Red Head Goby (Elacatinus puncticulatus)


Max Size: 2 inches
Diet: Carnivore
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

The Red Head Goby, also known as the Redhead Goby, previously classified as Gobiosoma puncticulatus, showcases a strikingly bright red head adorned with intricate yellow and white markings. Its body features dark spots along the sides, creating a captivating and cute appearance that makes it a delightful addition to any aquarium.

To provide optimal care for this species, a 10-gallon or larger aquarium with a mix of loose coral rubble as substrate is recommended. Despite its territorial nature, the Red Head Goby is generally non-aggressive towards other fish, except for possible conflicts with its own kind unless they form a mated pair. Interestingly, it may serve as a cleaner species, helping to control certain diseases among tank mates.

Breeding the Red Head Goby in an aquarium is quite common, with the fish laying its eggs in crevices or empty shells.

In terms of diet, this goby requires a varied menu consisting of live and frozen brine shrimp, frozen mysis shrimp, table shrimp, and carnivore-specific frozen food preparations. In a reef tank, feeding it once a day is sufficient to keep it healthy and thriving.