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Old 11-22-2011, 01:11 PM   #1
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Mandarin in 150 gallon tank

Do you think I would need a refugium to keep a mandarin? I have 150 pounds of key largo base rock and about 40 pounds of live rock. My base rock is turning live nicely. So my question is would I need a refugium to replenish the pods? Or with the porous rock I have it would ok to have one without a refugium?
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:24 PM   #2
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Kinda depends on your pod population. You have the bare minimum as far as rock in my opinion. How long have you been setup for?
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How old is the
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I'd add a mandarin after 12 months to that setup. Check your prefilters. If you see a substantial number on them, you've likely got 40x that much in the tank on the rocks. Just my guess, but the age of the tank and rock is key.
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Old 11-22-2011, 02:23 PM   #5
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It's only been 4 months so I have a ways to go. What I am mainly asking is should my tank be able to maintain the pods without having to dose? Or have a refugium?
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:08 AM   #6
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A good solution if you wanted to make a quick refuigium is get a aqua clear 30 or 40+ and make it into a refugium, just get greens a small led or book light and your set. it'll run you about 40.00
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Another way to keep a mandarin is if you see one at the lfs, make them throw food in and see what it will eat. I got ane about 2 months after my 125g got going and it eats everything I throw in, the lfs trained him to eat prepared food. But, with 190 lbs of rock and how fast pods multiply, I would wait another 2 months and then give it a shot. Assuming you don't have any other pod loving livestock.
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yes. you can keep a mandarin in your tank without a refugium.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:42 AM   #9
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I only have flame angel, coral beauty, 3 chromis, snowflake clown and a black and white clown. Just ordered a mated pair of helfrichi firefish. Only plan on getting a flame hawk and a yellow fish. Like a tang or lemon peel angel or gold assessor basslet.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:43 AM   #10
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Also plan on ordering 2000 pods to help start it off nicely.
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