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Spotted Mandarin Synchiropus picturatus


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That's sand. he likes to chase his own reflection in the glass and always dig up the fine substrate.

 

Thanks for your concerns.

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any fish in the drogaonet family is impermeable to ich they can never get it do to the slimy layer of mucus

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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.

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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!

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Yea you can tell its sand and I have read the same thing that they cannot get ick due to slime layer. SO GREAT that the LFS you got him at gets them on prepared foods. So many people get these guys and simply not enough pods and such to eat, so so sad to see them starving bellies all sunkin in :( Kudos, and do you suppliment with ant vit. such as Vita-chem, would brighten up his colors even more and in all respects, make him healthier. I swear by vita chem, seems to keep the fish more full also, if thats even possible. :) Nice Shot!

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Actually thier Slime Layer is highly toxic to other fish when and if they try to eat a mandarin. Also it looks like a nice female you have, Bacause females have a more slender head than the males.

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