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Red Scooter Dragonet

 
Pet Supplies:Aquarium & Fish:Tropical Fish:Marine Species


Scientific Name Synchiropus stellatus


Common Names Starry Dragonet, Red Scooter Blenny, Stellate Dragonet


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Comments I fell in love with the Red Scooter Dragonet at a fish store, but the person working advised me against it. I began some research and saw a lot of the same comments. It's hard to feed, and only for advanced aquarists. While I have some pods running around in my tank, it was not enough to feed one. Also, my first ever reef tank (only a 30 gallon) had just finished it's cycle. I didn't have the necessary food or experience for this little guy. But, when I saw one at my most trusted retailer, I decided to give it a shot since they're relatively inexpensive. It turns out, she'd had him for a month and been feeding him frozen mysis shrimp. My Scooter has been doing great. In fact, he wont eat the pods in the tank, I'm assuming because the frozen shrimp is so much easier. However, I do notice I have to watch and make sure he eats or all my other inhabitants will eat it before he gets a chance.

He's not aggressive, he allows my shrimp to clean him, and doesn't mess with any of my other fish or corals. However, he does puff up when he spots his reflection so I'm assuming he could be aggressive to another male. Also, it's pretty entertaining to sit and watch him move around.

I wouldn't discourage anyone from giving it a shot with one of these, but you should make sure the one you want to buy will eat something other than the natural food in your tank before purchasing.


Liked about it -Beautiful Colorings
-Great Personality
-Gets along with everything in my tank


Didn't like -I wish he would move a little quicker at feeding time, but if he's hungry enough, he will.


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5.0

By MayFields
Feb 23, 2011
 
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Similar care to other dragonets: difficult and for experts only featured

Comments Like the Mandarin, the red scooter dragonet (most commonly sold as the red scooter blenny), has very specific feeding requirements and doesn't readily take prepared foods, even fresh frozen ones. This makes the chances of the fish surviving very slim, and sadly enough the reason for its death will likely be starvation. Some individuals will eat prepared foods, and if you can get one of these, do, but ask to see it eat the prepared foods first, don't just take someone's word for it, this is too important.

If, like most of us, you can't get a scooter that eats prepared foods, you will need to make sure your tank can sustain it. A mature tank (1 year old) with at least 60-70 pounds of live rock should house enough infauna to feed it. Even so, it is a good idea to occasionally add copepods to the tank to keep them in stock and add to the genetic diversity of the population. I have also read about aquarists having success with Cyclop-eeze or baby brine shrimp but have not tried that yet myself.

Almost certainly your new purchase will be almost starved to death when buy it, and will be skinning as a result. If properly fed you will see it plump up over the course of a couple of months. To get to that point it will constantly be "pecking" at the rock and sand. You may also see it pecking at a coral, this isn't to eat the coral, but rather to get some tasty treat that just happened to be crawling there at the time, don't worry, it won't harm your corals. This is totally reef-safe fish.

Aside from being reef-safe, the red scooter is also an easy going fish as far as temperament is concerned. I've never had mine act aggressively toward any other fish in the tank. Also, since it roams around the whole tank it will inevitably pass through some other fish's territory, the scooter will just quickly move on when confronted and the event passes in a moment with no harm done. Most fish will simply ignore it though.

While perhaps not as attractive as the mandarins the red scooter blenny is an attractive fish with an interesting pattern and nice red tinge. That, and the fun scooting movement from which it derives its name makes this fish a quick favorite of family and friends.

If kept in a proper tank this fish is hardy, if not, it will starve to death.


Liked about it 1. Fun behavior (pecking), movement (scooting), and coloration
2. Affordable
3. Even tempered


Didn't like 1. Usually doesn't eat prepared foods making it difficult, if not impossible, for the average aquarist to keep.


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3.0

By tcamos
Jun 28, 2010
 
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Great fish for an established tank

General If you buy these fish it is best to get one male and the rest females. Make sure you have an established tank (50+ gallons) with lots of pods to keep them well fed. The male will have a very large fin (1/2"-3/4") that looks like a flag when it is up. A female has a very short fin. (1/8"-1/4") You will be able to see the males flag even when it is down it will look like a point going off to the side. I did not know this when I bought mine and I have two males and one female. The males where from the same batch so they are behaved, but it would be best just to get only one male.


Liked about it They are very fun to watch and will hover all around your rock work.


Didn't like Sometimes they are hard to keep well fed.


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