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Yellow Watchman Goby

posted: 05/15/12
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Yellow Watchman Goby
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The Yellow Watchman Goby, also known as the Watchman Yellow Prawn, Yellow Shrimp Goby, or Watchman Yellow Goby, was first discovered in 1936 by Herre. The head and body are yellow-orange with bright blue spots on the head and fins.

It requires a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of loose coral rubble, ample swimming room, and a sand bottom for burrowing. It rarely becomes aggressive towards other fish, but it is territorial, and will fight with its own kind unless they are a mated pair. It may try to jump out of the aquarium or other small openings, therefore, a tight-fitting lid is required to prevent escape.

The Yellow Watchman Goby diet should include a variety of mysid shrimp, brine shrimp, table shrimp, and frozen preparations for carnivores. It should be fed at least twice per day.

Fish Facts

Name: Yellow Watchman Goby (Cryptocentrus cinctus)

Family: Gobiidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 3 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: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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