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Spotted Mandarin Goby

 
Spotted Mandarin Goby Fish - Synchiropus picturatus The Spotted Mandarinfish, also referred to as the Spotted Mandarin, Psychedelic Mandarinfish or Picture Dragonet, was first found in the Western Pacific Ocean in 1976...


Scientific Name Synchiropus picturatus


Common Names Spotted Mandarinfish, Spotted Mandarin, Psychedelic Mandarinfish, Psychedelic Fish, Picture Dragonet


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Great fish that I never recommend someone get featured

Comments Comments Because of the unique and attractive appearance of this fish, many aquarists want one but the fact is, few are set up to properly care for it. The main problem is feeding. Though some aquarists have luck getting them to take prepared foods, most mandarins will only eat live stuff like amphipods. In many tanks the mandarin will eat all of them, then starve. They are also not very aggressive feeders so if you have one that does eat prepared foods it is likely to be out competed by other fish.

Because of the above, these fish are usually already in poor shape when they arrive at the fish store and generally do poorly even with careful acclimation.

They are great in a species tank, a very large reef tank with a good population of amphipods, or if kept by an aquarist willing to grow their food in a farm tank, or spend the money to buy large amounts of them, which is possible via the Internet.


Liked about it 1. Very attractive fish.
2. Non-aggressive
3. Affordable


Didn't like 1. Specialized diet means not likely to survive or will take lots of work on part of aquarist to grow the food it needs or buy it.
2. Usually emaciated upon purchase.


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By tcamos
Sep 27, 2010
 
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my experience with this fish featured

Comments i had her in a 3 gallon quarantine tank and fed her live brine shrimp which he would eat very eagerly. the next day i froze some of the shrimp to see if she would eat frozen brine. he took a few. the day after that i gave her some hikari frozen blood worms which are enriched with vitamins, etc. she took a few. i fed the frozen foods inbetween feedings of live brine making sure that she would be hungry and have room in her stomach for the frozen foods. now i have her taking frozen bloodworms regularly and stopped with the live brine. i transferred her to my 10 gallon tank which has a lot of gammarus shrimp living in it along with my scooter dragonet and occellaris clownfish and 2 emerald crabs and 2 peppermint shrimps and 2 white hermits. everyone is doing well. i work from home and feed them whenever i see that the bloodworms are gone. i put in like an 8th of a cube at a time. so basically every few hours would be fine. they are very slow eaters and just pick at stuff all day long. i think this is why they die on people. most people don't have all this time on their hands to give them this kind of care. these fish are small and the blood worms seem to be the perfect size for them. also, i always put the worms in the same place for them and also sprinkle some pellets there too. this is for the other animals living in the tank so they dont eat all the worms that are for the fish. so if you're going to try this fish, please feed them as many times a day as humanly possible.


Liked about it this is the best fish ever


Didn't like feeding requirements


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By peasofme
Sep 26, 2010
 
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Expert only fish that should only be kept in large mature systems.

Comments These are one of the most amazing fish out there, they are cheap and beautiful. Unfortunately too many people buy them not know their requirements. Mandarins will almost never eat prepared foods and can decimate a tanks pod population quickly. At that point they usually starve to death. Although these fish require a relatively small tank it takes a large tank to sustain their feeding requirements. Please no not consider this fis for anything less than 100 gallons that has been setup for at least a year. I love this fish but will never own another.


Liked about it Color and patterns on this fish are just amazing.
This fish is usually out and about looking for food.
Gets along with all other fish.
This is usually an affordable fish.


Didn't like Too many of these fish die in tanks that cannot support them.


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By ckusnierek
May 20, 2010
 
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Great fish if you have prepared for it

Comments Mandarins are gorgeous fish, but require a lot of preparation to care for them. They need lots of live food, and eat almost exclusively copepods and small amphipods. It's important to have a large tank (I wouldn't put one in a tank smaller than 55gal) full of live rock with a productive refugium. If you have a large enough tank and it's mature and stable, you should be able to enjoy the beauty that is a Mandarin Goby.


Liked about it Beautiful
Swims near the bottom of the tank, unlike most other fish


Didn't like Can be difficult to get them eating if they are not fat and healthy when you buy them.
Often will not accept frozen foods, which many people think they will when their tanks aren't mature enough yet for a Mandarin.


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By schneijt
Jul 28, 2009
 
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