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ORA Spotted Mandarin Dragonet - Aquacultured
Synchiropus picturatus
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Tank Stats
Size: 1.25 -1.5 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Copepods, Frozen Small Brine, Frozen Blood Worms
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size:

ORA biologists have been hard at work developing the methods to breed and raise the Blue Mandarin, (Synchiropus splendidus) and the Spotted Mandarin, (Synchiropus picturatus.) The first wave of these captivating beauties is now ready to charm hobbyists all across the country.

Even though they are some of the most attractive and popular aquarium fish in the industry, many wild-caught mandarins are difficult to feed and despite best efforts, most of them fail to thrive in aquariums. ORA has eliminated this heart-breaking problem by training our captive-bred mandarins to eat a variety of commercially available frozen foods and pellets. Now the average aquarist can enjoy the convenience of finding readily available (and affordable) food sources for their exquisite ORA dragonettes.

Caring for ORA Mandarins isn’t as simple as throwing a cube of frozen food and pinch of pellets in the aquarium a couple of times a week. At approximately 1.25”-1.5” in length, ORA’s Spotted Mandarins are still growing and have voracious appetites. We recommend frequent feedings – at least twice daily.

Our experience has shown that these young fish begin to grow rapidly when they are kept in a reef environment. We believe that while our mandarins can survive on 100% commercial diets, they will thrive in an environment that offers them a combination of frozen, pellet and live foods.

ORA is tremendously proud of the mandarins we have been nurturing for almost one year. We admit, we’re also feeling a bit protective of them and we want every single one of them to be successful in their new homes. It is important for everyone to understand that ORA’s mandarins have led a sheltered existence in the hatchery and they are very naive. We wish to caution all store owners and hobbyists that these baby mandarins are not yet “reef-smart” and should not be kept with fish large enough to eat them or show aggression to them.

We have been amazed to observe that even at this small size our mandarins are reaching sexual maturity. In the future we intend to offer pairs, but at approximately 1.5” it is difficult to distinguish a female from a subordinate male with any certainty. Despite their petite size, we’re sure you’ll agree that ORA’s Spotted Mandarins are some of the prettiest fish ever produced. They have colorful masks and their green scaleless bodies sport exquisite circular patterns of turquoise, royal blue, orange and black.

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