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  • Source: Neale Monks

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Chlamydogobius eremius "Gold" (Golden Desert Goby)

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Two forms of this species are available in the trade, the standard form and the golden form. The standard form is silvery-green outside of spawning, the females being noticeably smaller than the males. Sexually mature males have blue patches on their dorsal fins. During spawning males become more sulphur-yellow in colour. The golden form has the same basic shape and the males also have the blue patches on their dorsal fins, but their bodies are uniformly pinkish-yellow.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Desert gobies are small fish that inhabit saline pools in Australia. They do well in hard, alkaline water or brackish water; pH 7.5-8.5, 15+ degrees dH, SG 1.000 - 1.010. Water temperature is not critical, and in the UK they will do well in unheated tanks.

Quite easy to keep, but will jump out of uncovered aquaria. Like most gobies prefers small live foods or wet-frozen substitutes: bloodworms, mosquito larvae, daphnia, brine shrimp, etc. Also eats some algae and soft plant material. May eat flake, but this shouldn't be taken for granted.

Breeding is easy, the males guarding the very large eggs until the fry hatch and become mobile. Fry feed on algae, organic detritus, small live foods such as brine shrimp, and finely powdered flake foods. They fry are easy to rear.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution Australia
Temperature 10-30 C
Size 5 cm
Water Parameters Hard or brackish water required
Water PH 7.5-8.5
Care Level Easy
Water Chemistry More than pH 7 - Alkaline
Schooling Fish No
Sociability Peaceful
Diet Special Needs