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Brachygobius doriae (Bumblebee Goby)

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Bumblebee gobies inhabit a variety of waters from soft, acidic freshwater through to brackish. In captivity they seem to do best in hard, alkaline water or slightly brackish water (specific gravity up to 1.005).

As its name suggests it has black and yellow bands. Males in breeding colouration turn red.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Peaceful bottom dweller that mixes well with fishes of the middle and upper levels. Do not force this fish to compete with active bottom feeders, as it will lose out at feeding time. Can be a picky feeder; prefers live foods but will also take frozen lobster eggs, bloodworms, and small pieces of prawn.

Spawning is not difficult. The male guards the eggs and will drive away the female. Once the eggs hatch they need tiny live foods such as newly hatched brine shrimp.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution South East Asia
Temperature 24-28C
Size 5 cm
Water Parameters Brackish preferred, SG around 1.005
Water PH 7.0-8.0

Useful sources of information:

A good discussion on the bumblebee gobies and their maintenance in home aquaria can be found in Frank Schaefer's Brackish Water Fishes book from Aqualog. To buy a copy of this book click here.