How to keep healthy Mandarin Fish the easy way.
Mandarin Dragonet or Mandarin Goby (Synchiropus splendidus).
Mandarin fish care and Mandarin fish food.
Spend your time enjoying the beautiful Mandarin Dragonet fish instead of worrying about getting mandarin fish food for the fish's needs and health.
You can accomplish this by understanding and following a few easy steps and take the worry out of keeping Mandarin fish.
1. Subscribe to bi- weekly or monthly automatic recurring deliveries of live Amphipods and Live Copepods, Tigger Pods and Tisbe Copepods Mix.
Another very nutritious and cost effective supplemental live food for Mandarin fish is newly hatched artemia nauplii or baby brine shrimp.
Mandarin fish and Seahorses are live prey grazers, which means they need to eat live food all day. Feeding them once or twice a day is not sufficient for Mandarin fish to stay healthy in your reef tank. Doesn't hurt to periodically feed some of our concentrated non live foods such as Arctic Pod Feast Copepods, and Salmon Egg Delight fish eggs. When Mandarin fish are healthy and comfortable in the aquarium there is the possibility that they can learn to eat some non live foods to supplement their live food intake.
2. Provide a habitat that is as close to the natural environment that Mandarin fish have evolved to live and thrive in for thousands of years.
Here your emphasis should be on the needs of the Mandarin fish’s prey animals.
You can never have too many hiding places in small rock crevices and Macro Algae like Chaetomorpha (Chaeto). This environment will provide a home for the Amphipods and Copepods so they can establish breeding colonies in the aquarium.
It’s important for these Mandarin fish and there prey animals to be able to co-exist in your reef tank aquarium together as they do in the wild.
3. Feed your Copepod and Amphipod populations.
Amphipods and benthic Copepods like Tisbe Copepods and Tigger Pods are scavengers and easy to feed. They come out at night and will eat left over food from the substrate and rocks. Providing the added benefit of a micro clean up crew as well.
With this in mind, if you plan your tank setup carefully, you can achieve longevity and health in your Mandarin fish. Together with regular infusions of live Zooplankton Amphipods and Copepods.
There are other type of fish that benefit in this same type of habitat.
Green Mandarin, Blue Mandarin, Psychedelic Mandarin, Red Mandarin, Spotted Mandarin.
Scooter Blenny, Ocellated dragonet . Starry dragonet, stellate dragonet, ruby dragonet, red scooter blenny.
And of course Seahorses of all kinds.