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Old 06-06-2013, 04:18 PM   #1
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Can anyone sex my mandarin?

As title says iv been looking at a spotted mandarin thats a male for a while in my LFS i just dont want 2 males in the same tank can anyone tell from these pics if my striped is male or female?
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:56 PM   #2
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Looks female, males have a long spike on their dorsal fin.
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Agreed. Def a female since the elongated dorsal is not present.
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Thanks people will it be okay to put a spotted mandarin ik tgere with her ?
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How big is your tank, and how much live rock do you have? Two mandarins will need a lot to eat.
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:59 AM   #7
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I believe you cannot mix them, they will fight whether they are male or female. Best to go with the same type of mandarin to avoid conflict. Are you after a pair to mate? In my opinion you would need at least a 55g or larger with at least 1pound per gallon of live rock, preferably at least a year old to keep 2 in the same tank...
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You can't mix mandarins, even if they were opposite sex. They would fight until only one was left and it might even cost you both fish. Even if they would get along, the amount of pods consumed would be huge. Bectan stated a 55 maybe...but in reality I have one in my 55 and wouldn't add another one since I have to restock the pod population every couple of months. 2 in a 55 would need monthly, if not more, pod additions and it would be extremely expensive.
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