The Sleeper Banded Goby, scientifically known as Amblygobius phalaena, is a fascinating and highly sought-after saltwater fish species that brings both beauty and beneficial behavior to marine aquariums. With its unique appearance and sand-sifting behavior, the Sleeper Banded Goby is a valuable addition that enhances the health and aesthetics of your aquarium.
The Sleeper Banded Goby features a striking appearance with alternating white and orange bands along its elongated body. Its large eyes and expressive face add to its charming presence. These gobies are known for their sand-sifting behavior, where they sift through the substrate in search of small invertebrates, detritus, and algae. This behavior helps to aerate and maintain the cleanliness of the sand bed.
These gobies are generally peaceful and can be kept in small groups if the aquarium is spacious enough. They are well-suited for reef aquariums, as they won't typically bother corals or other tank inhabitants. Providing plenty of live rock and a sandy substrate will offer them ample hiding spots and a natural environment to thrive in.
Caring for the Sleeper Banded Goby is relatively straightforward. They prefer stable water conditions with appropriate salinity, temperature, and pH levels. A well-established aquarium with a sand bed and ample hiding spots will contribute to their well-being. While they primarily feed on the microorganisms they sift from the sand, you can also supplement their diet with high-quality marine pellets and frozen foods.
- Temperature: 72-78°F
- pH: 8.1-8.4
- Salinity: 1.023-1.025
Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Our team of experts is always happy to provide personalized guidance and answer any questions you may have about the care of the Sleeper Banded Goby.