The Neon Goby is extremely hardy and makes a great fish for a beginner. It is mostly recognized as a true cleaner which picks off cryptocaryon and other parasites from the gobies as well as dead tissues. The Neon Goby is a ready breeder and is successful in spawning by both hobbyists and commercially. It is a sleek fish that is attractive and eye-catching as well. The Neon Goby is very easy to keep, and can be kept in either a community fish aquarium or a reef. It is an absolute coral reef inhabitant that enjoys live rock to hide in and to feel comfortable. Though sometimes it may get nourishment from cleaning parasites off of their tankmates, feeding is also required such as small meaty foods, frozen foods and tablets. The Neon Goby is considered a good community fish that are generally not much aggressive except to the members of their own species. Be cautious with some larger predatory type fish, and should not be housed with them. It thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. The Neon Goby grows up to 2 inches and makes a great addition to any nano tank. It requires water changes and minimum of 10 gallon aquarium is recommended and 20 gallons if you want it to spawn. The Neon Goby enjoys the diet that contains mysis shrimp, raw table shrimp, flake, pellet, and other meaty foods.
The Neon Goby is a slender Goby that has an electric blue body stripe that runs from the front of each eye to the base of its tail. The upper body of this fish is usually darker with a pale underside. These fish serve as cleaners in the wild and will setup a cleaning station at reefs where fish come to be cleaned of parasites. They spend most of their day clinging and perching on rockwork or aquarium glass. They are very peaceful and make great additions to any peaceful tank. The Neon Gobies serve as cleaners to larger fish.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, Tizzo: Tara L. Izzo.