Red Scooter Dragonet (Synchiropus stellatus)
Max Size: 3 inches
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
The Red Scooter Dragonet, also known as the Starry Dragonet or Stellate Dragonet, showcases a captivating pattern of red and white mottling with prominent dark spots on its body. The male individuals typically exhibit brighter colors and boast a larger dorsal fin.
This dragonet thrives in a reef aquarium with a capacity of 30 gallons or more, providing an ample space for their habitat. The presence of abundant live rock is essential as it serves as both a hiding place and a grazing area for them. The substrate should consist of live sand, and it is important to maintain a peaceful community of tankmates. Keeping multiple Red Scooter Dragonets is possible, and it is advisable to introduce them all to the tank simultaneously. To maintain a harmonious dynamic, it is recommended to maintain a ratio of 2 or 3 females per male. If multiple males are to be kept, a larger aquarium of at least 55 gallons is required.
When it comes to their diet, the Red Scooter Dragonet should be offered a varied selection of brine shrimp, bloodworms, glassworms, and small invertebrates. These dragonets are slow and deliberate feeders, so it is crucial to ensure they do not have to compete for their food. Providing them with ample nourishment without having to exert excessive effort is important for their well-being.