The Green Mandarin Dragonet, Synchiropus splendidus, also known as the Mandarin Goby, is one of the most beautiful fish in the entire marine aquarium trade. It really has no fish comparable to it. The Green Mandarin Dragonet exhibits a vibrant green scaleless body and orange wavy lines across. Its tail is bright red with a blue edging creating a unique psychedelic effect. Male Green Mandarin Dragonets also have a large pointed dorsal fin. They are best kept in tanks with plenty of live rock and a sandy substrate. They are a staple in the marine aquarium trade but they can be fickle in their feeding habits. They mainly feed on amphipoda and copepods and can be quite picky. These organisms can be found naturally in larger reef tanks but you should also have supplements to ensure they are fed enough. Some can never adapt to frozen foods so it is imperative to understand its feeding habits before purchase. Other than its feeding habits, the Green Mandarin Dragonet is docile, resistant to disease, and does great in any community reef tank.
I couldn't wait to get this mandarin!! she (yes she is a girl) Is very happy and is eating well!!
Beautiful fish. I owned one male already, but they are such a nice show piece I decided to add another. The above description states they are found in groups or pairs. So, I though it would be fine. I received another healthy beautiful male. Minutes upon releasing him in my tank they began fighting pretty intensely. I was very worried at first. Then I realized that as vicious as the attacks were, neither fish was doing any actual damage and once dominance was established they haven't bothered each other since.
Dis arrived just fine. Acclimated well. Went into hiding in my live rock for about 5-6 days. Didn't seem him at all. He gradually started coming out. Now his is out all the time. Eats well.
Lasted 8 days. I will buy again. Company shipped well and packed well. Just bad luck