Yellow Clown Goby

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Dec 21, 2006
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Common Names Yellow Clown Goby, Yellow Coral Goby

Scientific Name Gobiodon okinawae

Family Gobiidae

Origin Indo Pacific from Japan to Australia

Maximum Size 4cm / 1.5"

Care Yellow Clown Gobies are one of the hardiest gobies in the trade if you can get them feeding. When they arrive at your local fish store, they may be skinny and malnourished. If you buy a clown goby it is vital that you get it eating or it will waste away and become prone to disease, getting them to feed will be mentioned later on in the feeding part of the profile.

Clown Gobies are not prone to contract common disease's if well cared for. They should be kept in a tank with plenty of over hangs and caves for them to perch on. Clown gobies will often play host to certain corals and pieces of equipment, and once settled, they often stay close to that area.
A minimum tank size of 30 litres can home one of these lovely gobies, but as with any fish, bigger is better.
It is not advisable to keep two or more clown gobies together in an aquarium unless it is 130+ litres in volume.

They are generally considered reef safe, but may nip SPS corals; they won't bother any other fish but they should not be kept with any possibly predatory fish as they may be eaten.

Clown Gobies can be fussy eaters when first introduced into the aquarium, so getting them onto food is important! For the first few days the best foods are cyclopeez, mysis and spirulina brine shrimp. Clown Gobies in my experience should be fed little and often instead of one big meal. They should be fed frozen and live foods 3 or 4 times a day, 2 brine shrimp four times a day is better than 8 in one serving as theyre quite slow eaters. They will rarely acclimate to flakes early on although may do so eventually.

Breeding Clown Gobies can and will switch their gender in order to form a breeding pair. Once the pair begin mating they will clear the base around a branching coral such as an acropora species and the female can lay up to 1000 eggs. The male then fertilizes the eggs after being layed. The hatching fish go through a pelargic larval stage in the planktonic stream before becoming sub-adults and then finding an area to host. Raising Clown Gobies is exceptionally difficult and requires raising various cultures of phytoplankton and rotifers for the fry to feed on.

Comments These fish are great for beginners and experts alike, and I recommend all fish keepers try them at some stage, they make great pets, and are full of personality.

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