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Scooter Dragonet

posted: 05/15/12
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Scooter Dragonet
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The Scooter Dragonet is also known as Scooter Blenny or Ocellated Dragonet. It has a mottled brown and white body with red highlights. The male usually has brighter colors and a larger first dorsal fin.

A 30 gallon or larger reef aquarium that has live sand substrate, docile inhabitants, and lots of live rock makes the ideal aquarium for the Scooter Dragonet. More than one of its species may be kept; if so, it is best to introduce them all to the tank at the same time. The ratio should be 2 or 3 females per male. A 55 gallon or larger aquarium is required if more than one male is to be kept.

The Scooter Dragonet may be a difficult fish to keep due to its feeding habits. The Scooter Dragonet will sift through the sand for food. Finely cut meaty foods and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp may be acceptable substitutes.

Fish Facts

Name: Scooter Dragonet (Synchiropus ocellatus)

Family: Callionymidae

Range: Western Pacific

Size: Up to 5 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, 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: Medium

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Difficult

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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