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Old 10-13-2012, 10:54 AM   #11
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I would not recommend one. They are just about one of the most beautiful fish, but very difficult to keep up with. Expensive to maintain. In the wild they eat a copepod every 3-4 seconds. And they are constantly active. You would have to have a refugium, and breed copepods in order to make it a logical fish selection. If I were you, get a nice picture of a mandarin, hang it on your wall, and just admire it from there! Lol
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:20 AM   #12
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I have had my green mandarin for 2 months now. Everytime reefs2go has a BOGO offer for 1k pods I get it. Constantly restocking my pod supply, but my mandarin is doing great. I'm running a 55 reef, but my mandarin is on the smaller side which has probably aided me in keeping it fed/alive.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:24 AM   #13
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I agree stay clear of the mandarin for a while mine was good for 8 months.. then I moved, pod population crashed, and he starved to death.. they can be trained but you shouldnt rely on that as mine was but with a healthy population of pods he stopped excepting frozen and never went back.
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