Fish Type: Gobies
Scientific Name: Elacatinus prochilos
Max Size: 2"
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gal
Relative Care: Easy
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The Broadstripe Goby is an attractive and fascinating fish with neon-like colored stripe and intriguing behavior. As its name suggests, the most notable feature of the Broadstripe Goby is its broad, bright stripe that adorns the entire length of the body to further accentuate the sleek, aesthetic appearance of the Broadstripe Goby.
In the wild, the Broadstripe Goby is known to engage in symbiotic relationships with other marine fish by providing them a cleaning service that consists of getting rid of ectoparasites on their bodies. In return, the Broadstripe Goby gets its primary source of food, ectoparasites.
The ideal setup for the Broadstripe Goby is an established 10 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of live rock and a layer of fine to moderately sized sand substrate. A low aquarium with more horizontal surface area for living space is preferable over a taller one. In addition, a tight-fitting canopy is necessary to prevent the Broadstripe Goby from jumping out of the aquarium. It will rarely become aggressive towards other fish.
The Broadstripe Goby adapts well to reef aquariums. Its diet should consist of a variety of small meaty foods or crustaceans like vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and finely chopped mysis shrimp. It should be fed at least twice per day.