Serious bummer. It seems like these guys really don't often live past the four month mark in captivity. I watch my spotted mandarin like a hawk, even with the huge pod pop in my tank, I worry about it because it was sooo skinny when I got it. Mine takes frozen mysis as well... but I still worry. He was rail thin when I got him (fed on nothing but mysis at the time) and he's gained weight in the past month but still looks a little sunken in right behind the gills. I think I feel almost as bad for buying it as I do for seeing it so thin at the not so LFS
You know, to be honest... don't lose sight of the fact that sometimes fish just up and die, and we're not really sure why. I know with mandarins everybody's ready to jump on the "Not enough pods
" wagon, and rightfully so, because 9 times out of 10 that is the reason, but sometimes it's not. Fish which were perfectly healthy in appearance for years can suddenly die from some unknown parasite or virus we have no real understanding of. It's one thing to wonder why a tang died when it has obvious signs of HLLE
, it's something else entirely to assume that somebody's tang died of HLLE
when you haven't seen their tank or really have any knowlege of their husbrandry habits. Sometimes its easy to jump to the conclusion of "newbie mistake" when in fact the hobby is still very new, very experimental, and the ocean we emulate is such a vast place of possibilities.