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Red Mandarin (Synchiropus cf. splendidus)
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Quick Stats

Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
Care Level Difficult
Temperament Peaceful
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 4"
Diet Carnivore
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The head and body of the Red Mandarin Dragonet are a mazelike combination of blue, orange, and red. Males may be distinguished from females by their extra-elongated first dorsal spine. The red variation of the Mandarin fish is a rare find in the industry and is extremely popular with aquarists because of its unusual beauty. Unlike the green mandarin, this red variant has much wider and more pronounced red stripes and red pectoral fins.

It should be kept in a well-established, 30-gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of live rock, live sand, and hiding places. It is moderately hardy in mature reef aquariums if given special care. It is not overly aggressive towards other fish, except for conspecifics.

It feeds on a variety of vitamin-enriched live brine shrimp, live black worms, and natural prey on tiny crustaceans found in live rock and live sand.

Looking for the best food to feed your Dragonettes? We recommend AlgaGen Tisbe biminiensis.

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

Customer Testimonials

Denise McL South China , ME
You need to get one. They are very colorful, males even more so because of their dorsal fin. The red is more of a darker reddish orange. The fish has lots of markings and is one of my favorites. So easy to please and a joy to watch gliding from rock to rock or rock to the sand. Only have one of the mandarin (green, red, or spotted) though because they will tend to fight if not the opposite sex.
Louise T Menominee , MI
I was really worried about ordering a fish online, but this fish arrived in perfect condition. After introducing this fish into the tank, it immediately started exploring and picking copepods off the live rock. This is an absolutely beautiful fish. The fish is not quite as vivid as the picture, but it is absolutely amazing. This was my first fish purchased through LiveAquaria - and it won't be my last!
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