Green Mandarin Dragonet - Synchiropus picturatus - Small

SKU: 211542
Manufacturer: That Fish Place
MPN: F91 0007 0100

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The Green Mandarin Dragonet (Synchiropus picturatus) is also known as the "Psychedelicfish", "Picturesque Dragonet", "Spotted Mandarin" or the "Target Mandarin". It has a greenish-tan body with dark green spots edged with orange and lighter green. It is best to keep only one per tank. Multiples may exhaust the food supplies quickly and males of the same species will often fight. Another dragonet, S. splendidus, is also sometimes called the "Green Mandarin" but has a very different appearance.

Dragonets are bottom-dwelling fish with colorations that often resemble the substrate they are found around. They have flattened bodies with pointed faces designed for picking food like small crustaceans, copepods, amphipods and similar prey out of rockwork. They often have difficulty adapting to prepared food in the aquarium and should only be kept int well established tanks with lots of live rock and a healthy, populated sandbed to feed on. Dragonets are generally peaceful, docile fish. They move in short "scooting" motions and can be terrorized by more aggressive or territorial tankmates. They are ideal for reef aquariums as they will not bother corals or larger inverts.

Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists on Dragonet feeding and care and many other aquarium-related topics!


F91 0007 0100
That Fish Place
Common NameGreen Mandarin Dragonet - Small
Scientific NameSynchiropus picturatus
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)3
Min Tank Size (in gallons)55
OriginIndo-west Pacific
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
DietCarnivore - eats copepods, almost exclusively
Temperature Range75-82
Internal Id

State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico


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Very Pretty Colors


This guy was nice to have for the few days he lasted in our tank. He wasn't covered under the 5 day guarantee, so we didn't get our money back for him. Make sure you read the fine print to find out which animals are covered and which ones aren't if you're having them shipped.