Mandarin Spotted Dragonet


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  • $60.00

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Basics

Scientific Name: Synchiropus picturatus

Family: Callionymidae

Origin: Indo Pacific

 

Quick Facts

  • Care Level: Difficult
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Lifespan: 4-6 years, likely longer
  • Reef Compatible: Yes
  • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
  • Maximum Size: 4"
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

 

Overview

The tank should have live sand and plenty of rock. They should be housed singly or in a male-female pair, as males will fight with each other. Males generally grow larger and have elongated, impressive dorsal fins and sometimes brighter colors. They make a good community and reef tank fish.

The Mandarin Spotted Dragonet is a difficult fish mostly due to it's diet. Though they can be supplemented with brine shrimp, bloodworms and other meaty foods, they need copepods to thrive. Since they are slow feeders they should not have competition for their food.