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Old 05-07-2017, 12:35 PM   #11
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That's what I was looking into. I have a 5g tank I was planning on using just for that and putting it under the 125g on the stand
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mandarins do better in a tank 6/12 months mature the longer the better
they can eat 2500/4000 pods in a day sometimes more , mandarins are a fragile fish don't do well with parameter swings , it is always a better choice to find a trained mandarin that also eats pellets and frozen , this will improve your odds but it is not a guarantee .
I kept a pair of mandarins almost 4 years but I also did farm pods/mysis/brine
the system basically ran itself but boy let me tell you it was one big smelly process .
I will not do that again the stink was over bearing .


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Old 05-07-2017, 05:58 PM   #13
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Thank you. I bookmarked that link. The mandarins are probably gonna be one of my last additions. I want to get my female flasher pretty soon and my anemone.
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I also still have more live rock to get first as well.
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Thank you. I bookmarked that link. The mandarins are probably gonna be one of my last additions. I want to get my female flasher pretty soon and my anemone.
wanting a mandarin than wanting a wrasse which will consume pod populations faster than they can reproduce, a wrasse will out compete the mandarin in eating pods , mandarins are slow mellow fish wrasses are fast semi aggressive fish ,

keeping fish that will eat the mandarins food source will lead your mandarin to starve , a mandarin can starve in 24/48 hours as they are constantly eating as they basically have no stomach , this is why many never have success keeping mandarins in captivity.

something I suggest is to research what fish consume lots of pods and what fish don't this can help curve the fight to maintain a good population , also consider rubble rock piles on either end of the tank giving pods a place to hid and reproduce,

I had a pair that did great for 4 years but I was also adding pods daily to the tank along with brine shrimp and mysiss shrimp . breeding was fairly easy and basically managed itself. now the stench coming from that breeding tank was really unbearable , if you ever raised crickets think of that stench but 10 times worse, buying pods can cost you from 50 to 100 buck month depending where you get them from .

this is why many will tell you this is one fish to leave out in the ocean. yes they are beautiful fish the coloring is one of a kind unfortunately they are very delicate the slightest parameter swings along with competing for food is there biggest challenges ,

I had success once but I don't want to risk another as the success rate is about 1 in every 100 , one thing I can not deny the two mandarins I had were very social and friendly when anyone walked over to the tank the male would always wave and wink and the female would brush up against the glass ,

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Yeah I've been researching a lot on everything I want to keep and that's how I came up with the list of fish that I want. Minus the starfish.
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I always like hearing research is being done , best way to get everything done right with no issues.
I'm always reading up on things never can know enough . but at the same time it helps me refresh as my memory isn't the best .
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Lol, I hear ya there. I've read up on all my today and Coral picks over and over, memory. 😉
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I love my McCoskers Flasher and was just reading up on them and they are peaceful and the most peaceful and smallest of the Wrasses. I talked to the owner of my LFS who's been keeping mandarins for 20 years and he said the McCoskers and the Mandys are great tank mates and will guide me through the whole thing to be successful with it. Since I've started he's turned out to be a really good resource and has been guiding me the whole way with this adventure. He's giving me timelines with my list of creatures and will not sell to me until he knows me and/or the tank are ready for what I want.
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Rest assured I'm not going into any of this blind
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