Mandarin Dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus)

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The Mandarin Dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus) is a strikingly colorful, reef-dwelling fish native to the Indo-Pacific region. With vibrant hues of blue, green, orange, and red, it's a prized addition to marine aquariums. Known for its graceful movements and unique appearance, it requires a well-established tank with plenty of live rock and hiding places. Due to its specialized diet of small crustaceans and copepods, maintaining a thriving population of these prey organisms is essential. Tank parameters should be closely monitored, maintaining stable temperatures between 22-26°C, pH levels of 8.1-8.4, and a specific gravity of 1.020-1.025. Regular water changes and diligent care ensure the health and vitality of these captivating creatures.

Care Requirements:

- Tank Size: Minimum 75 litres for a single specimen, larger for multiples.
- Temperature: 22-26°C.
- pH: 8.1-8.4.
- Specific Gravity: 1.020-1.025.
- Tank Setup: Plenty of live rock with hiding spots.
- Diet: Live copepods, amphipods, and small crustaceans. Consider culturing or purchasing these organisms.
- Water Quality: Regular testing and maintenance; frequent water changes.
- Tank Mates: Peaceful species compatible with reef environments; avoid aggressive fish that may outcompete for food.
- Acclimation: Slow, gradual acclimation to tank conditions to minimize stress.
- Behavior: Peaceful but may be territorial with conspecifics; keep one per tank unless in a large, well-established system.
- Lighting: Moderate to subdued lighting preferred.
- Compatibility: Research tank mates carefully to ensure peaceful cohabitation.

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