I've never bought them, bit I'm curious too. I'd like to add a "booster" kit of pods
, just incase the diversity in my tank has decreased. If you go ahead and purchase, please let us know what you think.
since my water amount is rather low to keep the Mandrin.
A mandarin should have 100 lbs or more LR
to feed off of. If you can get it to eat prepared foods, ie mysis soaked in selco, it'll be better off. Some will not accept prepared food and will starve w/out the proper amount of rock. Tankmates often are faster/more aggressive feeders and leave nothing for the mandarins. You'll most likely have to target feed it. Those kits are just too expensive and small to properly feed a mandarin with.
This link has good info, feeding tips, and even a video- http://www.melevsreef.com/mandarin_care.html