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The Red Scooter Blenny is actually classed as a Dragonet, which also includes the ever popular Green and Spotted Mandarin Goby. The Red Scooter blenny is the same as the regular Scooter Blenny but has a reddish brown coloration instead of the normal duller brown patterns. These fish are more suited to a reef type tank, as they scoot around the liverock, and live sand looking for small Amphipods and Copepods. Males are easily identified by their large dorsal fin which they will display mainly when courting and in territorial disputes. When two males meet, they will often lock lips and fiercely shake each other. Althgough the males will have territorial disputes, it is possible to keep these fish in small groups. Keeping this fish in groups would be suggested in a large tank. Be sure to keep this fish in a well established tank as this fish rarely accepts commercially prepared foods.
Maximum Size: the Synchiropus stellatus grows up to 3 inches.
Minimum Tank Size: The Red Scooter Dragonet / Blenny prefers a tank of at least 80 gallons with plenty of places to hid
Diet: The Synchiropus stellatus is a carnivore and likes to eat Live copepods and other small difficult to see plankton size invertebrate life. May be taught to eat prepared foods with time and patience but is very difficult to impossible to do so..
Level of Care: The Red Scooter Dragonet / Blenny is a high maintenance fish.
Behavior: The Red Scooter Dragonet / Blenny may act peacefully toward other fish.
Water Conditions: Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78 F).
Range: Maldives, Sri Lanka, Western Indian Ocean, northern Mozambique to Sodwana Bay, South Africa. Also around oceanic islands..
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