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Redhead Goby

posted: 05/15/12
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Redhead Goby
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The Redhead Goby, or Red Head Goby, has a head that is distinctly bright red with intricate yellow and white markings, and dark spots run along the sides of its body.

It requires a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with a mixture of loose coral rubble as substrate. It is rarely aggressive towards other fish, but is territorial, and may fight with members of its own kind unless they are a mated pair. It may work as a cleaner species that services tank mates, helping to control some diseases.

It is common for the Redhead Goby to spawn successfully in an aquarium, laying eggs in a crevice or empty shell.

The diet should consist of 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, it should be fed once per day.

Fish Facts

Name: Redhead Goby (Gobiosoma puncticulatus)

Family: Gobiidae

Range: Mexico-Pacific

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: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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