Lagoon Shrimp Goby
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Scientific Name: Cryptocentrus cyanotaenia
Origin: Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Java, Bali, New Guinea
- Care Level: Easy
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Lifespan: 3-5 years, likely longer
- Reef Compatible: Yes
- Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
- Maximum Size: 4.7"
- Diet: Carnivore
- Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
The Lagoon Shrimp Goby is a species that can show a lot of color variation depending on where it was caught. Most have a white base with brown banding that varies from light tan to a chocolate color. They have yellow around their mouth's and can have some yellow along their body as well. Their body also features thin, bright blue markings throughout. Occasionally, they are found in a completely yellow variant that still retains the same blue markings, but the coloration may merely be related to courtship or age.
Like other gobies, they require live sand as their substrate that is deep enough for them to burrow and sift through to search for food. They should be offered live and frozen mysis and brine shrimp, and other meaty foods placed on the sand for them to find. They make a good community and reef tank fish and are generally non-aggressive but may be territorial of their burrows and fight with their own kind.