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Scissortail Goby

posted: 05/15/12
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Scissortail Goby
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The Scissortail Goby, also known as the Scissortail Dartfish, has a white head and blue body with large dorsal and anal fins.

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

The Scissortail Goby diet should include chopped or shaved seafood, brine shrimp, and mysid shrimp.

Like other gobies, they are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Anthias, Basslets, Batfish, Blennies, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Cardinalfish, Clownfish, Damselfish, Filefish, Hawkfish, Pseudochromis, Puffers and Tangs & Surgeons.

Fish Facts

Name: Scissortail Goby (Ptereleotris evides)

Family: Gobiidae (Microdesmidae)

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 5.5 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

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: Middle

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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