Steinitz Goby


Fish Type: Gobies


Scientific Name: Amblyeleotris steinitzi


Species: Gobiidae

Color: red, tan, white
Aggressiveness: Non-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 5"
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gal
Relative Care: Easy
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The Steinitz Goby, also known as Steinitz’ Prawn Goby, comes from the rubble zones of the reefs of the Indian Ocean. Like other watchman gobies, they have an elongated body with large eyes. The bodies of these gobies are white with brown vertical bands. The entire body is also spotted with small blue spots that intensify with mood. These gobies may form a symbiotic relationship with a pistol shrimp.

It should be kept in a 10-gallon or larger aquarium with a sand covered bottom to make burrows in. It prefers to have peaceful tank mates and plenty of hiding places. Small groups or pairs tend to do better in an aquarium, but need to be introduced to the tank simultaneously.

Fairly hardy, and highly disease resistant, the Steinitz Goby has been known to spawn successfully in an aquarium.

The diet should consist of a variety of fresh or frozen seafood, brine shrimp, and mysis shrimp. It needs to be fed twice per day.

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