Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Antenna Hi Fin Goby, also referred to as the Blackray Goby, has a wide distribution across the Indo-Pacific Ocean. A small fish with unparalleled personality to match, the Antenna hi fin goby is pearly-white with four diagonal dark bands across its body, a yellow forehead, and an extremely elongated dorsal ray that is dark in color. Not to be mistaken for the less common Yellownose Prawn Goby (Stonogobiops xanthorhinicus) that lacks an elongated dorsal ray. This goby is typically found in association with a Candy Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus randalli), in which the shrimp maintains the burrow they live in and the goby alerts the nearly blind shrimp of potential threats. The Antenna hi fin goby can reach an adult size of approximately 2-1/2″.
Diet Requirements: The Antenna hi fin goby is primarily carnivorous, feeding on small organisms and zooplankton. A diet largely consisting of high quality, vitamin enriched frozen preparations is absolutely necessary to maintain optimal health, coloration, and immune function. Such foods can include, but are not limited to, brine shrimp, calanus, cyclopeeze and rotifers. We highly encourage soaking frozen foods in vitamin and fatty acid supplements. Multiple, small feedings per day rather than one large feeding will also create more of a natural environment for this goby as it would feed in the wild. A Antenna hi fin goby may accept high quality flake and micro-pellet foods.
Care Requirements: A minimum 15 to 20 gallon aquarium is ideal to house a Antenna hi fin goby. A tight fitting lid is recommended because these gobies are known to be spooked easily until they settle in, and this prevents your Antenna hi fin goby from jumping out of the aquarium by accident. Spending most of its time on the bottom of the aquarium, the Antenna hi fin goby will appreciate some rock work to build a small burrow under where it will peak out of through the day. We highly recommend pairing this goby with its preferred shrimp partner, the Candy Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus randalli), but some have also been observed to pair up with a Tiger Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus bellulus) in the home aquarium. This partnership, also known as a symbiotic relationship, is important for the Antenna hi fin goby to feel completely at home. Do not house an Antenna hi fin goby with overly aggressive and pugnacious tank-mates. Antenna hi fin gobies make excellent reef inhabitants. Keep only one goby of this behavior-type per aquarium, unless it is very large to accomodate territories of more than one individual. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 1”
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