Yellowstripe Goby (Mugilogobius chulae)
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The Yellowstripe Goby is a beautifully-marked, nano-sized brackish species that is very uncommon in the aquarium hobby!
The Yellowstripe Goby (Mugilogobius chulae) is a very rare goby species that is native to many coastal areas of Southeast Asia. This distinctively-marked fish maintains a very small size and mature males develop a lovely dorsal fin extension. This fascinating, peaceful fish is an excellent candidate for the mature nano or planted brackish aquarium.
The Yellowstripe Goby is a micropredator in nature. It is known to accept frozen and live meaty foods of appropriate size. This fish typically might not accept dry foods, at least initially. As long as it is kept in a well-maintained, mature aquarium, the Yellowstripe Goby is a hardy and entertaining fish. It will not bother aquarium plants. While it can live temporarily in full freshwater conditions, it requires at least lightly brackish water for long-term health and we maintain this species in brackish water at our facility.
Most small, peaceful fish are good tankmates for the Yellowstripe Goby. Due to its small size, it can also be kept with most peaceful invertebrates that thrive in brackish water and are too large to be considered prey. Peaceful bottom-dwelling fish are also a possibility in a large enough tank, but care must be taken to ensure that the Yellowstripe Goby is not outcompeted for food. The Yellowstripe Goby can be somewhat territorial, especially in smaller tanks, so it may occasionally bully other passive, slow-moving bottom-dwellers if space is limited.
Many gobies have the ability to climb glass and jump out of the water, so an aquarium lid is necessary to prevent escape.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Beautiful coloration
- Peaceful disposition with fish and peaceful invertebrates too large to be considered prey
- Interesting social behavior when kept in colonies
- Very active with lots of personality
- Will not bother plants
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 72° - 79° F (22° - 26° C)
- pH: 7.0 - 8.0
- KH: 4 - 8 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 10 gallons for a single specimen or pair, 30+ gallons for a group
- Diet: Micropredator. Requires high-quality frozen and live foods of appropriate size. Dry foods will likely be ignored.
- Social behavior: Peaceful with most other species, but multiple males may have minor squabbles. Ample territory is recommended for multiple males
- Not advised to house with dwarf shrimp as they may prey upon small dwarf shrimp but can be kept with larger species of shrimp.
- Origin: Coastal Southeast Asia
- Average adult size: 1.6 inches (4 cm)
- Average purchase size: .75 - 1 inches (2 - 2.5 cm)
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