Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 4"
Mandarin Gobies, also referred to as Mandarin Dragonets, Mandarinfish, Mandarins, and Psychedelic Gobies, are by-and-by one of the most beautiful and exotic types of fish on the market. Thanks to their mesmerizing stripes and dizzying colors, Mandarins are a super-hot commodity among reef hobbyists.
The Mandarin, with vibrant blue-green rivers of pigment running across its body, is an unmistakable fish that’s sure to be the highlight of your aquarium or refugium. They originate from the warm pacific waters in and around the Indonesia, the Philippines, and Australia.
Despite the fact that Mandarin Gobies are such a staple in the reefing enthusiast’s collection, they still reign supreme as one of the hardest types of fish to keep alive. Letting them thrive is a different story altogether.
The way the Mandarin Goby feeds in the wild (eating large amounts of live shrimp, copepods, and worms) makes for a tough time recreating the conditions. Malnourishment is one of the most common fates to befall a captive Mandarin. Much of the time, they won’t even touch the food you put out for them.
Does that mean you should give up on the Goby and pop for an easier, less finicky fish? Absolutely not. With a little TLC and the right, very specific conditions, Mandarin Gobies can be a breeze to take care of. As gorgeous as they are, you’ll be glad you made the effort.
Introduce this beautiful fish and draw attention to your aquarium. The Green Mandarin Dragonet can never be compared to any other fish. It has the most attractive and vivid coloration and pattern. The Green Mandarin Dragonet features scaleless body in green with orange wavy lines across it. Not only this, its tail is bright red with blue edging. The Green Mandarin Dragonet is also known as Psychedelic fish due to its bizarre coloration. The male fish is larger and also features a large pointed dorsal fin. Although, more often it is named as Mandarin Goby, but they are not gobies, rather they belong to Dragonets family. The Green Mandarin Dragonet is found in groups or pairs, and mainly on sandy bottoms between reef crests, and is indigenous to Philippine area. It is one of the most commonly sold fish, and at the same time it is most delicate in nature and needs care to maintain its longevity, due to its feeding habits. It mainly feeds on live amphipoda and copepods, and these can be found only in larger reef tanks. The Green Mandarin Dragonet is very stringent in eating habits, as some of them can take even frozen foods. It basically use the front fins while looking for the food. The Green Mandarin Dragonet takes lot of time to get adjusted to a captive diet. It is extremely docile as well as non-aggressive, which makes it safe to keep in any aquarium along with other inhabitants. Due to its thick slime covering, it is resistant to parasitic diseases.