Dragonets are a fascinating, yet challenging group of fishes that have captivated aquarists for many years. Although some species, such as the Mandarin Dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus) are among the most recognized and beautiful of aquarium fishes, they are not suited for everyone. Because of their slow, deliberate feeding behavior and requirement for small living foods after initial capture, they can be problematic. The species that we carry have been acclimated and trained to accept prepared foods before they leave our facility. However, as a general rule, these fishes should be provided with a well-established reef aquarium, which affords them the best opportunity to forage among the live rock for small crustaceans, which comprise the bulk of their diet.
If acclimated carefully, and provided with a quiet, well established reef environment, they will settle in nicely and live for very long periods of time. The real key is to keep them well fed with a balance of high quality foods, such as mysis, enriched brine shrimp, etc., and to make sure that they get their fair share. If they are truly comfortable, many of these species will spawn regularly in the aquarium.They are an excellent group for the aspiring breeder to work with.
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