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Spotted Watchman Goby

 
Pink Spot Watchman Gobies are colorful and attractive gobies for a community fish-only or reef aquarium. They have light-colored bodies with bright pink and blue spots on their head and pinkish bands along their sides....


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Great beginner fish or a great fish for smaller tanks featured

Comments I've always seen this called the pink and blue spotted watchman goby, but that's a mouth full so "Spotted watchman" works really well.

I would recommend this fish for a beginner for sure as it is hardy, easy to feed, and not aggressive.

The Spotted watchman goby can live commensally with a pistol shrimp. The pairing is incredibility interesting, suffice it to say, you will derive endless hours of pleasure from watching them together.

Unlike the yellow watchman goby, which I find boring without a shrimp, I actually keep my spotted goby without one. His behavior is more outgoing and fun to watch, he doesn't hide in a hole all day.

When I was first thinking about getting this fish I did my research and read over and over again that this was not a sand sifting species. Someone forgot to tell my fish that, because he started sand sifting a few days after putting him in the tank. Granted he doesn't do it all day long, and it isn't the primary way he gets his food, but it is still one more interesting reason to keep this fish.

He eats whatever I put in the tank, mostly Formula 2 with a weekly treat of mysis or brine shrimp.

They are not aggressive fish but will defend their little chunk of the tank in a regular and mild way, nothing I would call aggressive at all. Most of the time he just lets the other fish swim by without even looking at it.

They grow about 4" long but can perhaps get up to 5". Because of their sedentary nature they can easily be kept in a 20 gallon tank and be happy as long as there is enough rock work for them to hide in.

When you take the time to really look at this fish, the coloration is amazing. The dorsal fin not only has the titular pink and blue spots but a sort of iridescence as well.

I love the color, activity, and behavior of this well tempered fish.


Liked about it 1. Affordable
2. Hardy
3. Feeds well
4. Awesome activity with pistol shrimp pairing
5. Not aggressive


Didn't like 1. Large enough to put a major dent in your pod population in a smaller tank.


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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

By tcamos
Sep 23, 2010
 
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good looking tankmate

Comments The pink spotted watchman goby is a relatively easy fish to care for. They are the garbage disposal of my current tank setup. You name it, and they will devour it. Everything from flake food, to pellets, to frozen cubes. I have yet to put a food in my tank that he doesn't go after. When target feeding my zoas with live phytoplankton, the dude, goes absolutely nuts.


Liked about it here are a few things that I like about this fish:
1. sifts the sand
2. very easy to feed
3. very "photogenic"...likes to "pose" for me for extended periods of time :)


Didn't like there are a couple of things I don't like about my fish:
1. he is constantly rubbing his belly on the sand on the bottom which creates a light dusting of sand over my LR in the bottom half of my tank
2. when he isn't causing sandstorms, he likes to perch on my live rock, which is cool, except for the fact that he has plenty of rock to choose from and he ALWAYS perches on my zoas


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2.5
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2.0
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3.0

By 9erNation
Apr 28, 2010
 
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Easy to keep goby with personality that doesn't sift sand excessively

Comments The pink spotted watchman goby (Cryptocentrus leptocephalus) has lots of personality and helps clean the sand substrate too. It does not shift sand over corals; it pulls smaller amounts of sand into its mouth and passes it out its gills. Only one of its species should be kept in a tank; the semi-aggressive fish tends to leave the same size or larger fish alone. It requires a 30 gallon + tank that is lidded as this goby can jump out. The goby's behavior was more active in a very lightly stocked tank; it hide in caverns more often when much larger fish were added. It would always come out to eat chopped table shrimp. A carnivore, the goby liked a variety of frozen foods (mysis shrimp and brine shrimp) as well as marine flakes. It grows quickly to about 4".


Liked about it The behavior is interesting as it will peer over rocks to wait for feedings. When well-fed its pink spots surrounded by blue and its pale tan body stripes intensify. It uses its pectoral fins to hold itself up, like on a tripod, off the sand. The face's triangular shape and high close set eyes make it look like a child's Muppett character.


Didn't like Reactive to other fish and would hide when new fish added to tank; it is most attractive when moving freely about the tank. Needs carnivore feedings a couple of times every day. Can jump out.


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5.0
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5.0

By Fielding12
Feb 22, 2010
 
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Great fish! Worth the money!

Comments This is one of my favorite fish. It sifts the sand keeping it sparkly clean. It has great character and the family loves him.


Liked about it Funny
Sifts sand
Eats just about anything


Didn't like Can limit what corals you can get because they will spit sand everywhere.
Other than that; nothing


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4.8
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5.0
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4.5

By Coreyb
Jan 02, 2011
 
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