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Old 08-05-2008, 10:35 AM   #11
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I agree, those fish can deplete their natural diet in such a small tank and quickly starve. They need a larger, well established tank with a huge pod population. I would look into taking him back and upgrading to a larger tank. Let the larger tank become mature and then buy another one.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I would hate to see you post in the sick fish section asking, "why is my fish getting thin?".
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Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Green Mandarin

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As you can tell they are very difficult and esp. in a 10 gallon tank
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Not sure if it has been mentioned, but there looks to be a condylactis in your first pic? If so, fluttery fish and sticky tentacles don't mix well. You will have to be careful in how you stock with a condy in there.
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The rock he is by in the pic is not live rock, it is holy rock. maybe one day it will "live", but not now. There are quite a few pods in the algae, but I'm not sure how well they are reproducing. He (she?) also likes brine shrimp, but I'm told they are not a complete food for him. I'll try to remember to take a full shot of the aquarium to give a better overview of the layout. I'm new to this and appreciate all advise. I do know if I can only have one fish, it would be him.
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What is the time estimate for a tank to mature? Seems to be different opinions, so would like to know what has worked for y'all.
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I usually let a tank "mature" or "stabilize" a month after a cycle and sometimes 2-3 months before adding any fish/coral depending on my expected outcome.
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When I finished the cycle I did a 33% PWC and waited a month or two for the tank to stabilize.
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MOST mandarins do not survive in a tank that is smaller than 100 gallons with 1Ĺ of LR per gallon (150 pounds). Even with a pod pile you will not be able to produce enough food for this fish. If it does eat frozen food, it still needs at least a 30 gallon tank to roam.

A mature tank for a mandarin is one that is about 7-8 months or longer after the cycle has ended and has enough LR to allow the pod population to grow (no other competitors).
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Just reporting back in on the mandarin. He decided that he Realy likes the vitaminized brine shrimp. He is growing and plump. Can't wait till I get him into the 55g. Should be ready for him by the end of next month.
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You are very lucky that your`s eat`s prepared food. Most can not overcome eating only pods and end up starving to death. You might want to try frozen mysis and see if he`ll eat that. The sooner you can get him in that 55 the better.
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