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  • Will reach a max size of 8cm
  • Reef safe species perfect for your aquarium
  • Will require a minimum of 135 litres
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What is the Swell Mandarin Dragonet?

The Mandarin Dragonet is a small species of fish, only reaching a maximum size of around 8cm with the males being larger than the females. They feature a psychedelic pattern with wavy patterns of red, orange, blue and green and despite them being a carnivorous species they will make an excellent addition to your reef aquarium. It is best to only house one male per aquarium and make sure that the other species of fish that you have are not aggressive or very large as this will scare the Dragonet and will cause it to hide and release a toxin which while can be toxic, the main drawback is that it smells awful. They are known to be a very difficult species to keep due to their eating habits, in the wild they will eat on small crustaceans such as copepods and amphipods but when they are in an aquarium they are fairly picky eaters and will rarely eat any frozen food that you give them, instead they will need a constant supply of live copepods to survive. Before you get a Mandarin Dragonet you need to make sure that you have a tank that has been established for around one year and make sure that you have live rocks to allow them to hide

How are these fish delivered to you?

The delivery time for your fish will be two working days if ordered before 2pm Monday - Thursday, and if you ordered after 2pm on a Thursday until Sunday then they should arrive with you by Tuesday. They will arrive in a polystyrene box and be bagged with oxygen which will allow them to stay packaged for up to 48 hours, if they are ordered during winter they will also come with heat pads for warmth. There is a one off £30 delivery charge regardless of how many fish you buy per order.

How do you acclimatise this fish to your aquarium

You need to carefully acclimate your fish when they arrive. To find out all this information and much more be sure to check out our Complete Guide to Buying Live Aquarium Fish Online

Scientific name Synchiropus splendidus
Max size 8cm
Minimum Tank size 135 litres
Coral Safe? Yes
Invertebrate Safe? Yes
Care level? Difficult
Group Size? 1 male per aquarium
Dietary Requirements Carnivorous
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