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Mandarin fish

  • Scientific name: The magnificent Synchiropus
  • Common name: Mandarin fish, Mandarin goby, Dragon fish
  • Size of the aquarium: 200 liters
  • Temperament: Quiet
  • Temperature: 24ºC a 27ºC
  • pH: Among eight.1 and 8.4
  • Diet: Carnivoros
  • Length: Up to eight centimeters


Mandarin fish ( The magnificent Synchiropus) It is suitable for marine aquarium. It's a kind of family Callionímidos. This tropical fish very attractive because of its morphology and coloration, from which it takes its nickname: Mandarin fish, for its resemblance to the imperial robes of Chinese officials. It is also curious that is devoid of scales. For lovers of diving, see the mating of this species is a spectacle, although we must be willing to dive into the sunset. They are peaceful and suitable for a community marine aquarium, in which there should be more males of their species, as They are very territorial.


They are small fish, its cylindrical body and devoid of scales, measures no more than eight centimeters. Your skin is covered with a film of fat stinky and toxic, it may have its mission repel potential predators. In his head broad and depressed, We found a small protráctil mouth, where you can find several rows of teeth very fine. googly eyes are also striking and distinctive, Y its dorsal fin divided into two. It is a fish that moves the seabed, This is demonstrated ventrals, adapted to facilitate movement by the substrate. Perhaps most striking I, and so it is a fish so much demand, it is skin coloration with green background, stripes in different colors: you orange, blue, rojas, even yellowed.

sexual dimorphism

Sexual dimorphism is very evident. Males have a dorsal fin larger than females, the first radius is twice in males than in females. And Males also have a much brighter color, females.

Distribution and habitat

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Mandarin fish It is native to the Pacific Ocean, in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and in Australia. It usually lives in coral reefs, always close to the seabed, where it finds its food.

Aquarium conditions

Need a marine aquarium well established and mature, with a minimum size 200 liters. They must be able to provide spaces where refugiar, They are rather timid fish.

Water parameters

They do not tolerate water very nitrogenous. Water conditions, to keep them in optimal conditions:

  • Temperature: 24ºC to 27ºC between
  • pH: Between 8.1 y eight.4
  • GH: 5º a 10
  • Density: 1.025


The biggest challenge to have Mandarin fish in the aquarium is feeding, and acclimation to aquarium life. They are released fish are predators. In the aquarium not accept dead food with ease, and that a challenge, especially for beginners. We can feed with live Artemia, we must raise us. Is not difficult, provided we have the necessary preparations. Gradually accustom you can also eat frozen foods. Also captive predilection for filamentous green algae.

Behavior and compatibility

They are peaceful fish, what They come to completely ignore other species. Nevertheless, They are very territorial, do not admit that there is another specimen male in the same aquarium, if they accepted without any problem you have one or more females.


Mandarin get the fish lay eggs in captivity, It is not too complicated, The really difficult thing is to get the fry get ahead. The routine begins when courtship is about to sunset. In order to succeed in the aquarium, there should be three to five female by a male. After a long parade will circular females accept the male. The couple lines together, belly-to-belly and rise to the surface. At a breaking point, the female releases her eggs and the male his sperm. Fertilized eggs are at the mercy of the current. From that moment, The eggs take between 18 Y 24 hours to hatch. During its first two weeks of life feed on plankton.

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