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Golden Head Sleeper Goby

 
Gold Head Sleeper Gobies, also known as Bluestreak Gobies or Yellow Head Gobies, have pale bodies, golden yellow heads, and blue markings on their cheeks. This fish is best known as part of the group of gobies known...


Scientific Name Valenciennea strigata


Common Names Yellowheaded Sleeper Goby, Pennant Glider, Yellowheaded Sleeper, Golden Head Sleeper, Blueband Goby, Bluestreak Goby , Sleeper Gold Head Goby


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Not my favorite goby featured

Comments I love goby, they are among my favorite fish to keep. I've even kept the brackish bumble bee goby. The Sleeper goby is not one of my favorites. While it does have nice coloration on the head, the rest of the body is rather bland. I also find the torpedo shape of the body to be less-goby-like than other species, taking away one of the things I like most about the group.

Many Sleepers will take prepared foods, but an aquarist has to be careful, because many will not. This is a sand-sifting goby so it gets its balanced diet from foraging. For this reason a larger tank is required. I would recommend at least a 48" long tank (usually a 55 gallon) with plenty of live sand for it to sift through. It will also be more healthy if you have a mature tank (at least a year old) or an established tank (six months old) with an attached refugium. This will insure there is plenty of infauna to feast on. When they do eat prepared foods, include some worms, shrimp, and carnivore formula for them. The color they do have will be enhanced when they have a balanced diet. They should be fed often.

The Sleeper will burrow. As will all burrowing species it's important to make sure your rock work is resting on the glass bottom of your tank. If not, this fish will did underneath it, causing it to settle and creating a minor earthquake in your tank. This can cause rocks to tumble and shift which can damage corals and even the fish itself could be crushed. The sand sifting never stops (that's how it eats) and will certainly not allow you to do any meaningful aquascaping that involves the sand bed.

If you can get a mated pair the two will live well together, and the Sleeper will get a long with the other fish in your tank, but will be aggressive toward conspecifics.

Like many goby, the Sleeper is a jumper. If spooked it will either dart into a cave but if not close to its cave it will go right out of the tank. For this reason it's best not to keep it with aggressive or semi-aggressive fish.


Liked about it 1. Fun to watch sand sifting.
2. Peaceful fish.


Didn't like 1. Jumper.
2. Not as attractive as other goby (personal opinion I know).
3. Requires larger tank and plenty of sand for a proper, balanced diet.


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By tcamos
Sep 21, 2010
 
Last updated: October 16, 2010
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best fish ever

Comments This is a really easy fish and is really easy i think to keep it will shift at the sand all day long and it will get some food from that and it will also need to be feed


Liked about it I like that it keeps my sand nice and white and clean it it also keeps the sand airated he is also really lively and will swim all around the tank and he will eat what ever he can find even of rocks and the glass. They are a over all great fish to have and a fun fish to watch.


Didn't like There was really nothing i didnt like about this fish i have so far had no problems with this fish and they are very benifitury to your tank.


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By gr.dane101
May 06, 2011
 
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Awesome Sand Sifter

Comments Often called the Yellow Head Sleeper Goby. Its head is yellow-gold with a sapphire-blue stripe below the eyes, and the rest of the body is off-white. I bought a pair of these guys about a year ago. They really keep the sand clean. Thats all they do is scoop up sand and sift through it looking for food. Sometimes it can be hard to teach them to eat prepared foods. They will find a cave or dig there own hole for their home. If frightened they will bolt there quickly.


Liked about it Liked how they would keep the sand turned and clean. Also really like the colors. They are very peaceful fish always swimming out in the open.


Didn't like They sift so much that I had to trade them in. I have alot of current and they had the whole tank covered with sand. Everything! Don't get me wrong these guys do a great job and are a great saltwater tank addition. They just weren't a good fit for me.


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By rugman7
Apr 23, 2010
 
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Great way to keep your sand clean

Comments They are really easy going and get along great with my other fish in the tank. The sleeper and my sailfin hang around all day long in the tank.


Liked about it I have a really fine sand bed and the sleeper goby really helps keeping the sand clean and turned over.


Didn't like He is always sifting and when he takes a mouthfull of sand he brings it up and sifts it right on to my corals


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4.5

By wdb salt
Nov 13, 2010
 
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Great Fish

General I bought a pair a few years back. One smaller one larger I saw then hanging out together in the tank at the lfs. I had a deep sand bed at the time and needed something to keep it clean. These fish are incredible at cleaning the sand. They never stop cleaning. They mind their own business and never start trouble. I would highly recommend these fish for anyone with a large enough tank and has a fine sand bed. I wouldn't recommend these fish for someone with a rubble sand bed.


Liked about it Everything!


Didn't like Nothing!


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By partobe
Jul 09, 2009
 
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The shovel

General If you have a dirty sand bed this guy here will clean it right up.


Liked about it Great sand cleaner. Cool colors on his head


Didn't like Will dig a hole in sand bed to make a home


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By clowninaround
Jun 07, 2009
 
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