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Old 02-09-2015, 09:38 PM   #1
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Green Mandarin? Fish recommendations?

I have a 29gal biocube that I got about 3 months ago. It has

Lots of rock
Watchman goby
Fire shrimp
Firefish goby
Hawk fish
Torch coral
Snails and crabs

I know this type of fish can be hard to feed, but I'm wondering if they're worth it? And could they do good in my tank? If not, does anyone recommend any other colorful fish that would add life to the tank? Thanks!


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Old 02-09-2015, 10:19 PM   #2
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I was able to keep a mandarin alive in my 55 reef for over a year. It took monthly additions of thousands of pods on top of it eating frozen foods. They are quite hard to keep and expensive. The smaller the tank, the harder to keep fed.
If you want something colorful, I'd look elsewhere. Look at the nano section of liveaquaria to see if anything catches your eye.
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Skip it. Unless you have a giant fuge or are propagating pods in a dedicated tank.

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read this article will help you better understand mandarins needs

...I'd like to buy a Mandarin! | Melev's Reef
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Not saying it can't be done, but it will probably waste away within 3 months in your set up. Massive undisturbed live rock pile to keep reproduction going of their food source is needed for one mandarin.

You can try and find a tank raised Manadarin and pay the premium but it still requires a LOT of work to ween it and KEEP it on prepared foods.
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I'm in agreement with the above. Skip it in a 29. I'm going to wait a year or so before I get a pair of them for my 300.
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Skip it til u have at least one yr old tank, a sump that the pods can grow, and when the pods populate themselves all over.

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Loved my Mandarin but food was costly and he only last 1.5 years. Just got a citron goby and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite fish. Always swimming around trying to find another place to chill or food to eat

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I had scooter benney and mandarin at one pt in my 55g tank ,(not at the same time). They both lasted little over 4months.

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Mandarins are a heart breaking fish and here's why. They are remarkably beautiful and sophisticated in appearance. They are affordable. They are small and charming. But they like to eat pods...and that's the problem friend. Every time I see one, I am reminded of my own learning curve 10 years ago and pass.

Coolest home "tank" I've ever seen one in that was most appropriate for his needs was a baby pool sump with hundreds of pounds of developed live rock. He was fat, happy, and well taken care of by doing little more than looking at him in the baby pool sump. They watch you watch them which is soooo cool.

If I could pick one fish that would be undiscovered in the hobby and left out of the LFS offerings, this would be it. I'd take a moorish idol or a parrot fish with vacation blocks before I'd take home a Manadarin.
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