Mandarin Gobies are small, brilliantly colored reef-safe fish that should only be kept in well-established aquariums with plenty of live rock and live sand due to their specialized diet. Although these fish may be able to be converted to pellet or frozen food, they often will only eat their natural diet which consists of tiny crustaceans called copepods. The two most common Mandarins are the Green Mandarin and the Spotted Mandarin, both of which present a rainbow of beautiful colors across their body and fins.
Although these fish are highly sought after for their beauty, their specialized diet makes them only recommended for experienced aquarists. They are a peaceful fish with all but other mandarins, and should be housed with other small, peaceful species. As both the Mandarin and their food requires stable water quality, special care should be taken in monitoring and management of water parameters.
Mandarins should be kept in an aquarium no smaller than 29 gallons, however these tanks should be well established with plenty of live sand and live rock in order to sustain their natural diet of copepods.