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Green Mandarin (Synchiropus splendidus)

The Green Mandarin or Synchiropus splendidus is one of the most beautiful salt water fish in the world! Its unique shape and bright blue, orange, yellow and green body makes this fish stick right out from the crowd. Although the Green Mandarin is quite popular as an aquarium fish, it is certainly not for beginners. Also known as the Striped Mandarinfish, Mandarin Goby or Green Mandarinfish, they are from the Callionymidae family and can grow to about 4" in length. This carnivorous fish can be fed brine shrimp or black worms and should be kept in a tank that is at least 40 gallons. These fish are found in the wild in the Western Pacific Ocean normally around reefs. Although this fish can live over 15 years in the wild, they can only survive about 4 years in an aquarium setting. You can check out the Green Mandarinfish out live in the video below...

One weird fact about the Green Mandarin Fish is that they can secrete mucous that has an unpleasant smell and a bitter taste. This toxic substance helps repel potential predators.

1 comment:

Mr.Stanozol said...

OMG. Soooo beautiful :) Need to have one :)

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