Originally Posted by ilostnemo
id not put one in a 30g tank. theyd eat that tank dry in hours.
You really need a larger system with lots of rock and preferably a safe place for them to reproduce (a fuge). The pods
are so small, and the mandarin needs to eat so many, that you can really eat the entire population rather quickly. I dont think buying bottled pods
is a practical solution.
I had a mandarin in a 55g that ate frozen food (mysis, brine shrimp, and blood worms). The problem with feeding mandarins frozen is that they cant compete with the other fish in the tank, and have terribly eye sight. They fish is designed to slowly hover across the rocks looking for tiny bugs to eat. Tossing mysis on the surface will never be noticed by the mandarin. I used to have to take a turkey baster and blow food across my fish's nose to get him to notice it. And even then, if the food wasnt moving he would ignore it. I suppose if it didnt appear to be alive, the fish wasnt interested. While he ate every day, and thrived, feeding them this way can be difficult and is time consuming.
Also, remember wild caught mandarins will be looking for live food, and my be very slow to eat frozen. Many wont take to frozen at all, and once they begin to starve you just cant bring them back.