The Mandarin Dragonet (Synchiropus Splendidus) is one particular of the most beautiful fishes ever to attain the hobby. It practically looks like a painting with its blue, orange and green lines and patches all across its body. They typically go by the name, mandarin goby, regardless of not getting a true goby at all. A more correct name for it is the mandarin dragonet.
The mandarin dragonet is heavily collected from the Indo-Pacific. Regrettably they do poorly in captivity despite their popularity. I will touch on this later.
As far as temperament goes, they are quite peaceful fish. They are only aggressive towards conspecifics such as psychedelic and scooter dragonets. If you are interested in a pair of mandarin dragonets, get a female and a male (elongated initial dorsal spine) and introduce them together in the tank.
Mandarins can develop as extended as 4 inches. A 30 gallon aquarium has adequate space for a single specimen, only if they are accepting prepared foods. They do not eat. Copepods in the wild are all they consume. Therefore, it is my recommendation that the minimum sized tank for these beautiful fish be no much less than a well established 75 gallon tank with plenty of copepods. In an aquarium that huge, you’d never have to feed them. The copepod populations in the tank will sustain them.
You can also train them to eat prepared foods.Very first, you require adult live brine shrimp. They eat live brine shrimp with ease, just put in the artemia. Next, slowly start off introducing frozen artemia in with the live stuff throughout feeding. If they start taking frozen brine, you’re virtually property totally free. Because brine shrimp is nutritionally poor, we need to get to feed on one thing like mysis shrimp or krill.
As prior to, introduce some mysis shrimp with the frozen brine shrimp when you feed them. The deed is accomplished as soon as they start taking mysis shrimp. Offer them some krill and a very good pellet right after that.
But wait, there’s another difficulty you will likely face with mandarin dragonets. They are amongst the slowest eaters you will ever have. It can not compete with other tank mates for meals, its that slow. There are three options to this problem. You could feed a lot more, thereby ensuring some food will be left for the mandarin and in the method, foul up your tank. Or, you can spot feed the mandarin with a pipette. Lastly, you can locate a bottle with an entrance only big adequate for the mandarin and stuff some meals in there.
All of these approaches will operate.