Mandarin Goby
Synchiropus splendidus

Care Level

Low

Temperament

Peaceful

Reef Compatible

Yes

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

20 gallon

Color

Black, Blue, Orange, Pink, Red, Yellow

Diet

Carnivore

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

Description


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: 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.