt replace it my son said but please my mommy had so much going on the guy looked at him n said i think its time ur mommy teaches u want a return policy means. Needless to say we will nvr go their again n im reporting him to his boss). Ugh. So went to my other ifs thats 2 hrs from my house n they are gunna take the leaky one and give me 250 off of a 28g nano cube with skimmer n light upgrade as thats wat i had in the 29. So hopfully some time this week it will come in n i can get it going for him. This ifs is also going to give us filter media from their sw
tank in hopes to instantly cycle the tank. My boy has decided his stock to be 1 o orange clown n 1 blk n white o clown, a goby (undecided on kind yet any suggestions welcome) he wants a flame angel but they need 70g :-( at petsmart we saw i believe it was called a chocolate chip star fish max size 5 inches would this go in our tank? Id love a star fish but from what ive read some can be a fair bit nasty. Ill have research more. But your guys thoughts are always top of my decision making. I always like hearing personal experince wen doing sum thing.