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Yellowheaded Sleeper Goby

posted: 05/15/12
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Yellowheaded Sleeper Goby
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The Yellowheaded Sleeper Goby is known by many names including the Pennant Glider; Yellowheaded or Golden Head Sleeper; or Blueband, Bluestreak, or Sleeper Gold Head Goby. Its head is yellow-gold with a sapphire-blue stripe below the eyes, and the rest of the body is off-white.

To be successfully cared for, it should be housed in a 50 gallon or larger aquarium with live sand as the substrate, and an attached populated refugium. It rarely will become aggressive towards other fish, but is territorial, and will fight with its own kind unless they are a mated pair.

It feeds off the bottom as it sifts through the sand eating mouthfuls of substrate and the food that lives within the sand. The Yellowheaded Sleeper Goby feeds on a variety of live and frozen brine shrimp, mysid shrimp, live black worms, and prepared foods for carnivores, and should be fed frequently.

Fish Facts

Name: Yellowheaded Sleeper Goby (Valenciennea strigata)

Family: Gobiidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 7 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

Reef Compatible: Yes

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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