Pairing a Mandarin....

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  1. gMAN

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    My first mandarin was acquired when my tank was about 3months old, bad advice from a certain lfs and sadly it lasted just over a month. I now have a male for close to a year, spends it's days hunting pods but also eats flakes, pellets, brine & mysis. I have been thinking of getting a female but wondering if it would be a problem or not? are they difficult to pair?
     
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    in my experience not really, they seem to take well to the opposite sex being introduced at any stage.. just be sure you are infact introducing a female and not a male with a dismembered fin :)

    i have seen that done a few times and its sports to get the second male out :)
     
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    Their mating dance is really cool to watch, if you're confident your tank has enough pod life to support 2 and there are no other competitors in the tank for copepods then go for it. Just make absolutely sure what sex yours is and also make 100% sure of the sex of the one you are buying to pair it up with, otherwise they will fight to the death if it's male/male or female/female, I once watched it happen in an LFS tank, luckily they separated the fish before either of them were killed.
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    Thanks for the heads up on the sex les :thumbup:


    awesome! I'm pretty confident that there is more than enough pod life to sustain them both, only other guy I can think of that would compete for pods would be the CBB. Will definitely make sure of the sex before purchasing. Now the hunt begins..........
    thanks Dean
     
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    hahahahaha...you know what I meant... lets keep it tidy now
     
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    Anyone know what would happen if you were to put a green spotted mandarin with a blue mandarin(male/female)?
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    was gonna ask the same question...? @viper357?
     
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    No idea about that, sorry.
     
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    gMAN what mandarin do you have?
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    not sure the scientific name but here's a pic.....



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    That is a Synchiropus splendidus
     
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    geezzzz that should be a pic of the month or something!
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    lol.... I got posers not fish :tt2:
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    thanks for that david ;)
     
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    Yeah i remember your regal posing with his shiny teeth also
     
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    The LFS normally call them blue mandarins, good to see he is eating everything.
    My wife bought this one when he was looking terrible almost dead he has picked up a lot of weight and is eating live brine, and bloodworms I am going to start introducing him to frozen food soon. The most interesting fish I must say, funny how he buries himself in the sand at night.
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    that's a cool looking mandarin, had a scooter blenny that used bury itself at sleep time...
     
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    I will still have to see about getting another one, getting him to eat was a mission.:)
    He is my favourite fish.
     
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    Ya that's cause a scooter blenny is also a dragonette like the blue mandarin and the spotted mandarin...all the same family...not really a blenny at all in the sense of the word.

    Some people even call mandarins mandarin blennies.
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