02-21-2009, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie
Aren't Mandarins considered one of the more difficult species to keep??
Very much so. There are many reasons why you should have it in the such a small tank and i only gave the obvious, but since you asked...
Mandarins require a food called copepods. They really don't eat anything else. The only way to ensure they have enough to eat is by either getting live copepods from a vendor and dosing the tank periodically, which will get very expensive over a short period of time, or to have at very minimun 75lbs of LR per mandarin. Some even suggest you use 200lbs for each mandarin, but that's a bit high IMHO.
Yes, your bio-load is high enough with just the 2 clowns you have now and i don't suggest you put any more fish in there, but also you need to research before you purchase. I'm very glad you didn't buy it and then ask... good job NemoFan!