Special needs fish... I like that. Liveaquaria should adopt that description.
That means most wrasses and a bunch of other fish are not allowed. It can be done. But you need to be careful because one single wrasse can out compete a mandarin easily. And if the pod population takes a nose dive, so will the Mandarine. They will eat more than live pods
, they will eat live baby brine shrimp and live worms. The DIY feeder Paul B came up with (another forum) is on the internet and YouTube. It is far easier to grow baby brine and worms than it is pods
. Yes, I know the baby brine hasn't a lot of nutrition in them, but they will gorge themselves on them. The same guy has pictures of his Mandarines spawning. If I ever get another Mandarine, I will try his methods. The pod farm didn't work out and I hate losing a fish.