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Old 01-11-2011, 02:33 PM   #1
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I was thinking about adding a mandarin fish for my 75 gallon tank

My tank has been up for almost 10 months. Right now I have coral beauty, maroon clown(not aggressive.Been in my tank for 6 months), pink spotted goby, yellow tail damsel, coral banded shrimp and a mexican turbo snail. I have a 105 pounds of live rock in my 75 gallon tank. I was wondering if I would be ok to add a mandarin fish to my aquarium. thank you
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From what I've heard they can be tricky,try to get one which you have witnessed eating prepared foods.
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what david said was true, but thats quite a bit of LR. you running a sump or a fuge?
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:10 PM   #4
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Believe me it does not look like a 105 pounds. It was all base rock when I got it. I am not sure if I have any copepods in my tank. How could I check and see if they are in my tank. I have a marineland c 360 canister filter. I also have a green hair algae problem which I am trying to resolve. Thanks for your replys.
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I also have 60 pounds of live sand in my tank.
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you will probably be fine keeping a mandarin. just don't add any fish that eat pods besides the dragonet.
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From what I've heard they can be tricky,try to get one which you have witnessed eating prepared foods.
I agree, although sometimes this does not always work either. Madarins and blennys will eventually devour their entire stock, copepods need the sanctary of a refugium IMO.
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If you used alot of base rock, I would buy some live pods and introduce them to your tank and give them some time to populate. Also just to be on the safe side I would try to get a mandarin that is also eating prepared foods as a back up.
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Thats what I was thinking

Buy some copepods firsta and let them populate in my tank before purchasing the mandarin. Thanks for all of your posts.
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Yeah seed your tank with copepods and make sure you get a mandarin that east prepped food, it' difficult to see pods so you will never know if you have enough food for him :/
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