Sharknose Goby


Fish Type: Gobies


Scientific Name: Elacatinus evelynae


Species: Gobiidae

Color: blue, black, pink
Aggressiveness: Non-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 2"
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gal
Relative Care: Easy
Photo Courtesy of Live Aquaria


The Sharknose Goby is a brightly-colored cleaner goby species sure to make a wonderful addition to your reef or nano-aquarium setup. Though similar in appearance to the Neon Goby (Elacatinus oceanops), the Sharknose Goby features bright yellow coloration (most prominent near the head) that blends beautifully into the electric blue stripe giving it a striking, two-tone effect. Like most fish, the coloration of the Sharknose Goby is influenced by lighting, diet, as well as environmental conditions.

The Sharknose Goby should be housed in a well-established 10 gallon or larger aquarium. Rarely will it become aggressive towards other fish. However, the Sharknose Goby is territorial and will demonstrate aggression towards its own kind unless they are a mated pair.

In the wild, a portion of a Cleaner Goby’s natural diet consists of parasites picked off larger reef fish. The Sharknose Goby should be fed a varied diet consisting of foods specifically designed for carnivores. If kept in a reef aquarium, the Sharknose Goby should be fed once per day.

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