What are your captive bred mandarins eating?

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  1. ._Z_.

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    Just wondering what owners of the biota captive bred mandarins have had success feeding
     
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    Regardless of what food it takes, I would strongly encourage building a good sized pod population. Because their digestive tract is still so short and inefficient that they still need to graze almost non-stop.
     
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    I agree, I got it thinking it didn't need pods and it died. I never saw it eating pellets or flakes.
     
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    Ocean nutrition cyclops soacked in selcon and refrigerated. I turn all the equipment off and Turkey base a very small amount in one spot. She takes like 1/2 hour to start to eat sometimes.
    After a few weeks I tried baby bribe from Hikari and she went crazy for it.
    FWIW I have her alone in a bare bottom 10g holding tank
     
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    Ohh man I’m sorry to hear about your loss :(
     
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    Very true I feed mine about 5 times a day she eats all day
     
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    Agreed. There is no escaping the pod issue for Mandarins. Mine started eating frozen mysis and reef frenzy and it still starved to death.
     
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    Mine goes crazy for gutloaded brine, doesn't look at anything else even when I mix it with brine. (Doesn't like mysis, oyster eggs, frozen tiger pods, squid pieces, baby brine,) only brine shrimp and live pods
     
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    Mostly pods, as soon as my biota male went in my 90 it forgot about eating prepared foods and just started hunting. I initially re-trained it and got it eating frozen cyclops from a tupperware cave I made, until my peppermint shrimps started beating him too it and scared him off. Now he eats enriched brine from a baster, he knows when the pumps go off that feeding is imminent and gets more lively. I must say though he spits out a lot of the brine anyway so I occasionally replenish the pod population.
     
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