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Brownbarred Goby

posted: 05/15/12
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Brownbarred Goby
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The Brownbarred Goby, also known as the Sleeper Banded Goby, was first discovered in the Indo-Pacific Ocean by Valenciennes in 1837. It has a greenish-yellow head with blue and orange dots and dashes. The remainder of the body is yellow with brown bands.

It should be housed in a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with a substrate of loose coral rubble, and a tight-fitting lid to prevent it from jumping out of the tank. It will rarely become aggressive towards other fish, but is territorial, and will fight with its own kind unless they are a mated pair.

It feeds on a variety of small crustaceans, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp (live or frozen), mysid shrimp, prepared foods for herbivores, and algae growing in the tank. It should be fed three times per day, depending on the amount of natural live food found within the aquarium.

Fish Facts

Name: Brownbarred Goby (Amblygobius phalaena)

Family: Gobiidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: Yes

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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