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Diamond Goby
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Diamond Goby
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Size: 2.5-5 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Brine, Mysid, Worms
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
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The Diamond Goby has brilliant orange dashes and dots that are running across the body with yellow colored markings on the jaws. They are great in creating burrows in sand bed and look quite entertaining while doing so. Generally, the Diamond Goby take mouthful of sand and build mounts around their burrow. Thereby, we suggest you to keep fine sand to prevent the damage of their mouth with large sand particles. The Diamond Goby sifts through the sand, and also aerates and clean the sand, which is why a relatively thick sand bed is a good idea. The Diamond Goby can be fed using a feeding stick or similar device to place some fish food such as Mysis or brine shrimp under the sand near their burrow. The Diamond Goby are very hardy and disease resistant. They can breed in captivity and they keep their fertilized eggs on the top surface of their burrow. While these eggs are developing the male guards the nest. The Diamond Goby need at least 25 gallons of water tank with live sand bed and live rock where they generally put up their nest. They are peaceful and get along well with other tank inhabitants. With its terrific color pattern, it makes a tremendous addition to the home aquarium. The Diamond Goby keep the substrate well oxygenated by sifting through the sands.
Diamond Goby is a machine!!!
A well oiled beautiful little machine. He hid about a day after acclimation but after he dug a little burrow he came out one morning and cleaned 90% of the sand, spotless. The 10% he didn't clean is next to the long tentacle anemone, can you blame him? Awesome sand sifter and does not create sand tornado's. Great personality.
Reviewed by:  Justin from West Virginia. on 8/10/2013
The Orange Diamond Sleeper Goby, a.k.a. Orange-Dashed Goby, is a Sleeper Goby that spends its day sifting sand and resting on the bottom. These splendid fish are pale in color with a double row of diamond shaped orange spots covering its side. The Orange Diamond Goby likes to use its large head to dig into the substrate and sift the sand through its mouth for food, then discarding the sand out its gill coverings. The Orange Diamond Goby will burrow a hole in the substrate that it will use as its home; they make tremendous additions to established reef tanks. These fish are also jumpers, so precautions should be taken to secure openings at the top of the aquarium. Keep only one per tank, and this fish should not be kept with other Sleeper gobies or Jawfish.Gobies compose one of the largest family of fish in the ocean. These small fish live around reefs or on sandy flats. Many of the Gobies are known for their burrowing behavior. These fish use burrows in the sand for safety. Some of the Goby species are known to share their burrows with Pistol Shrimp; behavior that can be duplicated in the home aquarium. Most Gobies have cupped ventral fins that nearly join just below their gill plates that serve as perching mechanisms so the Goby can always be on the lookout in a resting position. The Goby is a tremendous addition to the home aquarium.Photo by Saltwaterfish.com member, ElitePhoto: Jay Hague
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