|Latin name||Synchiropus picturatus - (Peters, 1877)|
|Local name||Picturesque dragonet|
|Family||Callionymidae - Synchiropus|
|Max length||6 cm (2,4")|
|Minimum volume||200 cm (53 gal)|
|Suitable for aquarium||Suitable with care|
|Reef safe||Always reef safe|
|Aggressiveness||Mostly peaceful but might be aggressive towards similar species|
Zooplankton (Cyclops, pods...)
Small crustaceans (Krill, mysis, artemia...)
This species thrives best in an aquarium with sufficient food on the live rocks. A large number of pods should be visible in the aquarium before acquiring this species.
If it is to be kept in a small or newly set up aquarium be prepared to supplement with live zooplankton. This is not recommended as it takes a lot of effort in order for the fish to thrive.
Some individuals learn, over time, to eat frozen food, but it is hard to supply them with enough. It must also be of high quality and sufficiently varied.
They are not particularly good at catching their food in the water column, especially if uninterested in it.
One should be very patient in order for this to function, or alternatively invest in an appropriate feeding device.
This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.
This species can be bred in captivity, one can therefore consider asking your local fish store for a captive bred specimen.
Dragonets (Callionymidae) will keep to the bottom of the tank and between the rocks, and only rarely swim in open water.
They live of small pods on rocks. The species in this family are therefore best suited to aquaria with sufficient populations of pods. Because of this, Dragonets are best suited to tanks which have been active for about a year, or one where the tank is teeming with pods under the rocks.
These fish are, however, easy to keep and peaceful, if their food requirements are met.
Multiple Dragonets can be kept together, but one should avoid having two males at the same time. Males will normally have a stronger colour and the front dorsal fin is larger.
Be cautious about keeping Dragonets together with anemones, as one runs the risk of the anemones eating them.
These fish are extremely resistant to whitespot and other parasites, but are not completely immune. They cannot, however, tolerate copper and other types of medicine very well.
The fish should be active and in good condition when bought.
If one plans on trying to feed this fish replaqcement foods, because of lack of pods, look for a fish which already eats frozen food, at the dealer.
|Distribution||Indo-West Pacific: Philippines, eastern Indonesia and northwest Australia.|
|English common names||
Green spot mandarin
Bob Fenner. Mandarins, Psychedelic "Gobies", Dragonets, Scooter Blennies....YAH! Family Callionymidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
2008. Fish profile: Mandarinfish - Reefkeeping Magazine - (English)
Henry C. Schultz. 2005. Mandarin Medley - Reefkeeping Magazine - (English)
Matthew L. Wittenrich. 2010. Breeding Mandarins - Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine - (English)
"Minimum volume" indicates the size of the tank needed to house this species under optimal conditions.
This is based on a medium size animal, which you want to keep for several years.
It might be possible to keep smaller specimens for a limited period in a smaller tank. A larger tank might be needed for fully-grown specimens.
"Hardiness" indicates how resistant this species is to disease and how well i tolerates bad conditions in general.
Some species doesn't handle transportation very well, but that doesn't mean that the species isn't hardy under the right conditions.
In this case, a "normal" aquarium is a reef aquarium with mixed corals or a fish only aquarium with an approximately salinity of 1.026 (sg) and a temperature close to 26°C.
Species requiring more than a 4000-liter tank are considered not suitable for home aquarium.
Special aquariums may cover tanks with low salinity, sub-tropical temperature, deep sand bed, sea grass etc.
Always reef safe: No sources indicate that this species will harm corals or other invertebrates.
Often reef safe: Only a few aquarists has reported problems keeping this species with corals and other invertebrates.
Reef safe with caution: This species may be a threat to some types of invertebrates.
Reef safe with luck: Most specimens will harm corals and/or other invertebrates, but you might be lucky.
Not reef safe: This species is a threat to most corals and/or other invertebrates.