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Old 11-26-2011, 11:58 PM   #1
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Mandarin getting eaten? Or not?

My tank info is in my sig. and I want a mandarin. Pods are not an issue. Would it get eaten? Ive heard they are usually ignored, but dont want to kill one. THANKS!!!!!
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:31 AM   #2
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Well, the grouper may pose the biggest problem. I believe they go along lionfish rules of whatever fits gets eaten. The trigger may harass and nip the thing to death. If the mandarin was the first fish, I'd say no problem except the grouper.
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:35 AM   #3
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If I added the mandarin lights out do you think I would be ok? I rewally want one of these as they are my favorite fish. I would order it large from LA. It says it comes 2.5-4". My trigs 4, bird wrasse7, grouper 7, batfish 10 in tall, and yellow tang 5 in. I know what I may be able to do. If I give the fish feeder goldfish (I have only done this twice) they GORGE themselves until they cant move. If I added the mandarin right after that, do you think that would work? Also, do you think I could add the mandarin without QTing because he needs pods?
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Personally I think a mandarin isn't a good idea considering your stock. They are very delicate fish and quite small in comparison to what you have already. I doubt you will get a 4" mandarin so consider what would happen if you get a 2" one....
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:04 AM   #5
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If I did get it is there anything I could do to raise his chances of NOT getting eaten?
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:08 AM   #6
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The only reason Im considering it is because LA has them relatively big and almost every article about them says no fish ever pay attention to them............. If I did the feeder fish thing (SOOOO FUN TO WATCH LOL) could I possibly do it? That would ensure he got the the bottom of the tank/rocks and found a hiding place. Do you have to QT them? I dont know how he would get pods in the QT tank.
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I think it's just the nature of the tank you decided to have. :-( I wouldnt trust the grouper or the trigger. I've seen my friends trigger eat fish larger than my mandarin. Granted I have a small mandarin but theres no guarantee how big the one you want will be. Unless you pick one up locally that is quite large, my LFS had a few mandarins that were about 3-4". But I still would worry.

Not what you wanted to hear I know, but it's kinda how it is. Have you considered making a "happy" tank for non aggressive fish?
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I didn't qt mine because of the pod issue. My yellow watchman constantly lunges at my mandarin, he hasnt done anything damaging and the mandarin doesnt pay him any attention but it still happens. They are also slow methodical fish, mine just flutters along pecking at rocks. It wasnt even that hard to catch mine so I';m guessing if your fish wanted to catch one it wouldnt have any problems doing so.
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I cant make a new tank because Im on 13 and already have 2 other tanks and my parents wont let me. Here a link to a vid which I would want to achieve. Kind of the mandarin/aggressive tank.
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Do you think it COULD work?
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