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Greenbanded Goby
(Elacatinus multifasciatus)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Maximum Size: 2"
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Caribbean, Puerto Rico
Family: Gobiidae
Species: Gobies
Aquarium Type: Reef Compatible
Species Information
The Greenbanded Goby makes an excellent "Nano Fish" as it does very well in smaller aquariums that contain other peaceful reef species. They will spend much of their time scooting from rock to rock all around the aquarium, while looking for small meaty prey living in caves and crevices within the live rock. There coloration can be described by nothing less than vibrant, as they have vivid green with thin iridescent green bands running vertically down the body along with a white head with a brownish red band runs across each red eye. Greenbanded Gobies do so well within the marine aquarium environment that they are even known to frequently spawn in a proper setup.
Aquarium Care
Greenbanded Gobies are a very peaceful fish species that is best kept with other very peaceful species. It is recommended that if kept with other Goby specimens, that the Greenbanded Goby be added first so that it can establish territory before other more aggressive Gobies are added to the aquarium. The Greenbanded Goby should be housed in a 10 gallon or larger aquarium containing a sandy substrate and plenty of live rock.
This species will spend much of its time hovering around the live rock and similar decor. Greenbanded Gobies can be kept in small groups of 3 or more or as mated pairs. It is best not to keep this species with other more aggressive species like Hawkfish, sand perches or aggressive Dottybacks that will compete to aggressively with the Greenbanded for territory and food.
Feeding & Nutrition
Greenbanded Gobies should be fed a varied diet consisting of live and frozen brine shrimp, frozen mysis shrimp, chopped fresh seafoods, and frozen food preparations for carnivores. They should be fed twice a day as much as they will consume within a few minutes.
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