Blue Dragon Mudskipper (Boleopthalmus boddarti)

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The Blue Dragon Mudskipper is a fascinating member of the family Gobiidae which like all mudskippers are specially adapted for life outside of the water. Found throughout much of coastal South and Southeast Asia, this species inhabits mangrove swamps and tidal mud flats, often in large groups with a defined social hierarchy. In the wild, they are adept predators that use their modified pectoral fins to hop across land and climb trees to catch insects and small crustaceans but in the aquarium will accept most frozen and freeze dried foods. An ideal aquarium setup for this species would include relatively shallow water with plenty of driftwood or other structure emerging above the waters surface giving them space to climb and form territories. The Blue Dwarf Mudskipper tends to spend more time underwater than most mudskipper species and tends to inhabit more lightly brackish areas and occasionally pure freshwater. They will do best with the addition of some marine salt (5-10ppt).

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Description

Blue Dragon Mudskipper (Boleopthalmus boddarti)

Origin: Wild India
Locale: Kerala Coast
Diet: Insectivore in nature. Will accept most frozen and freeze dried foods in the aquarium.
Adult Size: 5″+
Recommended Tank Size: 30 gallons+
Compatibility: Can be territorial with conspecifics. May eat smaller tankmates.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          7.5 – 8.2
Temp:                     78-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm
Salinity:                10 – 20 ppt