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Spotted Mandarin Synchiropus picturatus

    Christopher Marks
    Sep 03 2006 07:40 AM
    Looks like he has ich?
    Sep 03 2006 01:11 PM
    Yeah he doesn't look too good.
    That's sand. he likes to chase his own reflection in the glass and always dig up the fine substrate. Thanks for your concerns.
    any fish in the drogaonet family is impermeable to ich they can never get it do to the slimy layer of mucus
    are they hard to take care of? what sized tank do u have ?

    are they hard to take care of? what sized tank do u have ?

    There are many threads on the forum regarding the care requirements of a mandarin fish. To sum it up in a few sentences is as follows: If the mandarin in question isn't eating frozen, then you need a large and mature tank to sustain their natural food source. However, if the mandarin is eating frozen food readily and you feed a good frozen food like mysis, then any tank size which the mandarin can swim around in comfortably should be adequate.

    My mandarin is eating frozen mysis since day 1. He's been in a 35 liter (10g) tank for just a little over 6 months and still maintaining his body weight. I have plans to plumb in a large display refugium just to entertain him.
    Very cool. Did it eat mysis when you bought it?
    He sure did! I got a demo in the shop of him chasing mysis around. Since then, I saw an another 4 mandarin fish eating frozen from that same shop. These included both blue and red S. splendidus and green and red S. picturatus. Quite cool eh! Seems like we aussies got quite the monopoly on mandarins eating frozen!
    Sep 05 2006 10:55 PM
    Indeed ;) lol nice pic.
    Sep 09 2006 08:22 AM
    Great colors.