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Spothead Goby - Amblygobius bynoensis/stethophthalmus

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These two species are nearly identical in appearance and are found in slightly overlapping geographic regions.

This fish is best known as part of the group of gobies known as sandsifter or sleeper gobies. They take mouthfuls of the substrate and sift it out through their gills, searching for food. This can help keep the substrate aerated, and may help prevent the build-up of organic debris that leads to high nitrate levels, algae, and cyanobacteria ("Red Slime Algae"). They should be kept in a tank with fine, soft substrate that will not damage their gills as they sift.

They will eat a variety of frozen foods and possibly flake and pellet. Gobies prefer a tank with plenty of rocky hiding places. They get along with most tankmates, but can be aggressive toward other gobies. When startled or threatened, they have been known to jump out of uncovered aquariums. Always keep the tank covered and provide plenty of hiding places for this fish to retreat to.

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Specifications

Specifications
MPN
0702-goby
Manufacturer
That Fish Place
Common NameSpothead Goby
Scientific NameAmblygobius bynoensis/stethophthalmus
DifficultyEasy
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)4
Min Tank Size (in gallons)30
OriginIndo-Pacific
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
DietOmnivore
Temperature Range75-82
Internal Id
42878

State Restrictions
Alaska
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
California
Hawaii
Puerto Rico

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