FAMILY - Callionymidae SCIENTIFIC NAME - Synchiropus Slendidus COMMON NAME - Green Mandarinfish (Striped Mandarinfish) SIZE - 3.1" (8 cm) RANGE - Western Pacific MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - 20 US Gal. ( 76 L) FOODS AND FEEDING - Finely chopped meaty foods, black worms, shaved shrimp, vitamin enriched live brine shrimp. Feed 3 times a day in a non reef bare bottom tank. AQUARIUM SUITABILITY - 4 REEF COMPATIBILITY - Excellent CAPTIVE CARE - Difficult to provide sufficient food for long term success, a well established population of copepods is a plus, an established reef with a mature sand substrate is also a plus, use a feeding tube and spot feed at the substrate near the fish. Keep only one male per tank, may be aggressive towards other dragonets, keep with non aggressive feeders or tank mates, provide plenty of open bottom, will bury itself if threatened or at night, a bottom feeder so food must be available for a sufficient time for the fish to feed. Aggressive bottom feeding tankmates will consume food to quickly, will acclimate to captivity, however, may need special feeding, has spawned in captivity, extrudes a exterior toxic slime for protection, can be eaten by sea anemones.