Paul B’s Unique Perspective on Keeping Mandarins

Hobby pioneer Paul “Paul B” Baldassano is not your grandfather’s reefkeeper (though he is old enough to be your grandfather!). In fact, Paul B’s perspective on just about any aspect of the marine aquarium hobby is quite distinct from anyone…

Synchiropus sycorax Is The New Official Name of the Ruby Red Dragonet

Synchiropus sycorax is the newest species of dragonet to get an official name, brought to you by Yi-Kai Tea, better known as Lemon in the Reef World, and his advisor Dr. Anthony Gill. The Ruby Red Dragonet, which the aquarium…

Captive Bred Mandarin Goby from Biota Aquariums

The mandarin goby is one of the most popular marine aquarium fish, unfortunately it is not the easiest fish to keep, and definitely not recommended for beginners. One way to make the iconic dragonet more accessible is to offer them…

Awesome Fish Spotlight: The scarlet Synchiropus

Synchiropus is an immaculate genus famed for the unorthodox juxtaposition between cute and freaky. With frog like faces, huge bulging eyes and pursed lips, coupled with their undulating fin movements, they make for a highly peculiar animal. In the aquarium context, few species illicit…

Synchiropus circularis is the first gem of a reef fish pulled up by CAS in the Philippines

Synchiropus circularis is one of those “book fish” that we have admired in pictures and from a distance, never really expecting any fresh specimens to be documented by our colleagues. The circled dragonet is so rare, it doesn’t really have…

Wine red Dragonets still hot on the wish list despite appearing again in bigger numbers

Call it whatever shade of red you want, but there’s no denying the flaming beauty of these dragonets. We featured the appearance of an unfamiliar dragonet a few months ago that made its appearance in various fish stores worldwide. They…

Up close and personal with Synchiropus occidentalis

To be perfectly honest, our first look at the West Australia Dragonet appeared to show a species which bears a lot of similarities to the common green target mandarin. The Dragonet from West Australia is sometimes classified as the unique…

Broodstock quantities of West Australian dragonet might be available soon

The West Australia Dragonet, Synchiropus occidentalis, was one of the hottest fish of 2012. Better yet, if recent collecting success continues, this fish could remain in the spotlight for the foreseeable future. Unlike the more commonly available mandarin ‘goby’ and target…

Moyer’s dragonet is a brilliant and little known species of red scooter blenny

Synchiropus moyeri is a nearly unknown species of colorful dragonet from the Western Pacific which is much rarer than the common aquarium fish the red scooter blenny, Synchiropus stellatus. Although moyer’s dragonet and the red scooter blenny look very much…

Synchiropus occidentalis dragonet from West Australia seen on video for the first time

Synchiropus occidentalis is a very rare species of dragonet from West Australia which is so seldom seen that very, very few pictures of this fish exist, let alone any video evidence. Like the green and spotted mandarin dragonets, Synchiropus occidentalis is endowed…