Mandarin Feeder Kit

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Mandarin Feeder Kit - Single

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AlgaeBarn's Mandarin Feeding Kit was designed to do three things, get food into the fish's gut right away, provide a continuously proliferating and nutritious food source, and introduce a wholesome and easy to prepare dry food in their diet. The green mandarin dragonette, commonly knows as a "mandarin goby" can be one of the most challenging fish to keep in a home aquarium. Since a vast majority of mandarins are wild-caught, getting them to eat prepared foods can be extremely difficult and if not done quickly could result in starvation. AlgaeBarn's Mandarin Feeder Kit is pretty much a necessity to have on hand if you are going to be adding a fish with picky eating habits.


Perfect Transition Food Kit For: 

  • Mandarin Dragonettes
  • Filter Feeders
  • Juveniles
  • Wild-Caught
  • Anthias
  • Gobies
  • Copperbands
  • Angelfish


One thing that few mandarins can't resist is live brine shrimp (Artemia salina). They are easy for them to capture and ingest, yet they swim in a manner that strongly elicits the fish's natural feeding response. The jar of NanoBrine included in the package delivers a planktonic blast of live, freshly hatched (i.e. more nutritious) brine shrimp. Copepods naturally make up the bulk of a mandarin's diet. They tend to hunt these minute prey throughout most of the daylight hours to get a good fill. That's why this package includes a jar of 5280 Pods. The three copepod species in this quality live product (Tigriopus californicus, Tisbe biminiensis and Apocyclops panamensis) can seed a lasting and continuously accessible population of nutritious live feed. Finally, the Can O' Cyclops included in the package can be used as soon as the animal is on its feet again. Very small amounts may be added during feeding time, with increasing amounts offered as the animal consumes more and more of this proven product. These supplemental feedings serve to keep its belly full as it matures into a larger, more colorful and more fully developed fish.


AlgaeBarn Nano Brine Shrimp

Designed to hatch during the transit period, so they arrive at their most nutritional state of 24-48 hours post-hatch. Rich in fat and proteins the baby brine shrimp makes an excellent easy to consume food source that will entice even the most finicky of fish. The short and quick movements they make will instigate a feeding response that is almost impossible for any fish to refuse. The Nano Brine Shrimp makes a great starting food and will give your fish energy to hunt down some of the more elusive copepods.


AlgaeBarn 5280 Pods

Copepods are an essential part of a saltwater aquatic ecosystem for many reasons and it is common to get them as hitchhikers in your home aquarium, but can be very hard to sustain their populations. In most instances, it is the adult copepods that are transferred as a hitchhiker and will be consumed pretty quickly, where the juvenile pods are commonly found hiding in your rocks nooks and crannies and will not be consumed nearly as quickly, giving them a chance to reproduce. It is common to need to supplement a phytoplankton food source for the pods, and using Ocean Magik Live Phytoplankton will ensure they have the proper diet to survive and thrive.


ZooMed Can O' Cyclops

Similar to the appearance and size of live adult copepods, Can O' Cyclops are a preserved cyclopoid copepod that will encourage feeding responses in fish that actively eat copepods. After a few days of your fish getting used to consuming live copepods, start to add a small amount of Can O' Cyclops and it is just a matter of time until your fish will start to eat the prepared cyclopoids. An unopened container will be shelf-stable for up to 3 years, and once opened it is suggested to keep it refrigerated and will stay good for up to 1 full week. If you plan on not using the entire can within a week, we suggest taking an amount and freezing it, and then thaw it as needed. 


Available in 1, 2, or 3 Pack Quantities. Included in each Pack:

1x AlgaeBarn 16oz Jar Live Nano Brine

1x AlgaeBarn 16oz Jar 5280 Live Pods

1x ZooMed Can O' Cyclops 


AlgaeBarn's Alive on Arrival (AOA) Guarantee!

AlgaeBarn takes all the worry out of buying live copepods and phytoplankton online by going above and beyond to take care of their customers.

That’s why they guarantee every order we ship will be 100% Alive On Arrival or they will replace it free of charge. They will even cover the shipping on the replacement.

When your order arrives, be sure and inspect the contents to ensure everything is looking alive and well before you add them to your tank or put them in the fridge. AlgaeBarn gives 12 hours after delivery to make sure you are completely satisfied. If for any reason you decide something isn’t quite right, simply snap a photo of the unopened item(s) you would like replaced. Be sure to get the expiration date on the back label in the photo. After that, visit www.algaebarn.com/claims and submit the form. They will review the photo and have a replacement out for you faster than a six-line wrasse at feeding time. Once your replacement order is processed, AlgaeBarn will send you a brand new tracking number automatically.

So start giving your tank the love it deserves and order with confidence knowing that AlgaeBarn has your back.

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Product Questions

Is it okay for me to place the nano brine and pods in the fridge?
Question by: Candy Pena on May 26, 2022, 8:06 PM
AlgaeBarn does not recommend placing this item in the refrigerator as it has been designed for immediate and longer term aquarium supplementation.
Answer by: Scott F. (BRS Staff) on Jun 2, 2022, 3:22 PM