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Old 12-10-2013, 07:01 PM   #11
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What about a flame angel and royal gramma's
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:05 PM   #12
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You can buy pods to add to your tank. May be worth buying some to build population and if you get a mandarin can never hurt to buy some every few weeks to throw in to keep population up if you are concerned all those fish should be fine although flame is not 100 percent reef safe if you are planning a reef
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:48 PM   #13
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Also keep in mind that some other fish will also eat the pods. My mandarin ate the entire population of pods i had in my tank in less than a month. If you MUST buy one I would strongly suggest paying the xtra money and getting an ORA one. They cost about $50 but supposedly they eat pellets. Mine didnt but did learn to eat frozen food after a month and now even eats pellets. BUT if it hadnt switched to frozen food mine would have starved without any doubt in my mind. I put ALOT and I mean alot of effort getting her to eat frozen, I had over 12 different kinds of frozen food and fed several times a day with a turkey baster and the flow turned off. They are extremely delicate eaters and can easily have their food eaten by other fish cause they are so slow to eat.

If I had it to do again i might not have tried the mandarin. Too much of a risk in my opinion.

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Old 12-10-2013, 08:27 PM   #14
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Beautiful fish! How hard is it to train then to eat other food sources? An I know That the flame isn't 100 percent reef safe. But some places I read that some are bad on the reef and some arnt so bad how much damage could he inflict are the brutal on the reef or just from time to time pick at it?
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:28 PM   #15
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Beautiful fish! How hard is it to train then to eat other food sources? An I know That the flame isn't 100 percent reef safe. But some places I read that some are bad on the reef and some arnt so bad how much damage could he inflict are the brutal on the reef or just from time to time pick at it?
It depends on the fish. Some flames are model citizens, some aren't. They like large polyp stony corals to munch on.
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Are those the corals that look like a bush almost?
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:13 PM   #17
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You can buy pods to add to your tank. May be worth buying some to build population and if you get a mandarin can never hurt to buy some every few weeks to throw in to keep population up if you are concerned all those fish should be fine although flame is not 100 percent reef safe if you are planning a reef
If you're willing to put in the effort to grow a phytoplankton and a pod culture then it's much easier to keep them. I wouldn't even think about relying on buying pods to add to the tank in order to keep them well fed.
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Are those the corals that look like a bush almost?
They come in all different forms like hammer corals, acans, Duncan's, trumpet coral, brain corals, etc
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So soft corals should be ok
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ive had a mandarin for about 2 years now..... if your getting one small, from my experience im afraid the only thing you could really get them to eat are pods which you can grow yourself.... really easy to do by the way.

if your getting a larger one, you may be lucky enough (like me) that will eat other food sources.

I've pretty much got no pods left, the mandarin destroys them in a matter of days when I add them in. all I do is just feed it brine with vitamin solution and all is well.

never really had any trouble with it at the moment
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