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This Mandarinfish data sheet gives you basic information about the common names, scientific names and water parameters required by this species. In addition, you can find Mandarinfish information such as diet, determining sex, breeding, distribution and compatibility.
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Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus)

 

Scientific Name: Synchiropus splendidus

 

Alt Scientific Name: Callionymus splendidus, Neosynchiropus splendidus, Pterosynchiropus splendidus

 

Common Name: Mandarinfish

 

Alt Common Name: Mandarin Goby, Psychedelic Fish, Psychedelic Goby, Mandarin Dragonet

 

Group: Blennies (Blenny Fishes)

 

Family: Callionymidae

 

Distribution: Western Pacific reefs

 

Adult Size: 2.5 inches (6.4cm)

 

Minimum Tank Size: 150 gallons

 

Temperament: Generally peaceful, but males of the same species will fight viciously.

 

Care Difficulty: 9/10

   
Very Easy
Moderate
Very Difficult

 

Reef Safety Score : 3/3

   
Not Safe
High Risk
Low Risk
Reef Safe

 

Temperature Range: 75°F - 80°F

     
74
76
78
80
82
84

 

pH Range: 8.1 - 8.4

     
7.8
8.0
8.2
8.4
8.6
8.8

 

Salinity Range (specific gravity): 1.02 - 1.027

     
1.016
1.020
1.024
1.028
1.032
1.036

 

Diet Information: Omnivorous - This fish lives solely off interstital crustacean and worm life often called copepods. Because of this the mandarin should only be placed in a well established reef system of at least 150 gallons.

 

Additional Information : A beautiful and peaceful fish - the mandarin goby would seem like the perfect reef fish. This fish can be quite difficult to keep alive due to its limited diet of copepods.

 

Tank Mate Compatibility : The mandarinfish will do well with non aggressive tank mates, but two male mandarinfish should never be mixed. This normally docile fish will fight viciously with another male mandarinfish.

 

Breeding Information: While some reef keepers have successfully bred mandarinfish, it is unknown what types of food the fry can eat and live off of.

 

Determining Sex: Males have a spike on the first dorsal fin.

 

Primary Area in Tank: Bottom

 

 

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