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Starry Dragonet - Synchiropus stellatus - Small

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Starry Dragonets (Synchiropus stellatus) are also called Red Scooter Blennies. They have a mottled red, brown, and white coloration with a dark first dorsal fin. They are very similar in appearance to, but are much less common, than the Ocellated Dragonet, S. ocellatus.

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.

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Common NameStarry Dragonet
Scientific NameSynchiropus stellatus
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)3
Min Tank Size (in gallons)30
OriginIndian Ocean
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82

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