Butterfly goby – Amblygobius Albimaculatus
Species name: Amblygobius Albimaculatus
Common names: Butterfly goby, Sleeper bandit Goby
Family: Gobiidae (Gobies)
Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Maximum length: 7.1 in.
Minimum tank size: 50 gallons. Approximately 330 square inch.
Aggressiveness: Peaceful to other fish. Should not be housed with aggressive fish such as groupers, dottybacks, triggerfishes or angelfishes.
Diet: Carnivore. It feeds by taking a mouthful of sand and sifting it through its gill rakers to extract small crustaceans, worms and algae. It’s diet should be supplement with various meaty food such as live brine shrimp, mysis, finely chopped fish or shrimp flesh, small sinking shrimp pellets and other various frozen carnivore foods. Feed 2 times a day depending on live food availability within the aquarium. A refugium to keep up levels of live foods seems to help lot in captivity. It can also be a good idea to increase pod production by planting some easily pruned macro algae in the tank as well.
Known as Butterfly Goby or Sleeper bandit Goby, Amblygobius Albimaculatus is found in the Indo-West Pacific where it usually live in pairs in estuaries and lagoons. Males have 3 black spots near the base of the 2nd dorsal fin and round spots on cheek while females have brown-edged band from the upper lip to the upper operculum.
The ideal aquarium should have a specific gravity (SG) between 1,020 and 1,025, temperature between 73.4°F and 78.8°F and a pH level of 8.0 to 8.3. A sandbed of at least two inches in depth with plenty of live rock to graze, macro algae and suitable hiding places and open areas to swim is a must. A refugium to keep up levels of live foods seems to help lot in captivity.
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