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post #1 of 19 Old 05-08-2012, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Mandarin Gobi looks skinny?

I have a 38g Nuvo Aquarium. It has 4 fish currently, 2 clowns, a banggai cardinal, and a mandarin gobi. The tank has been setup since January and has been doing great. I have about 6 coral frags currently also. My question though is about the gobi. I bought him on sale and he was the healthiest and prettiest one at the LFS. I've had him a month and I have bought bags of live brineshrimp and tigerpods (I think is how it's spelled) for his food supply and I also have another little -pod for the shrimp, it's kind of hard to explain exactly how it all works. It's neat because it makes a little food chain in there all for him is the best way to describe it! The problem is that he obviously won't eat the frozen food and so I have no idea if/when he eats. He does look skinny, but would he have starved by now?

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post #2 of 19 Old 05-08-2012, 06:38 PM
He won't eat the frozen food. Gotta be Live PODS.
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He won't eat the frozen food. Gotta be Live PODS.
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Yeah I have live pods, I just don't see him eating ever.
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Yeah I have live pods, I just don't see him eating ever.
Sorry, I got confused when you said frozen food in your post above. They will pick at the substrate all day. You should him stabbing at the substrate very often in just watching him for a few minutes.
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Sorry, I got confused when you said frozen food in your post above. They will pick at the substrate all day. You should him stabbing at the substrate very often in just watching him for a few minutes.
Originally I did, but lately he hasn't been? He rarely climbs around anymore?
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Originally I did, but lately he hasn't been? He rarely climbs around anymore?
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uhhh......?
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post #8 of 19 Old 05-09-2012, 04:11 PM
Mandarin gobies need lots of live rocks and sand wIth lots of Natural prey in and around them. They should typically be kept in a large tank, else they will eventually run out of food and starve to death. The best type of food for them is natural and a refugium is the best way to keep the natural food plentyful in your aquarium otherwise you will have to feed different types of algagen reefpods.

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Originally I did, but lately he hasn't been? He rarely climbs around anymore?
The outcome does not look good.
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Do you have a refugium for the pods to reproduce in without being eaten? A mandarin can finish off a pod population in your main tank very quickly if they do not have a safe place to reproduce in. Did you do anything before adding the mandarin to make sure that you had enough pods? Some will take prepared foods, but that is not a guarentee.
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