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Orange & Black Dragonet
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Orange & Black Dragonet (Dactylopus kuiteri)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Difficult
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Tan
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 6"
Origin Indo-Pacific
Family Callionymidae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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The Orange and Black Dragonet is also referred to as the Salifin Dragonet. Its body is a mottling of brown and white with large dark spots and orange lips. The lower fin is loaded with bright blue spots. The large dorsal fin of this species is often displayed upright making the fish appear much larger than it actually is. This odd fish has finger like appendages on each pelvic fin enabling the fish to walk about the tank, and at night they will often bury themselves in the sand with just their eyes protruding from the substrate.

Orange and Black Dragonets prefers a reef aquarium of 50 gallons or larger with lots of live rock to hide in and graze from. The substrate should be live sand and the aquarium should have docile inhabitants. More than one of its species may be kept, and it is best to introduce them all to the tank at the same time.

The Orange and Black Dragonet's diet should consist of small crustaceans that are present in the well-established reef aquarium that contains plenty of live rock. Brine shrimp, bloodworms and glassworms, and small invertebrates may be offered daily in order to supplement their diet. These fish are slow-moving, deliberate feeders and should not have to compete for their food with aggressive feeders.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/4" Medium: 2-1/4" to 3-1/2" Large: 3-1/2" to 5"

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