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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.
Arrived in good condition , acclimated for 3 hours thru drip method. Fish hid for 24 hours now is swimming in and out of reef from one end to the other of eight foot tank. Seems to be eating well. Looks very happy and gets along with other fish.
Reviewed by: Donald on