Ward’s Sleeper Goby

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Valenciennea wardi - (Playfair, 1867)
Ward’s Sleeper Goby

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This attractive goby needs a tank with a live sand bed. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This attractive goby is often used to stir sand beds, although it is not as effective a sifter as V. puellaris. Juveniles have a spot on the dorsal fin and tail. This may serve to dissuade would-be predators by resembling the “face” of a piscivorous fish.

Family: Gobiidae

Other common name(s):

  • Tiger Sleeper Goby
  • Ward's Goby
  • Ward's Sleeper

Native range:

Habitat: This species is found in sandy areas of shallow lagoon reefs.

Maximum length: 13 cm (5 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 209 L (55 gal)

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

[edit] Feeding

Attempt to feed small crustaceans, such as vitamin-enriched live and frozen brine shrimp and mysid shrimp as well as live black worms and prepared foods for carnivores. Feed several times a day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

It is rarely aggressive toward other bottom-dwelling fishes, with the possible exception of congeners. It can be kept in male-female pairs, but two or more males may quarrel.

[edit] Special Care

It tends to be easier to feed than some congeners. To increase your chances of success, keep it in a tank with a live sand bed, which will provide the tiny invertebrates that are its natural prey.

[edit] Notes

Like all sleeper gobies, it is prone to jumping out of the aquarium.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Ward’s Sleeper GobyRDF feed
Common name Ward’s Sleeper Goby  +, Tiger Sleeper Goby  +, Ward's Goby  +, and Ward's Sleeper  +
Family Gobiidae  +
Genus Valenciennea  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 5 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 55 gal  +
Native range Indian Ocean  +, and Western Pacific  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name wardi  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +