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Redhead Goby - Elacatinus puncticulatus - Captive Bred

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The Redhead Goby (Elacatinus puncticulatus) has bright red on the top of its head, from eye to eye. The body is fairly transparent and can have a white or yellowish color. Black spots run down the sides of the fish and it may also have a short blue stripe under each eye.

"Cleaner gobies" come mostly from the Gobiosoma genus but are also found in Elacatinus and a few others as fish are reclassified and new genuses are formed or assigned. Most fish from these groups clean parasites and dead scales off of larger fish, leading to their common name, but all can live without a "host" and will feed on a variety of foods in the aquarium. They are best kept in smaller reef tanks where they can be easily fed and enjoyed. Their diet should consist of meaty items like Cyclops, baby brine shrimp, mysis shrimp and similar items.

While predators generally leave known "cleaner" fish alone in exchange for their services, always add larger fish well after these tiny gobies are established in the aquarium and monitor carefully. Predators may still eat smaller fish and inverts, "cleaner" or not. Not all of these gobies are "cleaner" fish and may not help keep parasites from other fish in the aquarium. Gobies from the same species may show aggression towards each other but are generally peaceful towards other fish of a similar size and temperament.
Common NameRedhead Goby
Scientific NameElacatinus puncticulatus
DifficultyEasy to Moderate
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)1.75
Min Tank Size (in gallons)15
OriginCaptive Bred (native to western central Pacific)
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82

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