There is a local company offering these guys: Biota Captive Bred Mandarins.
They are fed frozen and pelleted foods, as well as graze on pods
of course. Living about 15 min from the warehouse I can pick them up as well as pods
any time during business hours.
Anyone purchase a captive bred Mandarin and how did it go?
I am familiar with how they can eat a bunch of pods
, more than a average keeper would raise.
What other obstacles are there to consider?
Are the "wait a year to have a mature tank" to accomodate the pods
Tank size is one, but if not for the tank supporting the pod population and the fish eats regular foods being fed and dosed about every 10 days with a bag of pods
. What size tank would be good for him to reside?
It would be him and a Yellow Clown Goby, and maybe a Royal Gramma, an Orchid Dotty back or something colorful.
28G a possiblity with lots of rock? Or with Pipefish and in a 50G???
I have had the same LR
in my nano tank for 4 years and my other tank has been cycled for about 4 months up for 6 almost 7 months. I am fairly patient so I can wait. It is unlikely that Captive bred fish will not be available in the future. So Not worried about that.
But if it may be possible to keep a (maybe even a pair of) Mandarins, I would like to start getting planned up /prepared for such a tank.
So ideas and thoughts please?
Planning to talk the the vendor about the tanks they feel they should be in too.
Found this too - circa 2014