Originally Posted by Holygral
The the pods
can not multiply quick enough to sustain the Mandarin, and you can't wean a mandarin off of pods
while there is pods
in his environment. And yes I read his post.
if the pods
are segregated from the mandarin they will reach a sustainable population.
uhmm, isn't that the idea behind those extortionately priced HOB
or in-tank refugiums? Growing pods
is ALWAYS one of the uses recommended for them in all the advertising/descriptions.
You certainly can add other foods to the mix and gradually get them to take frozen.
How in the world do you think it is done otherwise?
Countless people have had great success doing this, including folks on this site. I think Carey said she had one for many, many years.
Throwing down such absolutes concerning what can or can not be done or how any animal is going to act isn't the wisest thing.
I can understand people often reply with the assumption that the person asking the question just starting keeping fish last Wednesday, but the OP certainly knows what he is doing and the obstacles involved with keeping species such as mandarins (otherwise he wouldn't have gone to the trouble he already has, now would he ),
he was just asking for OPINIONS about the idea.
If you research the topic you will find that the OP is doing it in one of the best fashions possible if a person is going to try to keep mandarins, a species specific tank with segregated area for pods
so they DO NOT get wiped out.
Sorry for coming off so harsh to you and sorry to the mods, but seriously, why are telling him it CAN"T be done when you have no way of knowing that it won't work and numerous people have had good success with them.
Advice is considering the particular situation and offering your ideas concerning it, not just handing off final proclamations.