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Spinecheek Goby

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Oplopomus oplopomus - (Valenciennes, 1837)
Spinecheek Goby

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A hardy and efficient sand stirrer. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This species is fairly hardy in captivity, readily adapting to aquarium fare, and is proficient at stirring the upper sand surface. Make sure it gets enough to eat as it usually takes food directly off the substrate.

Family: Gobiidae

Other common name(s):

  • Pretty Lagoon Goby

Native range:

Habitat: In the wild this species inhabits silty bottoms of inner lagoons and bays and is also found in shallow to deep coastal sand and mud flats.

Maximum length: 8 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 76 L (20 gal)

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

[edit] Feeding

Meaty foods, including finely shredded frozen seafood, mysid shrimp, frozen preparations, pigment-enriched flake food, and Cyclop-eeze. Feed at least twice a day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

It tends not to be aggressive toward heterospecifics, although it is sometimes bullied by more belligerent bottom-dwellers (e.g., hawkfishes and sand perches).

[edit] Notes

While it may hide initially, it will quickly become familiar with its new surroundings and start spending more time in the open (unless bullied). It may jump out of an open aquarium.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Spinecheek GobyRDF feed
Common name Spinecheek Goby  +, and Pretty Lagoon Goby  +
Family Gobiidae  +
Genus Oplopomus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 20 gal  +
Native range Indo-Pacific  +, East Africa  +, Society Islands  +, and Ryukyu Islands  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name oplopomus  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +

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