Pods for Mandarin

LarryDinNC

Premium Member
Is there anyway to tell if I have an adequate pod population for a mandarin? I'm considering getting one but certainly don't want it to slowly starve. Anyway to monitor pod population after I get one? How can I help ensure an adequate supply?
 

crzy4reefs

New member
my best advice is to try to find one eating prepared foods. i got a blue and green mandarin from my local fish store and she was eating prepared foods.

but yes check with your flash light and you should see lots of them. do you have a fuge for them to breed in, and sometimes in the tank itself you can have some rock rubble in the back for them to breed in.........
 

Sk8r

Staff member
RC Mod
Yes to the flashlight; and try feeding phyto to the tank in fair frequent doses. This helps the pods. Probably, however, you will have to have a refugium backing up that 28 gal in pod production, and feed it a lot. I manage handily in a 52, at 6 months, with a refugium and extra phyto feeding.

If you lust after a mandarin, however, and are willing to go the expense, Reed Mariculture supplies pods-by-express as well as Phytofeast, and they're entirely reliable. If a mandarin has no other pod-eating competition you might eventually populate the tank heavily enough by supplementing that you can stop the mail orders, but I'd really recommend the refugium.
 

Ironsheikh

New member
i have one of those specimen containers hanging in the top left corner of my tank, drilled thru and put live rock rubble, chaeto, I notice pods running around in there often and they breed happily and drop out the bottom when they want.
you can feed them reef chili once in a while
 

Hammbone

New member
I might try a mandarin myself eventually. What is the best way to set up a refugium for this purpose? LR and LS with some cheato? Lights on the fuge?

Thanks, Jim
 

msman825

New member
look in your over flow filter, they will be in there if you have plenty. i transfer them from my filter to my sump so they will raise
 

Sk8r

Staff member
RC Mod
little white fleas on your substrate or glass.

And my refugium is a heck of a bodge-job. I had help putting my system together and the help installed my sump backward. I was too new to the berliner method to know which end was up [or forward] and I have a wedge stand that just makes adding things a pain. So I tossed cheato in the downflow chamber, the one that originally had bioballs and a tray, [turbulent as Niagara] along with some live rock, put a light on it, put some embroidery canvas [fine plastic mesh] between that chamber and my skimmer, and put a rubberbanded bit of blue filter medium on my sump intake cone to make sure nothing got in. It's absolutely not what's recommended for a refugium, but the cheato is growing, the skimmer is skimming, and meanwhile the pods are turning up in the tank, because the mandarin is getting fat.
 

JRPhd

New member
IDK. I have a 40 gallon with 50lbs. LR, a hang-on fuge, and a 2.5 gallon pod cultivation under my tank and my spotted mandarin still looks thin. I'd say a mandarin might not survive in a 28. JMO.
Jon
 
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