Target Mandarin Pair

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  1. Zack K

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    What are your guys thoughts on adding a male to my already female Target Mandarin. l really love these little guys and was looking into possible a male to pair up. l have a 55gallon but pods are added monthly. My female is eating LRS and RODS, and is fat and happy.
     
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    Haven't tried her with a male target, but my own female target mandy was pretty savage when I tried to add a green mandarin pair to my 65. Yours might be more appreciative of a potential boyfriend.

    ~Bruce
     
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    So I finally found one and he was added Friday. At first, he went down and settled into a large cave on the opposite side of the tank of the female. As he took a few minutes to kinda settle in and realize where he was, the female cane briskly across the sand bed right over to him, and like a curious dog peered over the rock and swam around him turning her head. She eventually took to him and they are together now. Thanks for the story Bruce. IMG_0792.JPG
     
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    20 min until I introduce my male target to my female...was seeing if there was a trick to it, but I guess we just see what happens! Fingers crossed! :)
     
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    my purple tang picked mine up and shook it. It died 2 days later. If you have any aggressive fish turn the lights out when you add him.
     
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    That is so sad! I’m so sorry to hear that! I’ve been so patiently waiting to find the perfect mate. I didn’t want to “special order” him, told myself when the time was right it would happen.
    I feel like it went as good as it could last night for me. During acclimation they noticed each other. Upon releasing him, he swam right to her...
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    He laid on the sand and let her inspect him. She checked him out, swam a few circles around him, and even tested his boundaries with a jump or two towards him...
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    She showed him around the place a bit...
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    Introduced some family...
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    And ended the night with some cuddles :)
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    One of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced.

    I hope you give it another shot one day! :)
     
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    Have they done the spawning dance yet?

    Oh, make sure to have a lid. Lol.
     
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    The twirly vortex?! No. I haven’t seen THAT yet. I think they’re still in the dating phase

    These guys too?? So many jumpers out there! LOL!
     
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    Lol. I had a couple of ruby reds. It somtimes got ,um, acrobatic. Lol.
     
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    Is it just me or does anyone think that it’s weird that the target are so small in size compared to the normal mandarins. I’ve yet to see a decent big size target. If you have one post them up so I can see lol
     
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    My male was as big as a Common Mandarin. Females are generally small yes.
     
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    That’s just awesome. I’ve just never been able to witness such size. Maybe one day I can grow mine to be so lol. Now I know it’s possible. Didn’t know if they were just dwarf lol
     
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    Interesting! My female was the smallest I could find. I like watching them grow from babes, but for the male I knew he had to be bigger for her to like him :) I’ll keep this in the back of my mind and update with size later on...
     
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