Ocellated Dragonet

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Synchiropus ocellatus - (Pallas, 1770)
Ocellated Dragonet

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This little dragonet needs an aquarium with plenty of live substrates to ensure it gets enough to eat. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This interesting little dragonet is usually indifferent toward other fishes, although it may be pestered by more pugnacious fishes. Like other members of the family, this species has a hard time competing for food with more vigorous eaters.

Family: Callionymidae

Other common name(s):

  • Mandarin-fish

Native range:

Habitat: In the wild, this species inhabits sandy areas of lagoon and seaward reefs. It is also found in small, loose groups in sheltered rocky reef habitats.

Maximum length: 6 cm (2 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 76 L (20 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

It will eat black worms, live brine shrimp, and mysid shrimp. Target feeding is often needed to ensure it gets enough to eat. Feed three times per day in a tank without live sand.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

It may quarrel with members of its own kind in a small tank, but if your tank is large enough (has enough surface area) more than one male can be kept, although keeping a male with one or more females is more prudent. All should be introduced simultaneously.

[edit] Special Care

Keep in a tank with a bed of well-established live sand, possibly with an attached refugium.

[edit] Notes

It is sexually dimorphic, with males getting larger than females and having a larger first dorsal fin.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Ocellated DragonetRDF feed
Common name Ocellated Dragonet  +, and Mandarin-fish  +
Family Callionymidae  +
Genus Synchiropus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 2 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 20 gal  +
Native range Western Pacific  +, Southern Japan  +, Marquesan Islands  +, and Eastern Indian Ocean  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name ocellatus  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +