10-11-2006, 11:01 PM
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Following a question you posted earlier in regards to what ype of fish to keep in your new tank I'd like you to understand where I am coming from in my response about the mandarins. (note: This response followed an earlier thread that was moved due to being off topic.)
You are not even close to being ready for a mandarin fish and I scold Blue for putting that flaming image in your head. It'll never leave until you own one. they are God's cruel joke on us reefers. They have VERY specific feeding needs. The absolute best strategy for keeping one alive is to have a year old or older mature 100g tank. These fish are specialized feeders and only eat pods (microfauna) in the tank. They can easily wipe out a population and starve to death before accepting another food item. Experienced reefers have been known to be able to keep them in a smaller tank but it is difficult and I do not advocate it.
by Gobie I meant,
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