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Description
Blue Gudgeon Dartfish
(Ptereleotris heteroptera)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Maximum Size: 5"
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Water Conditions: 72-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Family: Ptereleotridae
Species: Dartfish
Aquarium Type: Reef Compatible
Species Information
Blue Gudgeon Dartfish are an attractive and slender species endemic to tropical reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific. Blue Gudgeon Dartfish generally have an aquamarine to gray-blue base coloration with a black, horizontal blotch at the end of the caudal fin; there are usually yellow-hued areas just above and below the caudal blotch. Blue Gudgeon Dartfish are extremely peaceful and are known to be rather shy at times, although they are a social species that prefers to live in small groups. Blue Gudgeon Dartfish often dart around in the water column while searching for plankton, but they also like to spend their time weaving in and out of rockwork. Blue Gudgeon Dartfish are an active species that make excellent reef inhabitants and they are a great choice for hobbyists of any experience level. Blue Gudgeon Dartfish were once considered to be rare within the hobby, but have since become a lot more popular and more readily available.
Aquarium Care
Blue Gudgeon Dartfish require an aquarium of at least 30 gallons and should be provided with a sand to crushed coral substrate, open swimming space, and and plenty of live rock for play and shelter. They will sometimes jump if started and their aquarium should be equipped with a sealed hood or tight fitting top. They should be housed in an established system, utilizing quality biological and mechanical filtration as well as a protein skimmer. They would benefit from a colonized refugium where they could have a constant supply of fresh amphipods and copepods in addition to other live zooplankton treats. Blue Gudgeon Dartfish are a very peaceful and active species that can be observed swimming at the mid to bottom levels of the aquarium as they dart around looking for planktonic snacks within the water column; they also enjoy hovering above substrate and weaving through rockwork while continuing their quest for zooplankton.
They prefer to be in groups of 2-4 (conspecifics should be added at the same time) and will generally stay close to each other and swim together. A variety of heterospecific tank mates are suitable, but they should be similarly peaceful and must not be a species that will harass or bully the Blue Gudgeon Dartfish. They are completely reef compatible and make an excellent choice for a "nano" system as well as a much larger reef setup.
Feeding & Nutrition
Blue Gudgeon Dartfish are carnivores, which in the wild, can be found darting through the water column and among the reefs in search of planktonic food items (i.e.; amphipods, copepods, larvae, and other zooplankton). In the aquarium they should be supplied with a variety of live, frozen, or freeze-dried, vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, ghost shrimp, bloodworms, chopped krill, chopped crab meat, and other meaty food items. They will also accept quality flake and pellet foods for carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores. Ideally they should be feed twice a day an amount of food that they will consume within a few minutes.
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