Ring Eyed Goby


Fish Type: Gobies


Scientific Name: Trimma benjamini


Species: Gobiidae

Color: pink, yellow, white
Aggressiveness: Non-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 1"
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gal
Relative Care: Easy
Photo Courtesy of Live Aquaria


The Ring Eyed Goby is a gorgeous little goby sporting a vibrant fiery red coloration sure to inject fantastic visual interest to your nano aquarium setup. As its common name implies, the Ring Eyed Goby sports an endearing bespectacled countenance with slightly upturned eyes. In the wild, Ring Eyed Gobies inhabit costal and outer reef slopes, clinging to the roof of caves and ledges. As such, you shouldn’t be surprised to witness your Ring Eyed Goby in gravity-defying positions among your reef aquarium landscape or even on your aquarium glass. The natural distribution of the Ring Eyed Goby stretches across the Western Pacific Ocean ranging from Sulawesi to Tonga; north to the Marshall Islands; south to New Caledonia and into the Great Barrier Reef.

The ideal setup for the Ring Eyed Goby should be a well-established 10 gallon or larger aquarium aquascaped liberally with live rock and plenty of overhangs and hiding places. The Ring Eyed Goby is a peaceful fish that rarely demonstrates aggression towards other fish except, perhaps on occasion, those of its own genus. Multiple individuals can be kept in larger aquarium setups but be sure to house the Ring Eyed Goby with fish of peaceful temperament and avoid keeping with more aggressive fish.

The diet of the Ring Eyed Goby should consist of a variety of meaty foods and vegetable matter including mysis shrimp, other frozen meaty foods soaked in a vitamin supplement, phyto- and zooplankton foods, and flake foods. To best recreate natural feeding conditions, place the food in the outflow of a water pump or wavemaker so it actively disperses into the water column. The Ring Eyed Goby should be fed multiple small meals throughout the day.