Spot­ted Man­darin drag­onet

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - MARINE -

 Sci­en­tific name: Synchi­ro­pus pic­tura­tus

 Pro­nun­ci­a­tion: Sin-key-row-puss pick-tur-rah-tuss  Size: Around 7cm

 Ori­gin: Indo-west Pa­cific

 Avail­abil­ity and cost: Rel­a­tively com­mon; £20-40

The other com­monly seen Man­darin in the hobby is, in my ex­pe­ri­ence at least, more likely to ac­cept al­ter­na­tives to live food. Their chunky ap­pear­ance is en­dear­ing and they feed in the same me­thod­i­cal way as their psy­che­delic cousins, scru­ti­n­is­ing ev­ery square inch of sub­strate for the tini­est morsel. Sex­ing them can be tricky as the male’s rather mod­est first dor­sal fin spike can be dam­aged in tran­sit. How­ever, the largest in­di­vid­u­als of­fered for sale tend to be male, and fe­males turn up with rea­son­able reg­u­lar­ity.

You can tar­get feed this species with brineshrimp or small My­sis in a pipette. Sup­ple­men­tary nat­u­ral fauna in the aquar­ium is still strongly rec­om­mended.

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