Target Mandarin Goby
The Spotted Mandarin, also known as the Spotted Mandarinfish, Psychedelic Mandarinfish, Psychedelic Fish, or Picture Dragonet, was first discovered by Peters in the Western Pacific Ocean in 1976. It has a psychedelic combination of blue, orange, and black spots on a green base, covering its head, fins, and body. Male Spotted Mandarins have a more elongated first dorsal spine than females. To provide proper care, the Spotted Mandarin should be kept in a 30-gallon or larger aquarium with live substrate and plenty of hiding places. With special care, it can thrive in reef aquariums, but it is not overly aggressive towards other fish, except for conspecifics. The Spotted Mandarin has been known to successfully spawn in an aquarium. The diet of the Spotted Mandarin should consist of a variety of live vitamin-enriched brine shrimp and live black worms. It will also feed on natural prey from live rock and live sand.