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The Rainford's Goby, scientifically known as Amblygobius rainfordi, is a captivating marine fish appreciated for its vibrant colors and unique behavior. Popular among reef enthusiasts, this goby species adds both visual appeal and beneficial characteristics to marine aquariums.


  • Average Size: 3 inches
  • Max Size: Up to 3 inches
  • Tank Size Required: Suitable for nano and larger reef aquariums, with a recommended tank size of at least 20 gallons.


Temperament: Rainford's Gobies are generally peaceful and can be kept in pairs or small groups if introduced simultaneously. They spend much of their time sifting through the substrate, contributing to a well-aerated aquarium.


Unique Traits: Distinguished by its striking coloration, the Rainford's Goby features a white to light blue body adorned with vibrant orange and yellow markings. They are excellent substrate sifters, promoting a healthy sandbed and helping prevent detritus buildup.


Origin: Indigenous to the Western Pacific, including regions such as Fiji, Indonesia, and the Great Barrier Reef, Rainford's Gobies are found in sandy and rubble areas near coral reefs.


Other Names:

  • Amblygobius rainfordi
  • Rainford's Goby


Care Level: Easy


Diet: Rainford's Gobies are omnivores. They primarily feed on small crustaceans and other microorganisms found in the substrate. It's essential to provide a well-balanced diet, including high-quality marine flakes, pellets, and occasional offerings of frozen or live foods like brine shrimp or mysis shrimp.


Characteristics and Looks: Rainford's Gobies are characterized by their slender body, vibrant coloration, and distinctive markings. They have a dorsal fin that is elongated and two pelvic fins modified into a suction cup-like structure, aiding them in their substrate-sifting behavior.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 8.1-8.4
  • Salinity: 1.023-1.025
  • Temperature: 72-78°F


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."

Rainfords Goby

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