Well, I have had my mandarin for about 5 months now. I have a 55 gallon tank with about 75 lbs of live rock in it and it has been set up since March of this year. I don't have a refugium so I have been trying to culture Copepods in a small 2.5 gallon tank. well I havn't been real successful. Tonight, I was feeding my corals and fish some frozen brine shrimp and bloodworms and all of a sudden the mandarin goes crazy and starts eating the frozen stuff! I was so excited. Now I don't feel like I HAVE to have a copepod culture although I am still going to try to get one started and I know he won't starve. I also have a few questions about feeding him live stuff. Do you think he would eat rotifers? or would they be too small? what about live brime shrimp? since he eats the frozen he should eat the live right? They just seem like they would be easier to culture than copepods are.