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PostSubject: mandarin   Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:47 am

Scientific Name: Synchiropus picturatus Common Names: Picturesque Dragonet, Psychedelic mandarinfish, Spotted Mandarinfish, Picture Dragonet Max. size: 7.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine Climate: tropical Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: Philippines, eastern Indonesia and northwest Australia. Biology: Found on sandy bottoms of shallow sheltered reefs. Secretive in rubble below living coral. Feeds on small benthic invertebrates. Aquarium Care: Challenging to feed. This species should be introduced to a well-established, peaceful, large and mature reef tank, with plenty of live substrate (rock and sand), hiding spots, and/or a productive refugium. Will most likely starve in new or barren tanks. Should not be housed with anemones, as they may eat this fish. Will ignore other fish species, but males will attack males of the same or similar species (S. spendidus). Males have a more elongated first dorsal spine compared to females. May bury itself in the sand at night or if threatened. Requires plenty of natural prey. Will accept vitamin-enriched live brine shrimp and live black worms, but is a methodical feeder that doesn't fare well with competitors. With training, the Picturesque Dragonet may accept frozen/defrosted foods.
this is a pic of mine one 2 years old,

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