These fishes belong in the Order Perciformes and Suborder Callionymoidei as members of the Family Callionymidae (Dragonets) consisting of 11 genera, and 155 species. These are one of the most desirable fishes for larger reef aquariums. They do well in this type environment with its live rocks, hiding places and a steady supply of small live crustaceans. In fact, they should only be kept in a large aquarium where there is a constant supply of live food; otherwise, they will starve to death. Numerous females can be kept in the same aquarium, yet two males will fight until only one remains. They are extremely colorful, peaceful, fairly hardy, and usually inexpensive.
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Suitable for Reef Aquariums
NOT Suitable for Reef Aquariums
Suitable for Fish-Only Aquariums
NOT Suitable for Fish-Only Aquariums
Avoid this nuisance species!