05-15-2009, 11:41 AM
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I'd use one to be on the safe side. The reasoning behind this is because a lot of mandarins aren't quick to eat prepared food. Some do some don't, it's a hit and miss and more then not, you'll miss. The refugium will have a stock of copepods and when they have babies, they will go into the water colum and push them into the display. Given your amount of LR you would have an issue with keeping one alive or healthy. The rule of thumb is 120lbs to 1 mandarin and some say 200lbs to 1 mandarin, but other have had success with less.
how long has your tank been up? If it's less the 9mo then Don't get one yet please. You need to have a good brood stock going in the tank before you put one in there. Also, if you have any wrasse in the tank, the odds are, they are eating the copepods and you don't have any to support your mandarin.
You can try fish food by using a "mandarin Diner" , that's a more sure way of getting food to a docile fish like them, but you have to do some studying first.