Fish Guide

Banded Goby   (Amblygobius phalaena)
Family: Gobiidae (Gobies)
Natural Range: Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 7 to 66 ft.   Size: 4 in.   Jumps: Yes   Space: 25+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Easy   Temperament: Caution
Diet: Crustaceans, copepods
Natural History: The Banded Goby is generally found in pairs on sand or rubble coastal reefs. This species feeds by biting mouthfuls of sand and sifting it as it is expelled through the gills. It captures small invertebrates from the sand in this way.
Husbandry: The Banded Goby will dig in sand to sift for food. In doing so, it will aerate the sand and benefit an aquarium. This species is reported to feed on nuisance flatworms in a reef aquarium. Only one Banded Goby should be kept in a system, but they are peaceful with unrelated tankmates.

AKA: Sleeper Banded Dragon Goby, Whitebarred Goby

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