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    Green Mandarin Breeding

    Can anyone steer me towards some good literature on green mandarin habitat and/or breeding.
    -Eric
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    Sounds interesting, are you planning on breeding them in their own tank?

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    Not any time soon, but I would like to see if it is feasible. Maybe in the future.

    I have 2 mandarins in my 75 gallon right now, which is not recommended.. but one has been in there for half a year now and the other I just moved over from the refugium 3 weeks ago. They both eat blood worms. I have no idea what gender they are either, but they haven't fought.. so that's good.
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    Yeah I would recommend a bigger tank first. It can be done, I think a lot of the mandarins available now in stores are tank bred. The big way I found to tell male/female is their top fin.

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    Bigger tank for sure! I am still trying to convince everyone else I live with the necessity of a 300 gallon tank... Work in progress. Would you happen to know if you can have more than 2 mandarins in the same tank, given that the tank is big enough?
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    Yeah you can, biggest reason you need a big tank for two is the amount of copepods/amphipods they consume. They constantly hunt them, and can quickly devour a small tank's population in their daily hunting. I would think a 150g tank with plenty of live rock would be more than enough for breeding a pair of mandarins, as long as you build up pod populations before putting them in.

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    I will probably try something easier first. maybe Banggai Cardinals or Clownfish. Haven't decided yet.
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