Introduce this beautiful brightly colored fish into your aquarium to captivate any onlookers. The Spotted Mandarin Dragonet can never be compared to any other fish. It demonstrates the most attractive and vivid coloration and pattern. The Spotted Mandarin Dragonet features a scale less body in spotted color with orange colored wavy lines across it. Not only this, its tail is a bright red color with blue edging, and that makes it a gorgeous fish. The Spotted Mandarin Dragonet is also known as the Psychedelic fish due to its bizarre coloration. The male fish are larger and also feature a large pointed dorsal fin. Although, more often it is named as Mandarin Goby, but they are not gobies, rather they belong to Dragonets family. The Spotted Mandarin Dragonet is found in groups or pairs, and mainly on sandy bottoms between reef crests, and is indigenous to the Philippines area. It is one of the most commonly sold fish, at the same time it is delicate in nature and needs care to maintain its longevity, due to its feeding habits. It mainly feeds on live amphipods and copepods. We recemmend supplementing their diet with Aquapods from Algagen. The Spotted Mandarin Dragonet is very stringent in eating habits, as some of them can take even frozen foods and other may look for live foods. It basically uses the front fins while looking for the food. The Spotted Mandarin Dragonet takes lot of time to get adjusted to a captive diet. It is a docile and very slow fish, as well as non-aggressive which makes it very safe to keep in any aquarium along with other inhabitants. The Spotted Mandarin Dragonet is advisable to keep a pair or singly because two fishes with same gender might end up fighting with each other. Due to its thick slime covering, it becomes resistant to parasitic diseases.
The Spotted Mandarin, a.k.a. Psychedelic Mandarin, is not nearly as available as its close cousin the Green Mandarin. These fish are absolutely stunning in appearence, with their incredibly colored patterns and colors. The Psychedelic Mandarin is green to gray in color with colorful concentric mis-shaped spots of dark green trimmed with bright red, orange, and green. The Mandarinfish is a very peaceful creature that likes to hop and hover throughout the aquarium looking for copepods to feed on. They should be introduced into established aquariums with Live Rock, as this is where their best food source breeds -- copepods. The Mandarin will also accept live brine and worms. These fish love lots of rockwork to swim around and are hugely popular for their excellent disposition and coloring. They make a great addition to any reef tank.The Dragonet family of fish are small fish that are usually found hopping around reefs. These fish have small protruding mouths designed for capturing microfauna. The Dragonets have two separated dorsal fins with the male Dragonet having an elongated dorsal spine.Photo by Saltwaterfish.com member, Tizzo.