05-10-2012, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by BarbH
Some more thoughts to add, was at work on break earlier when posted... so time was limited. If you have a good pod population you should be able to see them on the glass of your tank, this can be done at night when the lights are off using a flashlight with the lens painted red. If you have a refugium having chaeto in it will give the pods a place to be able to reproduce in. If you do not have a refugium a easy setup you can do is to make one using an aquaclear hob. There are videos available on youtube of ones that people have made. This is assuming that you do not have a sump or refugium already in place. Also in your refugium and even in your tank you can add some piles of live rock rubble, again this will give you a place for the pods to safely reproduce in without being eaten by the other fish. You are going to need to replenish your pod population in the tank probably. Also there are some other things that people have setup to try supplying for the needs of their mandarian. Some of these techniques involve having a mandarian that will accept other types of food other than pods Melevsreef.com - Melev's Mandarin Diner
I have also seen other ideas on youtube. Mandarians have a high metabolism and eat constantly which means that you need to have either away of keeping your pod population up or hoping that you do get a Mandarian that will accept prepared frozen foods.
Also another option that you can look into is culturing copepods for your Mandarian, there is quite a bit of information available on the web explaining how to do this and what you need to do for the setup.
Hey thanks for your reply and PM. The reason I got this one instead of a Scooter or something is because he was the only one at the store eating the frozen food, but of coarse, I get him home and he won't. I don't have a refigium, either. I'll check out the links you gave me and see if I can get some help. Worst case, I'll take him back to the store and get the Scooter. He's a beautiful fish and a great addition ti the tank. Maybe he'll start eating the frozen food even, who knows for sure? Thanks again, though!