Starting a mandarin nano tank?

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  1. The Newbie

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    Hi guys and some girls:tt2:
    I have recently sold my tank and not even a few days later am missing the hobby soo much:(
    So I have been keen on setting up a little nano cube prob 120 liters or so and housing two green mandarins.
    And maybe a softie coral or two or three:whistling:
    I would like to know the pros and cons of this..is it outa the question?
    I would obviously aim to get them to eventually eat frozen a and pellets;)
    Any advice on this would be great?

    Hope you all had a awesome New Years:yeahdude:
     
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    1.Have you ever kept Mandarins?

    They are beautiful fish hard to keep but lots off people get to keep them I had 3 of them.The first one were sick when I bought it.I tried to safe it but it didn't make it.I then got another one learned it to eat frozen food 6 months later I had a wipe out in my tank lost almost everything.I waited a couple of months for my tank to stabilize and got myself another Mandarin.And again it learned to eat frozen.

    What if done is got some pods from @Rhyn and added them to my sump and display I also added some live Mysis shrimp.Waited untill there were thousands of them.I then bought my Mandarin so there would be enough food for it while I am trying to get it to eat frozen.
    @the fish taged allong with me on this one

    And it worked...
     
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    Pm Nemo's janitor, his missus has a nano with a mandarin and lots of zoas and softies and a number of other fish. The mandarin is active and healthy.
     
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    It can be done in a 120 litre, if you are prepared for a few things.

    I have kept two green mandarins in a 140 litre(not at the same time).
    If you really want more than one I would say look at the red scooter dragonets.
    http://my.marineaquariumsa.com/fishspecies/view/285/Synchiropus%20stellatus
    With mandarins its generally better to only keep one as they need a lot pods and can be quite teritorial, I once added a female too my tank to try give my male a partner and he killed her quite quickly.

    Be prepared to buy a lot of live rock at least 12kgs.
    Be prepared to feed him live food if he doesn't take frozen or pellets.
    Of my 2 mandarins the one took almost a year too eat frozen food and never took pellets or flakes and the other one ate pellets from day one, so hopefully you get lucky.
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Its not hard to keep a mandarin, especially if they are eating.

    The biggest thing is to ensure enough live rock, and a refugium. To provide a place for the pod's to grow as this will be a another source of food for the fish.
    Obviously you need to provide the tank with enough time to establish itself and that it is ready for the mandarins.

    Then you need a little luck to get a healthy feeding fish.

    Also make sure the fish cant jump out of the tank. I had a mandarin for over a year and was eating pellets and pods, one day he decided to jump outta the tank and surf the carpet...
     
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    ps you can hatch live brine to help support the mandarin
     
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    Thanks guys...I have never kept a Mandarin before..I was going to get one but then decided against it as was planning on getting rid of my tank..now the bug is biting my ass..I had a boyu tl550 but have always been looking in getting a cube like the super wood ones that have a straight down covered stand( I find them more modern and better looking) and the tank sits in my lounge so it needs to fit in.
    How long do the pods take to multiply and and if I did follow through with this plan I would wait for a few months for tank to cycle and prob just introduce a few corals and maybe a single fish just to make the tank active while I mature the tank first.are the mandarins grounded mean they spend most of their time on the substrate or do they swim around too.
     
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    They swim around a lot in and out of the rocks but they burry themselves in the substrate at night, mine even swims right up to the surface..
    Its probably good to wait a few months for the rock to mature, I think it depends on where you get the rock from and how much of the life dies off before you put it in the tank.
     
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    It will work and if you can add a refugium to the tank with macro algae you have a nice place where the pods will breed and it will supply your main display with pods...
     
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    Is it possible to build a refugium in the sump..will It not be too small as sump is housed in the stand.
     
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    depends on the size of your sump. if there is space for an extra compartment then you shouldt have a problem
     
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    My refuguim is in the sump,I added an egg crate just above my Live Rock and added macro algae and a LED globe 6500 k that you can buy at Builders.+- R280 and you can see the pods crawling around there.I also add 2 or 3 fish pellets in there everyday just some extra food for them they fight over the pellets...
     
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    Ok,so this is more work the I anticipated.....harder then the basic marine tank....what corals would I be able to stock in the tank?
     
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    Your normal corals depending on your lights
     
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    can stock any corals that you want to.
     
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    Some extra info...:)
    These DIY Pods can only benefit you..
    http://www.thereeftank.com/forums/f76/diy-pod-condos-92373.html

    Nice looong Article...
    http://www.squidoo.com/dragonetmandarinfish-care

    Something of intrest...
    http://piratefx.hubpages.com/hub/Mandarin-Fish
     
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    Nice info
     
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