leopard wrasses and mandarin

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  1. Kremis

    Kremis Supporting Member

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    I have had a blue star leopard wrasse with my mandarin in my 180 gallon for 2 years now. I was wondering if I could get away with adding 2 more female leopards while still having enough pods for the mandarin? The wrasses would be eating prepared foods, and the one that I have now eats like a pig. I also have a hogfish that might be eating pods not sure. tank has a refugium and a good amount of rockwork.
     
  2. tankguy

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    In my opinion you should reseed your pod population often ( depending on fish pop ) I have an ornate and bluestar wrasse along with quite a few other wrasses and I see them picking for pods constantly. I add pods once a month
     
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  3. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman BOD

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    I wouldn't unless you're also going to culture pods or add at least two to three species of pods regularly. . They'll get along fine but the leopards will still make a dent in the pod population even if fed with other foods.
     
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  4. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

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    Right, the wrasses go after and hunt the pods where as the mandarin just eats what happens to be in front of it.
     
  5. jorahx4

    jorahx4 Supporting Member

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    when stocking pods do you guys dump them into the refug/sump or into display? or split into both?
     
  6. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

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    I don’t think there’s any wrong way to do it. I’ve dumped the whole thing in with my chaeto and split it before.
     
  7. Kremis

    Kremis Supporting Member

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    thanks everyone for the input.
     
  8. tankguy

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    I do both
     

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