Crosshatch Goby

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Amblygobius decussatus - (Bleeker, 1855)
Crosshatch Goby

The Crosshatch Goby is a great choice for most reef aquariums. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This attractive goby is ideal for most reef aquariums. Like others in the genus, it may benefit from having access to some filamentous green or red algae.

Family: Gobiidae

Other common name(s):

  • Orange-striped Goby

Native range:

Habitat: This species in found in coastal and inner reefs on sand and rubble flats. It also inhabits muddy bottoms of inshore bays and lagoons.

Maximum length: 8 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Feed meaty foods, like vitamin-enriched live and frozen brine shrimp and mysid shrimp, as well as prepared foods for herbivores. It eats large quantities of algae in the wild, and will do better if provided with similar fare in the aquarium.

If placed in a tank without algae, live sand, or live rock, feed at least twice a day. If natural foods are present, feed every other day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Do not keep it with conspecifics or with similar congeners, although it will typically ignore unrelated gobies and other benthic fishes. It is more likely to be picked on by belligerent tankmates.

[edit] Notes

It is a rather delicate substrate sifter and is thus less likely than its larger relatives to inadvertently bury corals that are located near the bottom of the tank.

This species is a capable jumper.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Crosshatch GobyRDF feed
Common name Crosshatch Goby  +, and Orange-striped Goby  +
Family Gobiidae  +
Genus Amblygobius  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Western Pacific  +, Philippines  +, New Caledonia  +, Yaeyama Islands  +, Great Barrier Reef  +, and Micronesia  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name decussatus  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +