06-13-2010, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Pasfur
Honestly, when it comes to keeping Mandarins in small aquariums, it has been tried literally thousands of times. Even with a refugium the odds of success are virtually zero. Most people drastically underestimate the size of copepod population needed to sustain a Mandarin. Unfortunately a 29 gallon tank just doesn't have the space to accomplish this. Trust me, this is one of my favorite fish, but there is no reason to unnecessarily sacrifice a fish in the name of learning an outcome already well documented.
i just want to expand alittle on what "success" is.
you may have the fish for a month, two heck even 6 but think of the fish's life span in the wild.. unless prayed on by a larger fish, they can live for years. ive heard of many fish keepers having clowns 10+ years so on terms of success, long term is what success means.
i personally dont think a 29 is enough for a mandarin even after it has been established for about a year because the mandarins are just to good at pod hunting and will have your population gone in a few days. adding tiger pods can get very expensive fast so my best advice to you would be to skip the mandarin and go with a different fish.