Originally Posted by SleepsWithFish
You just made my day
so how hard is it to get a pod population going in a tank that small? I read that mandarins are VERY hardy as long as there's enough food.
I am the bad guy here...I disagree. Keeping Mandarins for longer than 6 months is part luck and a lot of work. JMO, I am boycotting them as they probably have a 99% long term mortality rate. The exception is Mandarins that have been raised to accept regular foods. Carey is one of the few I know that successfully weaned a regular LFS
Mandarin to frozen foods. Everybody else, including me found they don't compete in a fully populated reef well. Again, there are always exceptions...but I stand by my statement that almost all Mandarins sold end up in the toilet.