I would rather spend the extra money and wait if I have to if it means it will survive or have a much better chance at survival.
Ive wanted one of these since i was in college and had my first SW
tank!! So here is my plan. Please feel free to advise otherwise as I REALLY want to get this right!
*Get more live rock and QT
*Finish establishing 20 gallon reef tank and get MR. grumpy out-the coral banded shrimp
* purchase some additional copepods...ALOT of them and start establishing a nice colony of those.
* start looking for mandarin once copepod population takes off well.
What else do I need to do? Can the copepods hurt corals if I decide to put a few in? How many do the Mandarin eat a day? Also, male or female or does it matter? If I get a larger tank later, which would need to be added first? Besides starvation, what are the main causes of death (parasites...fungal infections...etc)?
I know I have a lot of questions. I just like to know everything I can before I buy something.