04-04-2007, 04:28 PM
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Check this article out might help a great deal http://joshday.com/mandaringoby.htm
Just a quote from there for all the non-believers-
Mandarins are some of the most popular, easily available, and cheapest fish on the saltwater market. They experience the greatest mortality rate of marine fish as well. Given these two facts, and given the nature of capitalism (let alone the evolutionary advancement of the marine and reef hobby), I believe we'll be hearing a lot more stories of mandarins eating frozen and pellet food and thriving in tanks once thought impossible to sustain them. |
In fact, this is already happening. Many marine hobbyists who've done their homework have reported success in keeping mandarins in nanos, and several have even weaned them onto pellet food. Unfortunately, people are often afraid to admit their success on forums. As mentioned above, keeping mandarins in anything but the traditionally accepted housing--100 gallons, 100+ pounds of live rock, a 2-year old, "mature" tank--brings out the worst in some people. For whatever reason, they will not open their minds to even the idea of success.
Originally, I agreed with them. However, once I really delved into google and nano fish forums, I found many different people reporting the same success stories... a green mandarin eating bloodworms, a freshwater food (which I feed my discus); a green mandarin being supplied pods daily from a separate pod culture tank; a whole tank of mandarins eating Formula 1 pellets. They were always met with the same hostile or rude responses and arguments. Your fish will starve after 6 months. They cannot be kept in systems without an excessive colony of pods. Etc.