Spotted Mandarin (Synchiropus picturatus) Care
The Spotted Mandarin, Synchiropus picturatusa, is also known as the Picturesque Dragonet. These fish come from the Indo-West Pacific region. They have a green body with a combination of bright blue, orange, and black spots.
These fish are carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as mysis and brine shrimp and finely chopped seafood.
The Spotted Mandarin can grow to be about 4″ and will do best in well-established aquariums of at least 30 gallons. They are fairly slow swimmers and should not be kept in a tank with aggressive fish. Only one male can be kept in an aquarium; males can be identified by their elongated first dorsal spine.
They are reef safe and will not harm corals, but may nip at small invertebrates.
Approximate Purchase Size
Tiny: up to 3/4”
Small: 3/4” to 1”
Small-Medium: 1” to 1-1/2”
Medium: 1-1/2” to 2”
Medium-Large: 2” to 2-1/2”
Large: 2-1/2” to 3”
Extra Large: 3” to 3-1/2”
Extra Extra Large: over 3-1/2”