Aquarium Fish

Green Mandarinfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Green Mandarinfish
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The head and body of the Green Mandarinfish, also known as the Striped Mandarinfish or Green Mandarin, are a maze-like combination of blue, orange, and green. Males may be distinguished from females by their more-elongated first dorsal spine. It is extremely popular with aquarists because of its unusual beauty.

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

The Green Mandarinfish has been known to spawn successfully while in the aquarium.

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

Fish Facts

Name: Green Mandarinfish (Pterosynchiropus splendidus, Synchiropus splendidus)

Family: Callionymidae

Range: Western Pacific

Size: Up to 4 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Live rock and live sand, plants

Reef Compatible: Yes

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Experts only

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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