Found in the Western Pacific, this rare fish is gorgeous and will be the highlight of any aquarium. It is also a difficult fish to care for and should only be undertaken by an experienced aquarist. It has a green body with "targets" all over it. These targets are composed of black spots in varying sizes, encircled in orange or red, which is then encircled in a thin line of black. The head also has a few light blue and orange lines, while the mouth is a faint shade of pink. Every fin with the exception of the pectoral fin,, which is green, is black. In males, the dorsal spine is more elongated than in females. This fish has a specially formed mouth made to easily pick up microbes off the ocean floor. Known also as a Picture Dragonet, Target Goby and Spotted Goby.
Size: 1" to 2"; can get as large as 4"
No. in Tank: one or a mated pair (never put two males together as they will get territorial and quarrel constantly - unless they are in a very large tank.)
Tank: min. 40 gallons
Food: (Carnivore) In the wild it eats tiny anthropods. Most will accept aquarium food over time. Offer brine shrimp, blood worms, black worms and carnivore preparations. Must have a great abundance of live rocks. It has a great appetite.
Adaptation: Must be introduced into a well-established aquarium with a large quantity of live rock and live sand. If there is not an appropriate amount of live rock, this fish may starve itself to death. It must have the natural nutrients found on the live rock (full growth of algae, including hair algae). Hair algae is a great place to cultivate the tiny anthropod this fish craves.
Compatibility: Must be in a well-established reef system aquarium. No fish only aquariums. Needs peaceful tank-mates.
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