Madarin fish food

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by Edgar Sandoval, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. Edgar Sandoval

    Edgar Sandoval Supporting Member

    What do you guys feed your Mandarin fish? Just got one and was told they it anything (they lied to me) he has been in my tank 4 days and seems happy.

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  2. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    I have heard good things about Nutama ova. But the problem would be how to feed Mandy before others steal it.

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  3. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    They sell these small jars at bed bath I tie a fish line and dump the ova in and drop it near the Mandy. He'll swim in and eat it.

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  4. Copepods -- mine eat them all day long. I have two in the tank.
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  5. Edgar Sandoval

    Edgar Sandoval Supporting Member

    Where do u buy them?

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  6. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Culture your own

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  7. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Neptune gets live copepods every week.

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  8. All good answers above. You can buy or culture an initial population and then let the birds and the bees do their thing. They breed readily in a tank or refugium and as long as the population is large enough to sustain itself you'll never have to worry about feeding mandarins again. That being said I strongly recommend you start with at least three different species if you want to stock a tank for Mandarins. Almost all RFS sell Tisbe pods from Reef Nutrition or other vendors. Most also carry Ali-Gen copedpods and amphipods and they have two or three species normal;ly available. Copepod populations tend to collapse and then bloom over time so by having multiple species you don't have to worry your Mandarins are going through lean times.
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  9. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Make sure you culture your own phyto for food source for the pods

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  10. yellojello

    yellojello Supporting Member

    If you have a good pod population and enough rocks and fuge, I see my mandarin peck at things and search around. Didn't really see him go crazy when I feed other fish. After a while, saw him eat pellets, so all good now.
  11. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    A good ball of chaeto with pods already in, might be a good breeding space for the little bugs to supply the main tank. When I had a tank, I loved to see how the fish went after a pod was sent out the return nozzle, specially the wrasses but the md would chase them too.
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  12. magnetar68

    magnetar68 Guest

    Mine eat flake food
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    magnetar68 Guest

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  14. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Always ask them to feed in front of you. Seeing is believing :)

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  15. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I've never actually seen one eat flakes. Is that video shot from inside the tank or did you just clean the glass on only that side of the tank?
  16. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Very nice, though this will never work in my tank even if the mandy would eat flake lol
    1. i'm too lazy to cut flow to feed, always feed with full circulation
    2. the other piggies will eat up all the food before it ever get close to bottom of the tank
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  17. magnetar68

    magnetar68 Guest

    clean glass

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  18. I just noticed one of mine eating pellets last week. I was pretty excited!

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