blue neon goby - freshwater goby
The Blue Neon Goby (Stiphondon Atropurpureus) is an extremely colorful and relatively easy to keep fish. These bottom dwellers are quite impressive in coloration and make beautiful addition to the aquarium.
Blue Neon Gobies are peaceful and can be kept with other peaceful fish preferably of similar size. One tank may be kept with several Blue Neon Gobies, but care should be taken to provide hiding places if more than one male is kept together as the males can display a small amount of aggression towards one another. These fish prefer a PH of 6.5-7.5 and temperatures of 72-76 degrees Fahrenheit. They feed on algae, and while clean water and consistent water changes are essential, they do better when algae is allowed to grow in the tank for them to feed on. They also prefer a substrate which they can burrow in such as sand or fine gravel and also appreciate driftwood to hide under or behind.
Sexing of Blue Neon Gobies is relatively easy. The females are lighter in color than the males and display a jagged or zig zag lateral stripe while the males have much darker colored bodies. Both sexes max out between 40-50mm or 1.5-2 inches. They sometimes spawn in freshwater, but brackish water is needed for the young to survive. Care should be taken when providing a top for the tank these fish are kept in since they are capable of climbing the glass.
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