Biota Captive-Bred Blue Mandarin

Greek Name: Synchiropus splendidus



Blue Mandarins that have been captive-bred possess a distinct advantage over the wild caught species. They are stronger and more at ease with conditions in aquariums at home. They are an excellent choice for beginners and experienced aquarists.

Biota Captive-Bred Blue Mandarins sometimes referred to as Mandarin Dragonettes or Mandarin Gobies are stunning fish loved by aquarists due to their unique beauty. Blue Mandarins offer a stunning visual display of gorgeous jewel-tone colors like Amber Orange, cobalt Blue and emerald-green in intricate patterns that resemble mazes. Their wild movements and fascinating personality add to their appeal and provide an endless amount of entertainment.

Blue Mandarins are best maintained in an established, 30 gallon or larger home aquarium that has live rock, live sand, and lots of hiding spots. They can tolerate moderately harsh conditions in reef aquariums, provided they are provided with the highest level of attention. They aren’t overly hostile towards other fish, other than their own species. Male Blue Mandarin is easily distinguished from females by its prominent, elongated, and pronounced first spine on its dorsal side.

In the wild Blue Mandarins are micro predators who actively hunt amphipods and copepods. Biota Blue Mandarins that were captured then born in Palau’s Biota Marine Life Sanctuary in Palau They were reared with Frozen Cyclops in addition to the 360 to 520 micron dried food mix, and supplementing it with live food.

Are you looking for the most nutritious food source to feed your Dragonettes? We suggest algagen Tisbe biminiensis.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2″ to 1-1/2″



Care Level




Color Form

Blue, Green, Orange, Red



Reef Compatible


Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size






Minimum Tank

30 gallons


Biota Captive-Bred Blue Mandarin Info

Mandarin gobies are the most unusual fish that you can get. The Blue Mandarin comes in a range of colors, including blue, orange, red, and purple. They’re best suited to a 30 gallon or larger aquarium that has live sand and many hiding spots. They make a wonderful accessory to a reef aquarium and can also be a great companion for seahorses!


Biota Captive-Bred Blue Mandarin Diet

This aquarium fish’s diet should include an assortment of live and frozen brine shrimp as well as live black worms.

Additional information


Large, Medium, Small

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