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Starry Dragonet

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Synchiropus stellatus - Smith, 1963
Starry Dragonet

This dragonet needs an aquarium with live substrates on live rock or in live sand to ensure that it gets enough to eat. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This charming little dragonet is very meticulous when locating and handling its prey. It will typically sit and inspect the food item for a few seconds before ingesting it, allowing more voracious feeders, like dottyback, wrasses, goatfishes, butterflyfishes, and angelfishes, to snatch it right out from under its nose.

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: This species is found on rubble or algal-covered rocks in coastal protected reefs.

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)

Drs. Foster and Smith Inc.

[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

A male can be housed with one or more females in a larger tank, but males are prone to fighting. It may also be picked on by larger congeners.

[edit] Special Care

Keep in a tank with live sand, possibly with an attached refugium.

[edit] Notes

It has long been known that the best way to keep dragonets healthy is to keep them in a thriving reef tank where they can graze on tiny live prey in the sand and on the live rock.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Starry DragonetRDF feed
Common name Starry Dragonet  +
Genus Synchiropus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 2 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 20 gal  +
Native range Indian Ocean  +, East Africa  +, and Sumatra  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name stellatus  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +

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