I'd love (LOVE) a Mandarin, but fear I might not be able to feed it adequately.
After seeing one, I fell in love - then started researching and am not sure that I'll have the resources to give it what it needs.
There are 3 LFSs in town, and the only thing I know of them is that they hate each other and will tell customers whatever they feel will get business. I was told that nems, many corals, most fish (including clowns, gobies, bennies and chromis (!!!)) were "just fine" with sea horses and pipefish. Guidance on a consistent supply of pods
is definitely not something I feel confident I can get from any of them - despite the fact that they all have multiple mandarins in stock.
Because of this, I am very wary. The next closest source for salty stuff is about two hours away. We travel there often for medical care for our little girl, so we try to visit when we can.