Clown Goby, Yellow

Clown Goby, Yellow
Latin name:
(Gobiodon okinawae)

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Preferred Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

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The Yellow Clown Goby, also known as Gobiodon okinawae, is a peaceful inhabitant of the Indo-Pacific reefs. It is a member of the Gobiidae family and dwells among the soft and hard coral colonies. As such, it makes for a great addition to any reef aquarium home to polyp corals. The Goby will swim and perch among the polyps and can provide a great viewing experience for the aquarist. It is important to be mindful when pairing this species with SPS corals, as it may nip at their smaller polyps. With proper care and attention, the Yellow Clown Goby can be a beautiful and peaceful addition to any reef aquarium.

The Yellow Clown Goby is a peaceful and resilient fish that can make a great addition to any home aquarium. It is hardy, and can tolerate a wide range of water parameters. For the best care, house single specimens in a 10 gallon or larger aquarium, preferably with branching coral to best recreate the natural habitat of the Yellow Clown Goby. As it is a territorial species, it is best to keep one specimen per aquarium; however, in larger systems, multiple specimens can be kept together as long as there is plenty of hiding space. In smaller aquarium systems, it will fight with its own kind and is best kept with other docile species. Therefore, proper research should be conducted before deciding to keep multiple specimens in one tank. With the right environment and care, the Yellow Clown Goby can make a vibrant and interesting addition to any aquarium.

It is common for the Yellow Clown Goby to spawn in an aquarium. Be cautious if the aquarium contains Acropora sp. or similar SPS corals. The female Yellow Clown Goby will lay her eggs on the underside of the coral’s branch, which will cause tissue recession in that area of the coral. However, under good conditions, the coral will regenerate the lost tissue.