Sleeper Striped Goby
Fish Type: Gobies
Scientific Name: Valenciennea longipinnis
Max Size: 6"
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gal
Relative Care: Easy
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The Sleeper Striped Goby originates among the rubble zones surrounding the reefs of the Indo Pacific. It is white in coloration with a series of black, orange and neon green horizontal dashes and dots extending the length of the body. The head is also marked in the same colors adding appeal to this species. It is a very timid fish that makes a great addition to a reef aquarium and will aid in maintaining the sand bed.
It should be housed in a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with a fine to medium sized sand substrate. The Sleeper Striped Goby uses shallow burrows in the substrate as refuge, keeping the substrate well oxygenated. It rarely becomes aggressive towards other fish, but is territorial, and will fight with its own kind unless they are a mated pair.
The Sleeper Striped Goby Goby feeds off the bottom as it sifts through the sand. Its diet should include a variety of frozen brine and mysis shrimp, bloodworms, and prepared foods for carnivores. It should be fed at least daily.