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Family: Gobiidae

Species in Genus Asterropteryx:


Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Text credit: SWM


Asterropteryx gobies make wonderful additions to the smaller reef aquarium, where they often hover over the substrate, sometimes in loose groups. They are usually found in the wild close to coral rubble or growths of macroalgae.

House them with nonaggressive tankmates. Because of their small size, they are vulnerable to being eaten by larger fish tankmates. They can be kept in groups (especially the Bluedot Goby, A. ensifera) in a moderate-sized aquarium. Provide them with a patch of rubble on the sand bottom in which to hide.

Some (perhaps all) feed heavily on detritus and diatoms that grow on the sand surface, as well as tiny invertebrates.

The most attractive member of the group, A. bipunctatus (Twinspot Filamented Goby), has orange spots.

Facts about AsterropteryxRDF feed
Family Gobiidae  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Text credit SWM  +