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Family: Gobiidae

Species in Genus Bryaninops:


Drs. Foster and Smith Inc.
Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Text credit: SWM


These gobies, which often escape detection except by sharp-eyed viewers, live on a variety of different invertebrates (such as sponges, whip corals, soft corals, and tunicates). Unless you have multiple potential hosts, keep only one of these fishes per tank. (Usually only one or a heterosexual pair is found on a host in the wild.) They feed on tiny zooplankton.

Because of their small size and lack of defenses, they are like candy to many potential fish-­eating tankmates. They are also likely to enter overflow boxes or standpipes. If they do not find a suitable host, they are apt to hide incessantly.

At least one species (the Redeye Hovering Goby [Bryaninops natans]) is found in groups, suspended in the water column above stony corals.

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Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
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