Red Scooter Dragonet

Red Scooter Dragonet

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The Red Scooter Dragonet (Synchiropus ocellatus) is also referred to as the Starry Dragonet or Stellate Dragonet, comes from the rocky reefs of southern Japan. It is a small fish with a big head topped with mounted eyes and a small, pointed mouth that includes a starry sample of red and white splotches scattered throughout its body, with shiny blue spots on the top. The male usually has brighter colors and a larger dorsal fin.

The Red Scooter Dragonet should be added a well-established reef tank, as they don’t seem to be more likely to thrive with no substantial supply of meals that normally develops inside saltwater aquariums, such as small crustaceans including copepods, amphipods and small worms.

It prefers a reef aquarium of 50 gallons or larger with lots of live rock to hide in and graze from. The Red Scooter Dragonet loves to sift through the sand in search of food and with its pointed mouth it can easily catch the micro fauna. Scooter dragonets are a great part of the clean-up crew and also prevent excess food and waste from settling around the tank by constantly moving about and also feeding on it.

The Red Scooter Dragonet diet should consist of brine shrimp, bloodworms and glass worms, and small invertebrates. They are slow-moving, deliberate feeders and should not have to compete for their food. A refugium is recommended to establish this natural food source.

  • Name: Red Scooter Dragonet (Synchiropus ocellatus)
  • Aggressiveness: Peaceful
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Max Size: 3"
  • Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
  • Reef Compatible: Yes
  • Relative Care: Advanced
  • Regions Found: Indian Ocean, Maldives, Sri Lanka