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I currently have a 70G aquarium and I plan to add a 20G sump/refugium to it soon. I really want to add a Mandarin to it. I know that they need a huge supply of copepods and I wouldn't get on until at least a year after I set up my refugium, so I would have an good supply of them to feed the Mandarin. I also plan to get one from my LFS AFTER seeing it eat other foods, like frozen brine shrimp (so I don't starve the little guy). I would also add a population of pods after I set up my fuge, so I can give them as much time as possible to maintain a large population.

By big question, that I've had trouble finding an answer to is, what fish should I avoid that would compete for food with my possible Mandarin?

I know I have to watch out for Coris Wrasse, aggressive tankmates, and any other Dragonets, but I can't seem to find a reliable source of other fish that out beat them out for food.

I currently have 3 Firefish and 1 Yellow Clown Goby, 4 Hermit Crabs, 3 Nassarius Snails, and 3 Astrea Snails. I have ideas of other fish that I would like to get someday, but I want to see if my want of a Mandarin would be incompatible with anything I may get in the future.
 

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I would like to add some Green Chromis, a pair of Ocellaris Clowns, an Eibli Angel, and a Tomini Tang. I was also thinking of adding a goby/shrimp pair, an emerald crab, a dwarf filefish, and a cleaner shrimp. Maybe add some Sexy Shrimp to the refugium. I did also want to add a yellow and purple wrasse, but I know that I would have to choose one of those two.
 

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The wrasses and the Pygmy filefish would be competitors. The others are good. The eibli would eat the sexy shrimp, so make sure they stay in the refugium.
 

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Can tell you that my Hawkfish doesn't compete for food but pester the heck out of any dragonets in the tank. So why food supply is a concern, also look for who can bully the fish.
 

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Thanks for the help! I'm thinking against the mandarin, I don't want to risk it not getting enough food and starving in my tank, and there's other pretty fish that I can add.
 
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