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The Red Mandarin Goby, Synchiropus splendens, also known as the Red Mandarin Dragonet, is a variation of the classic blue and greed Mandarins. They have a hypnotic red, blue, and green labyrinthine patternings across their entire bodies. The Red Mandarin Goby is exceedingly popular as it is relatively difficult to find in the aquarium hobby. Like their relatives, the Red Mandarin Goby has a sexual dimorphism making it easy to tell the difference between males and females - males have an elongated first dorsal spine.
Red Mandarin Goby Care Facts
The Red Mandarin Goby should be kept in a tank of at least 20 gallons with a plenty of live rock and a sandy substrate.
They can be housed as individuals or in a pair. Two Red Mandarin Gobies of the same sex should not be housed together.
Our Red Mandarin Gobies are fed on frozen brine and mysis shrimp. They should be fed a varied diet of frozen meaty foods, copepods, shrimp, live foods, black worms, and it will also prey on tiny crustaceans in the tank. They should be fed multiple times per day.
Breeding Red Mandarin Gobies in the home aquarium is possible.
Red Mandarin Gobies can be difficult to keep in the home aquarium because they are picky eaters, thus, they should be reserved for experienced aquarists only.
The mandarin goby has been a great addition to the tank. The kids really like the coloring and patterns on him.