Australian Desert Goby (Chlamydogobius eremius)

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Australian Desert Goby

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Australian Desert Goby

Chlamydogobius eremius

Easy

sg

Freshwater

pH

7.0 - 8.0

[[Minimum temperature::10 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]] [[Maximum temperature::30 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]]

9-19 °d

1:2 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

1-1.5 years

Family

Gobiidae



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Additional names

Australian Desert Goby, Desert Goby

Additional scientific names

Gobius eremius


Origin

Endemic to South Australia.

Sexing

Males are more colourful and larger than the females.

Breeding

Spawning generally occurs in caves at temperatures above 26°C (78.8°F) . Females typically lay 50-250 eggs on the ceiling of a cave, with males guarding the eggs until hatching, which typically occurs in 10 days. Newly hatched fry are around 0.5cm (0.2") long and are large enough to eat newly hatched brine shrimp.

Tank compatibility

This fish is territorial and will chase other fish away from its cave, however it will not chase far. Males can be somewhat aggressive toward each other, but little harm is done if the defeated male can get out of the winner’s line-of-sight.

Diet

Prefers live foods, but will occasionally take frozen foods, especially frozen brine shrimp, daphnia and bloodworms. Frozen foods are often ignored once they settle on the bottom.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Prefer a sandy bottom with plenty of rocks and caves. A fairly hardy fish to a wide range of conditions, including salinity. Field observations and laboratory experimentation indicate that it can withstand wide ranges of temperature (5-41°C (41-105.8°F) ), salinity (0-60 p.p.t.), pH (6.8-11.0) and very low dissolved oxygen level.

Behaviour

Very poor swimmers these Gobies get around by hops and scoots and enjoy plenty of rock or PVC pipe caves to explore and play on.

Identification

Males have a golden yellow body and boldly coloured blue, black and white bands on their fins. The first dorsal of some males is tipped with lemon yellow. Females are generally various shades of light brown with clear fins.
They are small fish, with a large male barely crossing the 6.4cm (2.5") mark. Females are a bit smaller, reaching about 5.1cm (2") inches. Their heads are very large, sometimes seeming as if they are too big for the fish.

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