This fish is found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and the Coral and Red Seas. It cruises around shallow reefs, in search of tiny invertebrates and filamentous algae to feed on. The fish is a bluish-black, with bright yellow horizontal stripes running the entire length of the body. There is an eyespot on the dorsal fin and the caudal fin is edged in white. This fish is a rare find, yet it is closely related to Rainford's Goby (amblygobius rainfordi), an easy to find fish. Known also by the name Hector's Hover Goby.
Size: 1/2" to 1 1/2"; can get as large as 4 3/4"
No. in Tank: one or a mated pair
Tank: min. 30 gallons
Food: (Carnivore) Will easily accept most marine foods. Eats large amounts of algae, live black worms, live brine shrimp, frozen carnivore and herbivore preparations and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp. Will also eat filamentous algae and algae from live rocks.
Adaptation: This fish can be very secretive, especially when first introduced and will remain hidden if annoyed or threatened. Does best in an aquarium containing filamentous algae and live rock. A sand sifter, live sand is required. Give it lots of hiding places and room to swim on the bottom.
Compatibility: Does great in a reef system as it will not bother invertebrates. Does best in a community aquarium, with peaceful tank-mates and lots of live rocks and live sand. No aggressive, belligerent fish.