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Citron Clown Goby

 
These tiny gobies may differ in coloration between individual specimens. Most are brilliant yellow in color, though some may be more pastel in coloration. The Clown Goby spends time in coral heads, alive or ornamental,...


Scientific Name Gobiodon citrinus


Common Names Citron Goby, Citrin Goby, Clown Goby, Poison Goby


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Another great clown goby species to keep featured

Comments Clown goby, yellow, black and green, are among my favorite fish, at any given time I will have a half dozen of them in my tank. One thing to keep in mind, is that each is a unique species and not just a color-morph. The Citron is a great example of this as it may look somewhat like the other clown goby, but it is unique. For example, this species grows about an inch longer and is deeper keeled than the others.

In the wild the Citron lives among the branches of acropora corals and part of its diet consists of the polyps of this coral. Even though this is the case, the fish is considered reef-safe as long as the tank contains either no acropora or a large enough amount that the Citron will not adversely affect the growth of a single colony. If no acropora is available they seem at home among soft corals, but do not nip them.

A ten gallon tank is large enough to house one of these, but if a second is added they will fight. More than one can be kept in a larger tank and the larger size will keep them from sparring, it's only in close quarters there is a problem. They do well with other peaceful fish only defending their territory against their own kind.

They will readily eat prepared foods for carnivores and frozen as brine and Mysis shrimp.

They have been known to spawn in captivity.

Even though the additional color on the cheeks makes this more attractive than other clown goby species, I still don't fully recommend it due to the polyp eating behavior, size, and even though it is even tempered it doesn't get along with its own kind as well as other clown goby get along with their own kind.


Liked about it 1. Bright, attractive fish
2. Easy to care for and hardy
3. Peaceful with other peaceful tank mates


Didn't like 1. Nips acropora polyps. If only a small amount of acropora exists in a tank it will do damage to the colony.
2. Lays eggs on the underside of acropora branches which causes damage to the tissue there.
3. More aggressive toward its own kind than other clown goby species meaning that more space is required per fish


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By tcamos
Jun 17, 2010
 
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small with huge personality

Comments probably one of my favorite fish of all time, this fish is full of personality. they make great nano fish. they are the largest of the clown gobies. i have had mine for 2 months now. the only problem with this fish and other of its kind is that they can be hard to get feeding. clown gobies in general come into the trade malnourished, and can sometimes die within a month. i quickly got it eating cyclopleeze. i saw that wasn't enough so i finally got it eating pieces of shrimp using the spot feeding method. that is the only reason that makes them difficult. they typically don't do well in large tanks, because its hard to get to them, or they get lost. Hope citron clown goby owners enjoy.


Liked about it -personality
-size
-color and marks around its face


Didn't like -its needs to be watched closely when recently bought, as it can get sick easily
-some of them can be hard to feed
-easy targets for bigger fish


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By gabranth17
Jun 18, 2010
 
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Great nano fish

Comments These little gobies are very cute and very hardy. They are great for small nano tanks and do not grow large at all. They are usually found perched on live rock or in a coral. They will accept just about every kind of meaty food. The color is neat as well.


Liked about it Small size, hardy, excepts all varities of food


Didn't like none


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By fishoutofwater25
Nov 14, 2010
 
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