Mandarin Goby "Synchiropus splendidus"

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Size

20 gallon


Black, Blue, Orange, Pink, Red, Yellow



Water Conditions

Basic (8.2-8.5 pH), Salinity (1.02-1.025) specific gravity), High Water Hardness (10-15 dGH), 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit

General: The Mandarin Goby (Synchiropus splendidus) is a benthal (bottom-dwelling) marine fish species that occupies shallow lagoons surrounding the Phillipeans, Australia, and New Guinea. The Mandarin Goby will reach a length of four inches, and live up to four years in captivity. Two male Mandarin Gobies will become intolerant of being in a small environment together. It is typically best to keep them as an individual, or as a mated pair.

Aquarium Diet (Carnivorous): The Mandarin Goby should only be added to aquariums with an established culture of ampipods, and copepods. In many cases, the Mandarin Goby will not accept prepared diets. Microscopic marine species found on live rock are often the only foods the Mandarin Goby will accept.