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Neon Goby

posted: 05/15/12
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Neon Goby
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The head and sleek body of the Neon Goby, also known as the Neon Blue Goby, are dark blue with a striking horizontal light-blue stripe on each side beginning above the eye and running the entire length of the body.

It should be housed in a 30 gallon or larger aquarium. It is a cleaner species which will service tank mates and help control some diseases. Rarely will it become aggressive towards other fish, but it is territorial, and will fight with its own kind unless they are a mated pair.

It is common for the Neon Goby to spawn while in the aquarium, laying its eggs in a crevice or empty shell.

It feeds on a variety of live and frozen brine shrimp, frozen mysid shrimp, table shrimp, and frozen food preparations for carnivores. If kept in a reef tank, the Neon Goby should be fed once per day.

Fish Facts

Name: Neon Goby (Gobiosoma oceanops)

Family: Gobiidae

Range: Tropical Eastern Atlantic, Caribbean

Size: Up to 2 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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