SWEET. Great that he eats the pellets! My green mandarin eats KM reef carnivore pellets w/o garlic soaking. I throw them in, they sink to the bottom, and he gobbles a good number of them up. I have a mated pair but only the male will eat the pellets interestingly. Maybe a mouth size issue. It's funny to watch the female try to eat mysis shrimp. She swallows the whole thing but it ends up being too big for her so she spits it out a bunch of times to break it up and then gobbles up the pieces.
Do you have a male or female?
: Is it a metabolism issue with them needing to eat all the time? Don't worry, I have a good pod population in my tank but I was wondering if they constantly look for food b/c 1) each little pod only has so much protein/nutrition thus making them constantly forage or 2) it is enough nutrition but their metabolism is fast.
Since other fish survive well only eating once a day or every other day perhaps if the mandarin is eating pellet and frozen mysis that it should be okay without pods
. A possibility????