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Old 07-29-2003, 09:20 PM   #1
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mandarin / psychedelic fish

I have a 35g tank and am trying to figure out what fish i want to put into it. Could u guys tell me a bit about the mandarin / psychedelic fish? They look oh so cool =)

would they be ok for a 35g tank?

how big do they get?

what do they eat?

aggressive? dossile? active swimmers?

thx so much guys!
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Old 07-29-2003, 09:34 PM   #2
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I would advise against a mandarin or psychedelic mandarin. They need lots of space to hunt copepods and such and rarely eat non-live food. They are absolutely magnificent animals, but they'd be really unhappy in your 35g. They are recommended in no less than 100gal.

They get to be about 4" i think. they eat mostly live worms, copepods, and live brine. They sometimes eat frozen food, but don't count on it. They are the most non-aggressive, loveable, active fish I have ever seen. Notice my avatar. My system is 55 gal, but I have tons of fauna and pods and such, and mine luckily does take frozen. I'm upgrading to 120 gallons though. I don't want to take the chance of a 20 year life span narrowed to 1 year, ya know?

So, in short, my advice is the followingf:
Get a bigger tank, then get a mandarin.
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100% agree with kidafius.

make sure the tank is not only larger but also has plenty of well established live rock.

For other cool fish tey the yellow goby
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cool thx guys... guess i better look for a different fish hehe. ill check out the yellow goby =)
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