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      Scientific Name: Synchiropus splendidus
      Common Names: Mandarin Dragonet, Green Mandarinfish, Striped Mandarinfish
      Max. size: 6.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 18 m
      Climate: tropical; 24 - 26°C
      Distribution: Western Pacific: Ryukyu Islands to Australia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 4; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 6-8. Rare individuals have a bright red ground color. Preopercular spine 0[2-5/0]1.
      Biology: Inhabits shallow protected lagoons and inshore reefs. Found on silty bottoms with coral and rubble. Usually in small groups spread over small area. Has been reared in captivity. Well-known aquarium fish
      Aquarium Care: Challenging to feed. This species has a poor survival record among aquarists, as it often starves in newly set-up or sterile tanks. To increase chances of sustaining a healthy fish, introduce into a well-established, peaceful and mature reef aquarium with plenty of live substrate (rock and sand) and hiding spots. Caution should be used when housing with sea anemones. Despite the presence of a noxious slime that deters potential fish predators, the Mandarin Dragonet may be eaten by an anemone. Will ignore other fish species, but males will attack males of the same species. Males have a more elongated first dorsal spine than females. The Mandarin Dragonet may bury in the sand at night or if threatened. This species should be provided plenty of natural prey. Will accept vitamin-enriched live brine and live black worms, but is a methodical feeder that doesn't do well with competitors. With training, the Mandarin Dragonet may accept frozen/defrosted foods. Live and starter cultures can be purchased to help stock rufugiums.
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  1.   Wed January 19, 2005 4:48pm Rating: 10.00 

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  1.   Sat February 19, 2005 12:17am Rating: 8.00 

    1. Very nice picture
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  1.   Sat March 26, 2005 11:17pm Rating: 10.00 
    1. djmorg
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  1.   Fri April 1, 2005 6:41pm Rating: 10.00 
    1. Jiddy
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  1.   Tue April 26, 2005 5:23pm Rating: 10.00 
    1. jeffkeith_us
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      These beautiful creatures will eat the bad guys that eat your coral.

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  1.   Sun June 12, 2005 2:09pm Rating: 9.00 
    1. ribbetribbet
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      I have a 7 1/2 foot marin tank and i have had a female mandarin in it for 2 years, when i added a male to the tank she swam over as he was let out of the bag, they both swam off to gether and where trying to breed in the water in flow area of my tank for about a week untill he died from a bit from one of my maroon clown fish that are breeding aswell in a hole shell rear the in flow area of the tank.
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  1.   Wed June 29, 2005 9:15am Rating: 10.00 

    1. Badass fish.
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  1.   Fri September 2, 2005 4:46pm Rating: 10.00 

    1. it is a nice picture.I am staff from Sipadan Water Village Resort and i was currently saw this fish at one of the diving site at Kapalai Island. It is small and beautiful. we have this mandarin fish at Paradise2 only when night dive.
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  1.   Sat July 15, 2006 10:46am Rating: 10.00 
    1. JustTammy
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      A very beautiful picture and fish. I have a female in my reef tank and she is one of my favorite.
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  1.   Sun August 20, 2006 10:14pm Rating: 10.00 
    1. skyesfire
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      I absolutely love these. They are so beautiful. I have been trying to find a great picture like yours to save on my computer for a background. Any ideas where to find one that is .jpg!?!
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  1.   Sun December 17, 2006 11:27am Rating: 10.00 
    1. matts125
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      Registered: June 2005
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      beautiful fish!!!!

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  1.   Wed February 20, 2008 10:36am Rating: 7.00 
    1. memer07
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      nice pic
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  1.   Sun March 23, 2008 8:29am Rating: 10.00 
    1. hank
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      good shot

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