Originally Posted by Sniperhank
Those guys would get along. How big is the tank? Keeping a large enough supply of pods
is a struggle. I kept at it every 2 months adding more and don't think it was enough. He was always fat so I didn't worry. Just this week I caught him eating small mysis. Unexpected behavior I wasn't training for and is HIGHLY unlikely to ever happen if being trained with a feeding station. For any dragonette you'll want to prepare your tank for some time, culturing pods
and having a lush Refugium for them to breed in.
I did a flashlight test, after the lights had been off a couple of hours & I saw lots of bugs! Probably Amphipods. So, where does that leave me on having a Mandarin? I do not mind regularly supplementing his diet. Money is not an object although I enjoy being thrifty & don't like spending more than I have to on equipment, feeding a neat fish is not a prob.
Originally Posted by mr_X
I do not suggest you get a mandarin. I don't think you can support one for very long. They eat a tremendous amount of pods
and I would not suggest one for a smaller tank, and especially one that's as young as yours. It will slowly starve to death.
It's a 75 gal
. I moved it, so does that make it "young?" I'm the 3rd owner, so I'm guessing 6/7-10 years old. The previous owner even said to me, when you see bugs, don't worry about them, they're good. At the time, IDK what he was referring to but I knew it was an Eco-system so naturally I woulda just asked you guys what they were & not panicked.
Also, although I ask these questions, I also research them. I like to get my answers from multiple sources. I would not let a fish starve. What amount of Copepods are we talking?