Red Mandarin Dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus)
Max Size: 3 inches
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
The captivating Mandarin Dragonet Gobies are highly sought after by aquarists due to their extraordinary beauty. These exquisite fish boast a mesmerizing display of jewel-tone colors, showcasing shades of cobalt blue, amber orange, and emerald green arranged in a complex, maze-like pattern. Beyond their stunning appearance, their playful and inquisitive personalities make them even more appealing, providing endless hours of fascination.
To ensure the well-being of these alluring creatures, it is essential to house them in a well-established aquarium of at least 30 gallons or larger. Live rock, live sand, and ample hiding places are necessary for their habitat. While moderately hardy in reef aquariums, they thrive when provided with exceptional care. Generally peaceful towards other fish, the Blue Mandarins may display some aggression towards their own species. Distinguishing between male and female Blue Mandarins is quite simple, as the male can be identified by its pronounced and elongated first dorsal spine.
In their natural environment, wild-caught Blue Mandarins function as micro-predators, actively hunting amphipods and copepods to sustain themselves.