This fish can be found cruising the reefs of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, looking for invertebrates and filamentous algae to eat. It has a slender, greenish-blue body with orange stripes running the entire length of its body. There is a spot on the dorsal fin, where it meets the tail. Gobies are fun and funny fish to watch. They roll their eyes from side to side and usually hop rather than swim, from place to place. It is a bottom swimmer (hopper) and an easy fish to take care of. This goby is also known as Old Glory Goby and Court Jester Goby.
Size: 1/2" to 1 1/2"; can get as large as 3"
No. in Tank: one or more; do best in groups of 5 or more
Tank: min. 20 gallons; min. 40 gallons for groups
Food: (Omnivore) Normally feed on sm crustaceans, offer live and frozen brine shrimp, mysid shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, carnivore praparations and filamentous algae. Live rocks to graze algae from are important. Feed 2 to 3 times a day.
Adaptation: Introduce fish together into a well-established aquarium with plenty of live rock and live sand to feed upon. Needs lots of hiding spots and room to swim at the bottom. These fish are very secretive at first but will become braver as they acclimate to their surroundings and chosen "its" spot in the aquarium.
Compatibility: Excellent for reef systems with very shallow sand beds or fish only communities with deep sand beds. They do not bother invertebrates. Need to be with other peaceful tank-mates. NO hawkfish, sand perches, aggressive dottybacks or any other aggressive fish.