Spikefin Goby

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Discordipinna griessingeri - Hoese & Fourmanoir, 1978
Spikefin Goby

This little goby is a good choice for the nano-reef tank. Inken Krause/CORAL


This remarkable little goby is best housed in the nano-reef aquarium where it can be fully appreciated and kept away from would-be predators.

It is a very secretive fish, likely to disappear in a larger reef aquarium, where even modest-sized tankmates would quickly drive it into hiding.

For a full account of keeping this rare fish, see Inken Krause's article from CORAL Magazine: [1]

Family: Gobiidae

Other common name(s):

  • Flaming Prawn Goby

Native range:

Habitat: In the wild, this secretive goby is found in areas with live coral, rubble, and sand.

Maximum length: 2.5 cm (1 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 8 L (2 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (75 °F) - 28 °C (82 °F)


Meaty foods, including finely shredded frozen seafood, mysid shrimp, frozen preparations, pigment-enriched flake food, and Cyclop-eeze. Feed at least twice per day. May be difficult to feed.

Aquarium Compatibility

Its small size means a larger number of fish may eat it (including species that are usually not piscivorous). The long dorsal spine is a potential target for nipping tankmates. Keep one per nano-reef aquarium.


It shelters among rubble or under rocks on the sand bottom during the day and is more likely to come out of hiding when it is dark or light levels are subdued.

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