Exudes a noxious slime for protection against predation, but will be eaten by sea anemones. The Striped Mandarinfish
picturatus) may be difficult to feed, and all too often this fish starves in newly set up aquariums due to the lack of a well established live sand food source present, primarily copepods and amphipods. It will accept live brine shrimp and
live black worms and, with patience, coaxing and target feeding, vitamin-enriched frozen brine and mysis shrimp.
Thinking about adding a Mandarinfish to your tank? See the Saltwater Aquarium Fish Compatibility Chart first.