Is My Mandarin Goby Too Thin?!

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fish Forum' started by clemtine pace, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. clemtine paceValued MemberMember

    My mandarin goby has been pretty thin ever since i bought him and im kinda worried.. hr never gets any fatter or thinner. But he eats frozen brine shrimp when i feed so i worry about that. I have seen little copepods on the glass, but i only ever see them for sure in one spot. Heres a picture, excuse the moss.
    Looking back he mightve been a tad fatter when we bought him, particularly around the back of his head.





    If i buy copepods and put them in multiple times (or how ever many times i need too) will that be enough to fatten him back up?

    Were not sure whats up with his tail, i think its because of dangerously high salinity we've had in the past (i'm fixing it).
    The reason im so unsure is because my family insists hes fine because he eats the frozen shrimp, but ive never seen him eat more than two in one feeding. My other fish are perfectly fine so i know its not a water issue (aside from salinity).

  2. clemtine paceValued MemberMember

    Ps, ive had him since January 2017
  3. AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    He is way to thin. I would try getting him some mysis shrimp and some cyclops as well (frozen). You can buy copepods, but it will take awhile for them to breed enough for him to be able to eat enough to fatten back up. You are going to be looking at getting pods like every week if you go that route.
    I will try to get you a pic of mine in a little bit if I can, he is very shy though.
  4. AWheelerWell Known MemberMember


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  5. AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    I know the pics are not that great, but it should give you a bit of an idea on how big he should be.
  6. clemtine paceValued MemberMember

    Oh gosh ill get some shrimp and stuff right away, i was hoping the copepods would be enough. But ill do whatever i have to get him healthy. I feed them frozen brine shrimp, and he may eat one per feeding. You think he'll eat mysis shrimp though?
  7. AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    Did the store say he was eating frozen foods when you got him? I bought mine already eating frozen foods. The mysis shrimp have to be fairly small for him to eat them, cyclops that is frozen is a copepod :)
  8. clemtine paceValued MemberMember

    No, the fish store owner said my mandarin wouldn't eat them. He just started picking at them in my tank and now hes figured out he can eat them.
    So with frozen cyclops and mysis i can just put them in like i do brine shrimp?

    Looks like ill be getting my copepods from algae barn, but this is what I'm looking for, for cyclops correct?
    Sorry if these are silly questions i like to learn all i can
  9. AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    There are no silly questions! Those are what you want for the cyclops, I use that brand as well for the mysis shrimp.
    What is he eating right now?

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