So I was recently ill advised by someone at my LFS
who I never have dealt with before. Usually the person at the store I deal with is very helpful and informative. Long story short I ended up purchasing a mandarin goby with no idea what I was getting into. I admit a lack of research on my part led
to this impulse purchase. When I checked liveaquaria under care all I saw was "difficult" I asked the store employee about this and he mentioned the pods
and said they would need about a bottle once a month and that was why they were considered "difficult" knowing what I now know I find this absolutely hysterical. Regardless I have already begun the breeding process of pods
to attempt to supply this fish with the food source it needs. Although some may consider this already too late. I have already attempted to return the fish to the store which they were obviously unwilling to do for me. When the person at the LFS
spoke to me about the feeding difficulty with this fish he never mentioned anything about being this fish being trained to eat frozen food. I just fed my blue spotted puffer (frozen mysis) and watched as I usually do. I noticed that as the mysis began to break into pieces in the tank the mandarin began swimming toward the floating particles and ate them. I was absolutely shocked and amazed as I have now learned how difficult it is to train them to eat frozen foods. I also would think that the person at the lfs
would have told me if it had been trained to eat frozen foods when discussing the diet of this fish. I was wondering if anyone had heard of anything like this happening before, or what their thoughts might be regarding this. I am obviously very pleased but by no means plan to make any changes with what I have already started in supplying a large enough pod population for this guy to munch on.