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There are over two thousand species of Gobies.  Being a relatively small fish, they are usually a good fit for nano reef tanks.  Some of the smaller species can even be keep in a pico aquarium.  Gobies have a tendency to jump when startled, so a good fitting top is highly recommended.  They also require sufficient live rock to provide shelter (and perches for Clown Gobies).  The proper substrate is also critical for burrowing and sand sifting Gobies.

 

Gobies have an enduring personality and are a favorite of many nano reef keepers.  In addition, some species can live in a symbiotic relationship with pistol shrimp; where the goby, with its superior eyesight, exchanges its watchman duties for sharing the shrimp's burrow.  Watchman Gobies are start out as females and can become males (protogynous hermaphroditism).  While Clown Gobies can change gender depending on its bonded partner, becoming either male or female.

 

Eviota Goby (Eviota pellucida)

Max Size: 1"

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Cebu

 

Yellow Trimma Goby (Trimma kitrinum)

Max Size: 1"

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Indonesia, Australia, Guam, Fiji, Samoa

 

Black & White Clown Goby (Gobiodon albofasciatus)

Max Size: 1"

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Western Pacific, Australia, Ryukyu Islands, Palau

 

Citron Clown Goby (Gobiodon citrinus)

Max Size: 2"

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Africa, Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives

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Neon Blue Goby (Elactinus oceanops)

Max Size: 2"

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Western Atlantic

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Hi Fin Red Banded Goby (Stonogobiops nematodes)

Max Size: 2"

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Care level: Moderate

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Philippines

Species Notes: Has been known to form symbiotic relationships with pistol shrimp.

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Green Banded Goby (Elacatinus multifasciatus)

Max Size: 2"

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Puerto Rico, Western Atlantic

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Griessingei Goby (Discordipinna griessingeri) a.k.a. Flaming Prawn Goby

Max Size: 2"

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Care level: Moderate

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Red Sea

 

Catalina Goby (Lythrypnus dalli)

Max Size: 2"

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Care level: Expert Only

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Central America

Species Notes: The Catalina Goby is a temperate species that lives in water temperatures between 60°F and 70°F; tropical temperatures will shorten its lifespan significantly.

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Yasha Goby (Stonogobiops yasha)

Max Size: 2.5"

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Care level: Moderate

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Indo-Pacific

Species Notes: Has been known to form symbiotic relationships with pistol shrimp.

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Dracula Goby (Stonogobiops dracula)

Max Size: 3"

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Care level: Moderate

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Maldives, Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka

Species Notes: Has been known to form symbiotic relationships with pistol shrimp.

 

Hector's Goby (Koumansetta hectori)

Max Size: 3"

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Indonesia

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Court Jester Goby (Koumansetta rainfordi)

Max Size: 3"

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Care level: Moderate

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Indonesia, Vanuatu

Species Notes: Wild caught gobies might only eat live food, or might take time to transition to prepared foods.

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Yellow Watchman Goby (Cryptocentrus cinctus)

Max Size: 4"

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Indonesia

Species Notes: Has been known to form symbiotic relationships with pistol shrimp.

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Orange Stripe Prawn Goby (Amblyeleotris randalli)

Max Size: 4.5"

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Indo-Pacific

Species Notes: Has been known to form symbiotic relationships with pistol shrimp.

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Sleeper Gold Head Goby (Valenciennea strigata)

Max Size: 5.5"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin: Africa, Fiji, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka

Species Notes: The Yellowheaded Sleeper Goby sifts through the sand looking for food, so an attached pod refugium is recommended.  It should be fed multiple times throughout the day with mysis shrimp and/or other meaty food.

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Diamond Watchman Goby (Valenciennea puellaris)

Max Size: 6"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes

Origin; Fiji, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu

Species Notes: The Diamond Watchman Goby sifts through the sand looking for food, so an attached pod refugium is recommended.  It should be fed multiple times throughout the day with mysis shrimp and/or other meaty food.

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here a picture of my Koumansetta rainfordi 🥰

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