Diamond Goby (Valenciennea puellaris)

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Size: Small

Max Size: 6 inches
Diet: Carnivore
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

The Diamond Goby, known by various names such as Pretty Prawn, Maiden, Orange Spotted Diamond, Orange-dashed, or Orangespotted Sleeper Goby, was first identified in the Indo-Pacific Ocean in 1956 by Tomiyama. Its head and body display a combination of white coloration with orange spots. This timid fish is highly suitable for reef tanks due to its longevity, making it a great addition.

To provide suitable habitat for the Diamond Goby, it should be housed in an aquarium with a capacity of at least 30 gallons or larger. Live sand serves as the ideal substrate, and an attached, well-populated refugium is recommended. The Diamond Goby utilizes shallow burrows in the substrate as a refuge, contributing to the oxygenation of the sand. While it generally maintains a non-aggressive nature towards other fish, it can exhibit territorial behavior and engage in fights with its own kind, unless they form a mated pair.

Feeding primarily off the bottom as it sifts through the sand, the Diamond Goby requires a diverse diet. This should include live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, live black worms, and prepared foods suitable for carnivores. Frequent feeding is essential to meet its nutritional requirements.

Size: Small