Psychedelic Mandarin ~ Psychedelic FishFamily: CallionymidaeSynchiropus picturatusPhoto courtesy: John Rice
The Spotted Mandarin, Psychedelic Mandarin, or Psychedelic Fish usually move around alot in search of food and are really beautiful and fun to watch. A nice addition, but recommended only for a well-established reef by an experienced reef keepers!
This fish is very similar to the Mandarinfish but is less common. The Spotted Mandarin, Psychedelic Mandarin, or Psychedelic Fish are are much lighter green and have very little red in their coloration compared to the Mandarinfish.
NOTE: Both the spotted and psychedelic mandarinfish thrive only on a large and constant supply of live copepods: interstitial crustacians and worms!
Maintenance/Foods: Psychedelic fish are omnivores. They will usually eat live brine, bloodworms, and tubifex but this diet is usually not sufficient to keep them over the long term. In the wild they eat small crustaceans (and other benthic organisms).
The latest on some of the newsgroups is that each one needs anywhere from 75 to 150 pounds of live rock to survive. We have kept one in a 125 gallon reef that is doing fine and all he eats is whatever he finds on the rocks. With most fish variety is the key.
Feed them anything they will eat and try lots of different things. Live brine, worms, formula I, and formula II, flakes, etc. The mandarin seems to only go for live food however. A mature aquarium with live rock really helps provide the natural food they need.
Sex: Sexual differences: The males are somewhat larger than the females, have longer fins, and the first ray of the dorsal fin is about twice as long as the female's. The fish pictured above is probably a male since the dorsal fin is elongated.