Psychedelic Mandarin

Psychedelic Mandarin

The Psychedelic Mandarin is unarguably the most colourful and interesting marine fish to look at in the ocean. Its body consists of a maze structured array of lines coloured in blue, orange, and green. Additionally, it can be noted that the males can be distinguished from females simply by identifying lengthened first dorsal spine. 

In order to keep this fish thriving in your marine aquarium, it is important to firstly have an aquarium of at least 150 litres, preferably with a variety of live rock for hiding within and live sand for scouting across. Though, many think this fish is extremely delicate and hard to care for, if housed for correctly it can actually be very hardy and long lived in captivity. Additionally, this fish is very peaceful towards other tank mates, however with housed with the same family it can become aggressive towards it. 

Similar to its family members, this dragonet will also perch upon live rock, browse upon the sand, hide within caves and continuously be on the hunt for live copepods that live within your live rock. Some aquarists have had great success in adding live copepods if they have had a problem in feeding the mandarin organically. 

The mandarin may originally only feed on live copepods, however as it begins to settle in, it will begin to feed on brine shrimp and other foods found within the sand and on live rock. 

Minimum Tank Size150 Litres
Care Level: Difficult
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 4"
Colour Form: Blue, Green, Orange
Diet: Carnivore
Family: Callionymidae
Origin: Philippines

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. Definitely one of the most colourful fish you can add to your tank. I have had mine for 2 years now as its been amazing to watch. However, it was difficult to feed at first I had to target feed it with a chopped coke bottle over the top of it, but now it will swim round and get its own food. Just make sure its not kept with overly aggressive eaters that will take all the food and leave nothing for the mandarin.

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