Reef Central Online Community

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > Marine Fish Forums > Reef Fishes
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read


User Tag List

Thread Tools
Old 01/06/2008, 02:04 AM   #1
Registered Member
dadonoflaw's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: dc
Posts: 943
mandarin vs mandarin

i got a male green mandarin several months ago which was fat and happy. being the genius i am i decided to add a psychedelic mandarin of the female persuasion about 3 months ago. both mandarins wwhere fat and happy and pods where running on the glass. i had seen the female which is half the male's size pick at him but nothing serious. today i noticed my green mandy in distress and noted that his flesh was peeling off. i saw the female attacking him shortly after. i dont know if she killed him but no one else bothered him and pods were available. anyone ever had this happen. did she decide to dispatch him and hoard the pods?

dadonoflaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/06/2008, 02:15 AM   #2
Registered Member
BangkokMatt's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Krung Thep
Posts: 3,100
Pairing Mandarins rarely works unless you add the two together. If you don't they get territorial over food. I would return her to LFS as the situation will not improve.

I've spent a lot of money on booze, women and fish. The rest I just squandered.

Current Tank Info: 150g sps Reef (now FOWLR after a devastating crash due to chiller) , 2x400w MH (Icecap ballast, Lumenmax 2, Reeflux 12k SE), Deltec AP701, Grotech Tec III, Chiller, 2 x Tunze 6101, 1 x 6205 (+ m/c), bla bla
BangkokMatt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/06/2008, 02:20 AM   #3
Registered Member
dadonoflaw's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: dc
Posts: 943
that would have been a great idea before today when she dispatched the male so it is just her now. i wont make this mistake again. one mandy it is. at least she eats mysis. thanx matt

smoke em if you got em

Current Tank Info: 55 gal freshwater and 180 gal reef
dadonoflaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/06/2008, 05:08 AM   #4
Team RC member
snorvich's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Outlander
Posts: 40,953
Blog Entries: 46
As Matt says, you have to introduce both together for it to work, and they must of of different sexes. Even then, there could be difficulties. Eating mysis is nice but is not sufficient as that is not enough to sustain a mandarin in the absence of sufficient copeods. In a 180 gallon reef you should be fine in that department with live rock.

Warmest regards,
snorvich is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:16 PM.

TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2021 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2014
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.