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The Blue Mandarin Dragonet, scientifically known as Synchiropus splendidus, is a captivating and colorful saltwater fish that adds a stunning and exotic touch to marine aquariums. Renowned for its vibrant blue and orange coloration, the Blue Mandarin is a favorite among aquarium enthusiasts.


  • Average Size: 2.5 inches
  • Max Size: 3 inches
  • Tank Size Required: 30 gallons or larger


Temperament: Known for its peaceful nature, the Blue Mandarin is suitable for reef aquariums. However, it's important to note that it may not be compatible with aggressive or competitive feeders, as it primarily feeds on small invertebrates.


Unique Traits: The Blue Mandarin is celebrated for its striking appearance, featuring an intricate pattern of blue, orange, and green colors. Its finnage and ornate markings contribute to its dragonet moniker. Additionally, Blue Mandarins are known for their methodical and deliberate movements.


Origin: Native to the Indo-Pacific region, particularly around the Philippines, Indonesia, and Australia. It is often found in lagoons and sheltered reef areas.


Other Names:

  • Blue Mandarin Goby
  • Psychedelic Goby


Care Level: Moderate


Diet: Feeding the Blue Mandarin can be challenging, as it primarily relies on small invertebrates. It is advisable to provide a well-established tank with a thriving population of copepods and amphipods. Supplement its diet with enriched frozen foods such as mysis shrimp and finely chopped seafood.


Characteristics and Looks: This dragonet showcases a mesmerizing blend of vibrant blue and orange colors, with intricate patterns on its body and fins. Its large pectoral fins and elaborate dorsal fin contribute to its regal appearance. The Blue Mandarin's captivating looks make it a prized addition to reef aquariums.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 8.1-8.4
  • gH (General Hardness): 8-12 dGH
  • kH (Carbonate Hardness): 8-12 dKH
  • TDS (Total Dissolved Solids): 32-45 ppm
  • Temperature: 72-78°F


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."


Blue Mandarin Goby

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