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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.
I received a healthy sized fish, the coloration is nice, and it is now hovering over the rocks looking or food.
Reviewed by: tito hinojosa on
I am new to saltwater. Received this little guy and he/she is beautiful and thriving. I wish now that I should have purchased two.
Reviewed by: Mary on
He is doing great.
Acclimated right away and this benthic predator is in heaven in my reef tank!
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Reviewed by: Becky Wyzykowski on
This is a beautiful fish. A great addition to my tank. The fish is always eating off the rocks. I did have a pretty good copepod population in the tank before adding it.
Reviewed by: Kari Priborsky on
I already had a female, I requested a male in the shipping notes. I received a gorgeous, healthy male. Saltwaterfish.com is top quality!
Reviewed by: Linda on
What an interesting and unusual addition to my tank! My mandarin dragonet immediately acclimated to my tank, spending most of his time "crawling" along the bottom and the rocks. The intensity of his coloring is more subdued than I expected, and feeding him his special diet is both expensive and a nuisance. As interesting as he is, I might not choose a dragonet if I had it to do all over again.
Reviewed by: Alan on
Love this little guy! So friendly, so colorful. Wish I would have bought two! Named him Scooter. Loves to give me glass kisses!
Reviewed by: Gina Schempp on
These are awesome and beautiful fish probably the most bang for you buck on color and appearance. But it is a EXPERT LEVEL CARE only fish, because if you are not dosing copepods in your tank 2 times or more a week or have a huge amount of live algae in your tank. The fish is going to eat them quickly and will slowly starve. Very Few people will get them to hand feed. So in consideration to this Copepods are not cheap and usually not readily available. Please read and consult experts in Forums before purchasing and learn truly how to care for these fish.
Reviewed by: Mike on
nice freebie awesome colors just so tiny about a half inch in size . gets lost in tank hard to find as it's tiny , but healthy as can be
Reviewed by: john/seaweed on
My absolute favorite fish! It is eating well, and quickly learned to eat from a feeding station!
Reviewed by: Lori on
MY FIRST DRAGONET ARRIVED DOA. CUSTOMER SERVICE IMMEDIATELY REPLACED IT...NO QUESTIONS ASKED.... NOW I HAVE A GORGEOUS HEALTHY DRAGONET. HE IS GREAT! I RECOMMEND.
Reviewed by: crisan anadio on
I received this beautiful fish last night. Acclimated him like we all are supposed to do and he was apparently fine, I watched him for about 3 hours before going to bed. In the morning, when I woke up to see if he was still alive, I saw two of my blotch brown snails on top of the mandarin eating him alive.
Just as an advise, DO YOUR RESEARCH, I study about this fish for a whole week before getting him and I still didn't find any information about snails killing them prior to what happened to me. I was only able to find one source saying that they sleep on the sand bed and that you should NOT shut all lights off at night if you have snails in your tank, they can kill the fish. Be aware!
Reviewed by: Lucas Ladvocat on
I am extremely happy with my purchase from Saltwaterfish.com. I purchased two of these guys and actually uploaded a really cool video of my mandarin eating pods off the rock on YouTube Just look up “Mandarin Goby from Saltwaterfish.com “ and my youtube channel is called “Bobby J’s Reef Tank”.
Thank you Saltwaterfish.com for sending me two beautiful Mandarins.
Reviewed by: Bobby Eldredge on