Mandarins

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  1. Jacojs

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    Hi everyone.

    Just curios, what is the smallest size tank one needs to have to keep a mandarin, can one keep 2 Mandarins in a tank and if yes what size tank would it have to be.

    I know that the size of the tank is not the deciding factor but rather a sustainable pod population.

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    if male and female yes u can keep 2.

    I have seen a mandarin in a 30L nano BUT that fish was EATING FROZEN FOOD.
     
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    Size is not as important as available food. a 1000l tank with few pods and lots of wrasses etc eating pods will have less capability to feed a manderin as a 100 litre tank with only the manderin in it and lots of LR and pods. So I'm saying that the total amount of pod predators would be the deciding factor - also - Mature systems also seem to have more pods than new systems.
     
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    If I may ask a question here: How about just buying the brime shrimp eggs that the LFS sells and hatch them for the mandarins?
     
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    Are you prepared to do this over the next 15 years every day or 2?
     
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    So most people rely on pods? Or should I say, I need to always check that there are enough pods coming from the refugium to supply the mandarins?
     
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    Depends? - Is your refuge up or downstream?
     
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    As I understand less pods make it upstream alive than downstream would right? Maybe I am thinking the wrong way here but how would a refugium be set up above the DT level and gravity feed(downstream) into the DT. This is if I interpret your up and downstream correctly.

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    The best way to set up a refugium is either to set up a small tank above your main tank. This tank is feed with some water from the return pump and then overflows into the main tank. This way no pods are killed by the return pump.

    Another way to set it up below your tank is to use an air uplift pump to pump water from the refugium into your main tank.
     
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    Does it have to be a glass tank (the refugium) or can a black plastic container with a lid and lights do the same thing? This is for above DT by the way.

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    My refugium is in my sump below the DT and will remain that way. If I ever get mandarins I will need to work out a way to feed them. Need to do some investigation on the net.
     
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    Feeding: As noted above, feeding can be a major issue with Mandarins. Some will take foods such as frozen brine shrimp and bloodworms. Others will refuse to take anything but live foods. Mandarins are extremely slow and hover, much like a hummingbird using their front fins while looking for food. Even Mandarins that take prepared foods have a hard time competing with faster fish for the morsels. One suggestion I have heard that makes good sense, especially in smaller tanks that don't support a large pod population is to build something called a 'pod pile'. This is a few small rocks stacked into a pile into which small pieces of shrimp or similar food can be inserted every couple of days. This pile of rocks provides shelter and a food supply for the pods which allows them to rapidly breed and provide food for the Mandarin.

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    If possible, select a specimen that is eating fozen food.
     
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    Thanks that is such a great idea. I'm going to try that will brine shrimp. I'm sure a few will float out the bottle but worth a try.
     
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    how did it turn out??? @colbar
     
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