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A couple months back our lfs was selling a ORA mandarin, and since I was already looking into getting one, I bought it. I asked the lfs what they fed it and they said they were feeding frozen brine, but in my excitement, I forgot to ask them to feed it while I was there. The mandarin was around 3/4 inches when we bought him and now, he's a little over an inch. He seems to be doing great, but he doesn't eat prepared foods. If you have a mandarin that eats prepared foods, how did you get it to? I don't mind buying pods, but it is getting expensive.
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Grow pods in your sump, or in another small aquarium and save yourself some $$$$.

My Mandarin ate prepared brine as well. I didn't do anything special. It just decided to eat it when I fed the other fish. It was just an occasional snack for the fish, but then I started adding it daily to feedings since I saw the Mandarin liked it.
 

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Grow pods in your sump, or in another small aquarium and save yourself some $$$$.

My Mandarin ate prepared brine as well. I didn't do anything special. It just decided to eat it when I fed the other fish. It was just an occasional snack for the fish, but then I started adding it daily to feedings since I saw the Mandarin liked it.
Agreed. Ive seen mine take a bite here or there of other foods. However that's not what they're accustomed to. A good pod supply is the only way to go if you want to keep mandarin
 

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Firstly I would start feeding your pods phyto. Watch the numbers blow up.

Secondly, try spot feeding the mandarin with a dropper while your other fish are eating. Mine only eats brine. Won't touch anything else frozen. Took months for him to actually commit. Now, he's fat and happy with a lot of pods, and backup brine.
 

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If you don't turn off your pump/wavemakers when feeding, try that. The mandarins can't catch food as fast as the other fish. Both of my mandarins eat frozen & pellets. They especially like LRS Nano Reef Frenzy, mysis and brine shrimp. If he is growing he is eating something.
 
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Sorry for the late response, my notifications haven't been working. I've been dosing phyto daily. I don't usually feed with pumps off because then the other fish don't eat when there off:rolleyes:, but I can try that. I have lrs reef frenzy, frozen brine, pe 1mm mysis pellets, new life spectrum pellets, and flake foods. recently I've been trying the melev's reef way with a jar with food in it, but I've only seen him go in once, and the crabs usually steal all the food.
 
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My tank is only 29 gallons, so it doesn't have the most pods, and that's why I wanted to supplement it with something else to.
You can also make a target feeder for mandrins like PaulB, and hatch fresh brine shrimp babies every day for them.
Just a suggestion.
 

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I weaned a number of wild caught mandarins (both varieties) to eat live blackworms. I have kept a spotted mandarin along with a pair of striped mandarins for years in a 20-gallon tank, and have witnessed spawning dances many times (the male and female touch with their bellies near the bottom and spiral up to the top - although I have never seen actual eggs which are supposed to be released when they part near the top). I used to put a small clump of live blackworms in a small container (without water), put a couple of drops of Selcon over it (to add the essential HUFA which such freshwater foods are lacking), let it stand for 15 minutes to soak in. Initially I was spot-feeding these near the newly arrived mandarin's nose to entice him to try. It usually takes them 2-3 days to understand that this is food and to start looking for it - after that I used to dump the worms in the tank at feeding time and everyone has a go at it (all the fishes as well as palythoa polyps loved the blackworms). The downside, however, is that it has quickly increased the phosphates in the 20-gallon. Should not be an issue in a larger tank with good skimmer and algae filter.
 

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A couple months back our lfs was selling a ORA mandarin, and since I was already looking into getting one, I bought it. I asked the lfs what they fed it and they said they were feeding frozen brine, but in my excitement, I forgot to ask them to feed it while I was there. The mandarin was around 3/4 inches when we bought him and now, he's a little over an inch. He seems to be doing great, but he doesn't eat prepared foods. If you have a mandarin that eats prepared foods, how did you get it to? I don't mind buying pods, but it is getting expensive.
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I had purchased a Mandarin and I just kept giving him brine shrimp and mysis (frozen) and was very patient and eventually he started eating them. I do believe that I was lucky or fortunate because I know not all will unless they are bred and raised to accept prepared foods. Patients is key and keep trying
 

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I weaned a number of wild caught mandarins (both varieties) to eat live blackworms. I have kept a spotted mandarin along with a pair of striped mandarins for years in a 20-gallon tank, and have witnessed spawning dances many times (the male and female touch with their bellies near the bottom and spiral up to the top - although I have never seen actual eggs which are supposed to be released when they part near the top). I used to put a small clump of live blackworms in a small container (without water), put a couple of drops of Selcon over it (to add the essential HUFA which such freshwater foods are lacking), let it stand for 15 minutes to soak in. Initially I was spot-feeding these near the newly arrived mandarin's nose to entice him to try. It usually takes them 2-3 days to understand that this is food and to start looking for it - after that I used to dump the worms in the tank at feeding time and everyone has a go at it (all the fishes as well as palythoa polyps loved the blackworms). The downside, however, is that it has quickly increased the phosphates in the 20-gallon. Should not be an issue in a larger tank with good skimmer and algae filter.
I have heard that blackworms work as well
 
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My tank is only 29 gallons, so it doesn't have the most pods, and that's why I wanted to supplement it with something else to.
Have you tried can o cyclops? It's available in our mandarin feeder kit or to be purchased individually and mandarins usually love it as well as your other fish!
 
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Have you tried can o cyclops? It's available in our mandarin feeder kit or to be purchased individually and mandarins usually love it as well as your other fish!
Thanks! I think I might have to get some of this soon.
 
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