In addition to what was already said, you want to make sure you don't have any other animals that will compete with/eat the same things as the mandarin such as wrasses, pseudochromis, etc.
This link has some general info, feeding tips/tricks, and a link to a video at the bottom showing a jar being use to target feed a mandarin.
Originally Posted by tmkx3
I thought for some reason that pods
and fauna were the same thing. For some reason I assumed that they were something that just produced itself with aging
As long as you started w/ decent LR
, or a LR
/baserock mix, then yes fauna such as amphipods, copepods, etc. should develop on their own. You can buy kits online to boost/re-seed some of these things, if you feel it necessary(ex. ipsf.com). Feeding LIVE phytoplankton such as DT's phyto should help increase their numbers(IME it helped pretty much as claimed). Should you decide to start feeding micro-foods such as phytoplankton, be very deliberate and cautious w/ the amounts used.