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Yellow Clown Goby

(Gobiodon okinawae)

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 Quick Care Facts

• Care Level: Easy   • Temperament: Peaceful   • Maximum Size: 1"
• Minimum Tank Size: 12 gallons   • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
• Diet: Carnivore   • Origin: Indo-Pacific
• Family: Gobiidae   • Species: Gobies   • Aquarium Type: Reef Compatible

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Native Habitat and Species Information

Yellow Clown Goby native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.

Yellow Clown Gobies hail from tropical reefs and quiet lagoons spread throughout the Indo-Pacific, where they can be found living amongst the branches of corals and rocky outcrops. They are typically found in small groups of 5 to 20 individuals where they tend to stay close to the protection of hard corals or rocky crevices and caves. It is amongst the coral branches that Yellow Clown Gobies look for small plankton in the currents on which to feed, all the while keeping an eye out for larger predatory fish species.

Yellow Clown Gobies make a great addition to peaceful community aquariums and nano reef aquariums where they can coexist with other peaceful species. Yellow Clown Gobies bring an intense splash of yellow color to any tank they inhabit, but are also known for their entertaining demeanor and interesting swimming style.

Aquarium Care

How to successfully keep Yellow Clown Goby in the home aquarium.

A small peaceful species, the Yellow Clown Goby makes a great addition to any reef or nano reef aquarium containing other peaceful fish species and corals. Yellow Clown Gobies appreciate the presence of plenty of live rock or branching type corals that it can swim near or perch on. Yellow Clown Gobies are a very easy going species that coexists well with other fish species and rarely if every show aggression to fish, invertebrate or corals. They are a shy species that will need to be able to stake out some territory amongst the coral branches of live rock outcrops in order to feel secure and at home.

They also prefer a place within the aquarium that they can swim with moderate currents that allow them to stay near their live rock or coral home and still have small meaty food items passing by in the current. Yellow Clown Gobies are easily bullied by larger more aggressive fish species, so their tank mates should be chosen with care. If possible, the Yellow Clown Goby should be added to the aquarium before more boisterous community fish species so that they have time to adjust to their new home and stake out their territory.

Feeding & Nutrition

How to feed and provide proper nutrition for Yellow Clown Goby.

In the wild the Yellow Clown Goby is an opportunistic feeder that waits patiently for small species of plankton to float near their home territory, then they will dart out to consume it. Once they are established within their aquarium environment and more at home, they will readily feed on a variety of small meaty food items. Suitable meaty items include: Cyclop-Eeze, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, meaty flake and frozen foods, copepods and other small meaty marine organisms.

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