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      Mandarin Dragonets

      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.

      FAQs About Mandarin Dragonets

      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.

      These fish are best kept in reef tanks with other peaceful, smaller fish that will not out compete them for food. They are generally considered safe with coral, shrimp, and other reef invertebrates.

      Although some can be converted to eating pellets and frozen brine or mysis shrimp, their primary diet is copepods.

      Although peaceful, mandarins can be very territorial to their own species and only one fish or one male/female pair should be kept per tank.