Originally Posted by coralbandit
Did you ever do your mandarin tank?
I'll try to be brief but they are not as hard as everyone says or I (and Paul B ) are very lucky.
I have had pairs spawn since back in the 1980s and ATM have 2 in my highly neglected 75g and one my pretty neglected 120.
I run sumps with calurpae with no real attention to the mandarin.
Have always s had atleast 1 and most if not all last 4-8 years for me.
Was going to reply to that thread but NOW is your opportunity.
I will add that NONE of mine were ever captive bred or raised.
Maybe very lucky?
On the side 3/4 is enough for cold tank?
I read 1 inch.
I did have a mandarin once. I somehow managed to buy the most shy and boring mandarin ever (even my husband commented on his lack of personality!) They sure are pretty fish though! I have a sailfin sculpin in each of my coldwater tanks that have huge personalities though, so it's hard for most other fish to live up to their standards.
Depending on your location (average temp and humidity) 3/4" thick acrylic can definitely work on a cold tank. My two cold tanks right now are kept at 53-55 degrees. One is 1" thick acrylic, the other is a dual-paned insulated glass lobster tank (that is getting replaced by another 1" thick acrylic tank). The California biotope would have been kept at 61-63 degrees, so 3/4" acrylic would have been fine. I live on the Oregon coast, so we usually have pretty moderate temperatures all but a few days a year.