Desert Goby (Chlamydogobius eremius), Tank-Bred!
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The Desert Goby is native to an artesian well in Central Australia and can live in an unbelievably wide temperature range. It can also live and thrive in full freshwater or full marine salinities and everything in between!
The Desert Goby (Chlamydogobius eremius) is a fascinating goby that is native to Central and South Australia, where it inhabits wells, springs, and other mostly landlocked bodies of waters. It lives in areas that experience both extreme heat and cold and is much more adaptable to temperature swings than most fish. It also can live in wildly variable salinity levels, and it lives and breeds very comfortably in full freshwater. In addition to its exceptional adaptability, it is also a very attractive fish that can display gold, green, black, white, and blue coloration. Males are generally larger and more colorful than females, and they also have the ability to change color, especially when in spawning condition.
The Desert Goby is a particularly hardy species, but it must be kept in water with a pH of 7.0 or higher. It should not be kept in soft water. This fish is very social and typically forms a hierarchy, so ample cover should be provided so that subdominant specimens are not bullied. Dwarf shrimp are likely to be eaten by this fish, but any peaceful invertebrates too large to be considered prey can make good tankmates as well. Peaceful bottom-dwelling fish are best avoided, at least in smaller aquaria, but peaceful fish that inhabit other areas of the aquarium can make good tankmates (again, as long as they are too large to be considered prey).
The Desert Goby is an omnivore and is not a picky eater. It will thrive on a diet of high-quality live, frozen and dry foods. It should also have a fair amount of vegetable matter in its diet. It is a very greedy eater, so care should be taken not to overfeed.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Beautiful coloration, especially in dominant males
- Peaceful disposition with most fish and peaceful invertebrates too large to be prey
- Interesting social behavior when kept in colonies
- Very hardy and unfussy
- Will not bother most ornamental plants
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 68° - 82.4° F (20°-28° C)
- pH: 7.0 - 8.5
- KH: 5 - 15 dKH
- Minimum Tank Size: 15+ gallons for a small group
- Diet: Omnivorous. A variety of high-quality live, frozen, and dry foods is best. Some vegetable matter is also necessary.
- Social Behavior: Peaceful with most other species, but multiple males may have minor squabbles. Ample territory and cover is recommended for multiple males
- Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to Central and Southern Australia.
- Average Adult Size: 2 - 2.4 inches (5 – 6 cm)
- Average Purchase Size: 1 - 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm)
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