Shrimp Goby Fish Profiles and Characteristics

Steinitz' Prawn-Goby Amblyeleotris steinitzi Keeping Watch, Palau, Micronesia
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There are so many kinds of Goby Fish out there. Below, a variety of these is listed by their common and scientific names, with profiles which include information on their identification, characteristics, compatibility, diet, feeding, reef tank suitability, and more about the care of these fishes in aquariums.

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    Banded Sleeper Goby

    Underwater dive site, Sulawesi, Indonesia
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    The Banded Sleeper Goby (Amblygobius phalaena) uses shallow burrows in the substrate as a refuge, keeping the substrate well oxygenated. It is rarely aggressive towards other fish, but it is territorial and will fight with others of the same species unless they are a mated pair.

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    Blackray Shrimp Goby

    Hi Fin Red Banded Goby
    Hi Fin Red Banded Goby Tom Hynes

    Also known as the Hi Fin Red Banded Goby, the Blackray Shrimp Goby (Stonogobiops nematodes) is a terrific little fish for a passive community aquarium. When purchasing this Goby, it is best to acquire a mated pair and their symbiotic shrimp Alpheus randalli. Mated pairs of this fish will usually be found hovering near the entrance of their burrow, except at feeding time, when they become aggressive feeders. Individual fishes of this species will fight, especially males in smaller tanks.

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    Orange Spotted Goby

    The Orange Spotted Goby (Amblyeleotris guttata) does pose a possible threat to small ornamental shrimp. It prefers a substrate of fine sand and loose coral rubble to sift through.

    It is possible for this Goby to spawn successfully in an aquarium.

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    Orange Stripe Prawn Goby

    Randall's Goby
    Randall's Goby Keoki Stender

    Also known as the Randall's Goby, the body of the Orange Stripe Shrimp Goby (Amblyeleotris randalli) is white with orange stripes, with one orange stripe over the eyes and around its entire head. The male may be identified by the fan-like dorsal fin that bears an eyespot.

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    Pink Spotted Watchman Goby

    Larry Jordan's Pinkspotted Shrimp Goby
    Pinkspotted Shrimp Goby Larry Jordan

    Also known as the Pink and Blue Spotted, Singapore Shrimp, Leptocephalus Prawn, or Pinkspotted Shrimp Goby, it is rarely aggressive towards other fish, but it is territorial and will fight with others of the same species unless they are a mated pair. This Goby will also jump out of a tank, so a tight-fitting lid is recommended.

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    Pinkbar Goby

    The Pinkbar Goby's (Cryptocentrus aurora) body is silver with pink rings, and a yellowish colored tail with bright pink dots outlined in blue.

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    Steinitz Prawn Goby

    Steinitz Shrimp Goby
    Steinitz Shrimp Goby Keoki Stender

    The Steinitz Prawn Goby (Amblyeleotris steinitzi) prefers a peaceful tank with plenty of hiding places. Small groups or pairs tend to do better in an aquarium, but need to be introduced to the tank simultaneously.

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    Wheeler's Watchman Goby

    Wheeler's Shrimp Goby
    Wheeler's Shrimp Goby

    Keoki Stender

    The Wheeler's Watchman Goby (Amblyeleotris wheeleri) is also known as the Wheeler's Prawn, Gorgeous Shrimp Goby or Wheeler's Shrimp Goby. It has a white body with broad orange-red bands and tiny blue spots. The dorsal fin has red and blue dots.

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    Yellow Watchman Goby

    Yellow Watchman Goby (Cryptocentrus cinctus)
    Yellow Watchman Goby (Cryptocentrus cinctus) Diogo Lopes

    The Yellow Watchman Goby (Cryptocentrus cinctus) is the most frequently purchased Shrimp Goby for aquariums. This species adapts well to aquarium life and has even spawned in reef aquariums. Only male-female Yellow Shrimp Goby pairs should be put in the same (especially small) tank as these Gobies will attack other Shrimp Gobies.