Diamond Goby - South Asia

Valenciennea puellaris

(1 Reviews)

Diamond Goby - South Asia

Diamond Goby - South Asia

Valenciennea puellaris

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Diamond Goby - South Asia Care Facts

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Canivore
Origin: Indo Pacific
Acclimation: 3+ Hours
Reef Safe: Yes
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 30+ Gallons

Diamond Goby

The Diamond Goby, Valenciennea puellaris, small brilliant orange diamond shapes across its pearl-descent white body. They are hardy and very peaceful and can be housed with other peaceful fish in a reef tank setting, but may become territorial towards other blennies, gobies or dartfish in smaller tanks.

Gobies tend to stay mainly towards the bottom of the tank, burrowing and sifting through the sand. However, this goby is also a known jumper, so a tightly fitting lid is suggested. Diet should include a variety of frozen or live mysis shrimp and vitamin enriched brine shrimp 1-2 times daily.


The Diamond Goby is found in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, including the Red Sea and the western Indian Ocean. In the wild, they inhabit sandy substrates and seagrass beds, where they spend their time burrowing and sifting through the sand for food.


The Diamond Goby is entirely reef-safe and poses no threat to corals or other invertebrates. They offer a valuable service to the aquarium by constantly sifting through the sand, helping to prevent detritus buildup and improve water quality.

Size and Lifespan

Diamond Gobies can grow to be about 6 inches in length. With proper care, they can have a lifespan of up to five years in a well-maintained aquarium.


Diamond Gobies are detritivores in their natural habitat, feeding on tiny organisms and particles found in the sand. In a home aquarium, they readily accept a diet of high-quality frozen or live foods like brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and small pieces of fish or shrimp.


The Diamond Goby is available in the aquarium trade, and captive-bred specimens are slowly becoming available. Captive-bred gobies are more sustainable and help reduce the impact on wild populations.


Diamond Gobies are generally peaceful and can coexist with various tank mates. They are known to be docile and rarely exhibit aggression towards other fish.

Tank Mates

  • Cardinalfish: Peaceful and colorful, cardinalfish make suitable tank mates for the Diamond Goby.
  • Firefish (Nemateleotris magnifica): These small and peaceful fish share a compatible tank environment with the goby.
  • Pseudochromis (e.g., dottybacks): Certain species of pseudochromis can coexist with the goby, adding color and personality to the tank.
  • Blennies: Some species of blennies are suitable tank mates that add character and charm to the aquarium.
  • Jawfish (Opistognathus spp.): Peaceful jawfish species can be compatible tank mates for the Diamond Goby.

Great Sand sifter

Reviewed by: Jim Hauck on July 8, 2024

Nice fish, good temperament.

Reviewed by: Shaun Huddleston on July 3, 2024

Very good size.

Reviewed by: Richard Kenney on July 2, 2024

Reviewed by: Nicole Warner on July 1, 2024

Healthy and eating

Reviewed by: Jarrett Rudnick on June 24, 2024

Reviewed by: Robert Pilny on April 9, 2024

Chewing up the sand, as we want! !

Reviewed by: Charles Caine on March 4, 2024

So far so good, messing up the sand bed as advertised

Reviewed by: Mike Perdue on Dec. 20, 2023

Healthy beautiful fish.

Reviewed by: Derek Meadows on Dec. 10, 2023

Reviewed by: Maurice Adger on Dec. 5, 2023

Healthy, energetic fish.

Reviewed by: Lida Mcallister on Oct. 31, 2023

Reviewed by: Jacob Hill on Sept. 20, 2023

Reviewed by: Jason Ebert on Sept. 19, 2023

Went to work right away

Reviewed by: Alvin Barbes on Sept. 13, 2023

Love this guy

Reviewed by: Paul Pelezo on July 31, 2023

Reviewed by: Matthew Schwind on June 27, 2023

It is so unbelievable that they can send fish in the mail arrived in timely manner and doing great would recommend this fish

Reviewed by: Barbara on Feb. 6, 2017

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