12-07-2007, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by SKAustin
Mandarins are not an expensive fish. generally average about $40. They do however require a well established tank as in most cases, they do not take prepared foods too readily. They generally feed off of copepods and amphipods in the system. Without these, the fish will likely starve to death in short time. Another consideration is, a smaller system is generally a bad starting point for a reef keeper. there is little room for error, and problems progress quickly in a small system. Thats not to say that with the proper preperation and adhereance to a strict maintenance schedule, that it cannot be done. I would recommend the clowns to start for your system as they are a bit easier to keep for the beginner. And do LOTS of research before you make your first purchase. It'll pay off in the end. And yes, you really should have a skimmer.
Awesome thank you. Yeah, trust I've heard to many bad stories about saltwater tanks. I'm going to go out and buy a few books and do a lot of serious research before I spend any money. And I would feel so bad if I started up a saltwater tank and killed everything(But my wallet would feel the most pain). So would you recommend starting off with a larger tank? Is there such thing as like a 50+ gallon nano cube? Thanks again!