Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Red Striper Goby, also referred to as the Candycane Goby or Trimma Goby, are endemic to the reefs of Cebu. With this limited distribution, the Red striper goby is infrequently encountered within the aquarium trade making it a somewhat rare and desirable addition for the nano fish enthusiast. Despite its very small adult size of 1″, the Red striper goby packs a punch with personality and coloration. They have an elongated body that is opaque with bright red vertical stripes and a pair of large eyes that have a gold ring around them. Red striper gobies are extremely peaceful, making them great candidates for nano aquariums and community reef tanks. Red striper gobies tend to do best when kept in pairs or small groups, but all individuals should be added at the same time for the best chance of success.
Diet Requirements: Red striper gobies are primarily carnivores, feeding on small organisms suspended in the water column and off of the live rock. 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. Frozen food mixes that include algae such as Spirulina and Chlorella are desired. We highly encourage soaking frozen foods in vitamin and fatty acid supplements. Red striper gobies may accept high quality flake and micro-pellet foods. This species would benefit from feedings twice a day.
Care Requirements: A minimum 10 to 15 gallon aquarium is ideal to house a Red striper goby, but they can thrive in larger aquariums. This species should not be introduced into a biologically immature aquarium. Red striper gobies enjoy a variety of rock work and crevices to hop around on and take refuge if needed. Do not house Red striper gobies with overly aggressive and pugnacious tank mates, or predatory fish that could eat them. Gobies of this size can also sometimes fall victim to reef lobsters and larger pistol shrimp species. A Red striper goby would feel most at home in a reef aquarium, and they will not harm any invertebrate or coral. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Large: 3/4” to 1”
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.