OK, I am planning on getting a mandarin. I have a 20h frag tank with no other fish or competing shrimp for pods for food. I am not cleaning the back or left side glass and they are crawling with different types of pods and I see them all over the rocks and frag plugs. There are probably thousands in the tank. There is 30lbs LR in the tank and another 5 in the fuge. There is pretty healthy chunk of macro algae growing in the fuge. The tank has been up for about 6 months. I am pretty sure I am ok to get ONE.
Just called the fish store to pay for and put on hold the male. Then they tell me they also have a female.... What are thoughts on getting the pair? Too much impact to the pod population in one go? I could get some supplemental pods too. I have no plans to get other fish that would compete with their food source. I could put a pod pile of rocks in, as well as a diner.
Much thanks for replies!