Ocellated Dragonet - Scooter Dragonet
Updated August 5, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
The Ocellated Dragonet or Scooter Dragonet fish can make a very interesting addition to a well established (e.g. cycled and running for quite a while) saltwater tank with plenty of amphipods and copepods.
This dragonet can be very difficult to feed and many slowly starve to death in tanks that can't provide enough live foods to sustain them. You should have a tank with a fairly deep sand bed and live rock to increase your chances of success with keeping this fish. Males may co-exist peacefully with females of the same species if introduced at the same time. However, as mentioned above, feeding them can be very difficult and unless you have an extremely large tank that can provide enough live foods, refrain from keeping multiple in the same aquarium.
These Dragonets are fairly docile (except maybe with other dragonets) and should only be kept with fish that are similar in temperament. You also want to avoid keeping them with some of the larger and more aggressive marine species.
If you're worried that your Dragonet is not getting enough to eat, you can try using rigid aquarium tubing to deliver food directly to where they are in the tank. This can be a challenging thing to do though, as they will often scoot away and hide. Keep trying and they may become used to seeing the tube delivering their fish food. They will eventually learn to recognize the tube as a food source.
Scooter Dragonet Care
Scientific Name : Synchiropus ocellatus
Common Names : Scooter Dragonet, Ocellated Dragonet and sometimes incorrectly labeled as a scooter blenny.
Care Level : Moderate - Difficult
Size : Up to 4 inches (10 cm)
Life span : 2 years or longer
pH : 8.1 - 8.4
Temperature : 72°F - 80°F (22°C - 27°C)
Specific Gravity : 1.020 - 1.025
Carbonate Hardness (dKH) : 8 - 12°
Origin / Habitat : Pacific, New Caledonia
Temperament / Behavior : They are usually quite docile. They may not get along well with other males of the same species in the same tank.
Breeding : Very difficult to breed in captivity.
Aquarium Size : 30 gallon (113 liters) minimum
Compatible Tank Mates : Use caution when selecting tank mates. Avoid some of the larger and more aggressive species such as: Lionfish
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Diet / Foods : Can be challenging to feed these little guys. Put them in a tank with an established live sand bed that can provide food for them.
Tank Region : Bottom and all over live rock
Gender : Not clear - but males may be slightly larger and have more color than females of the same age.
Photo Credit : Photos copyright JJPhoto.dk