Other Mandarinfish Names:
Mandarin Goby, Psychedelic Fish, Psychedelic Goby, Mandarin Dragonet
Mandarinfish Scientific Name:
Alternate Scientific Name:
Callionymus splendidus, Neosynchiropus splendidus, Pterosynchiropus splendidus
Mandarinfish Ease of Care:
Mandarinfish Reef Safety:
Group: Blennies (Blenny Fishes)
Distribution: Western Pacific reefs
Mandarinfish Adult Size: 2.5 inches (cm)
Mandarinfish Minimum Tank Size:
Generally peaceful, but males of the same species will fight viciously.
Mandarinfish Diet & Nutrition:
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.
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.
Mandarinfish Breeding & Spawning:
While some reef keepers have successfully bred mandarinfish, it is unknown what types of food the fry can eat and live off of.
Determining Mandarinfish Sex:
Males have a spike on the first dorsal fin.