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Clown Goby, Citrinis
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Clown Goby, Citrinis (Gobiodon citrinus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Blue, Tan, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 2"
Origin Africa, Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives
Family Gobiidae
Minimum Tank Size 10 gallons
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The Citrinis Clown Goby, also known as the Citron or Citrin Goby, is common within the reefs of Sri Lanka and the Coral Sea. They are usually found among soft and hard coral colonies. They are a small yellow fish with blue vertical lines around the eyes and gills, and a blue horizontal line along the dorsal fin. Their body color can vary between dark brown and pale yellow. They are a peaceful fish that makes a wonderful addition to a reef aquarium containing colonies of polyp coral and other soft corals, as they enjoy swimming and hiding amongst the polyps.

The Citrinis Clown Goby feeds on the mucous polyps of Acropora sp. in the wild and is considered reef safe but will nip at the polyps or bases of Acropora sp. and possibly other SPS corals. If the SPS dominated aquarium is not heavily stocked with very mature colonies these fish may severely damage Acropora sp. in these displays.

It requires a 10 gallon or larger aquarium and prefers branched corals, often resting on them for hours at a time. It will rarely become aggressive towards other fish, but will fight with its own kind in smaller tanks. It is best if it is kept with other docile species.

It is common for clown gobies to spawn in an aquarium. Caution should be exercised if the aquarium contains Acropora sp. or similar SPS corals. They will lay their eggs on the underside of the coral's branch, which will cause tissue recession in that area of the coral.

The Citrinis Clown Goby's diet should consist of a variety of brine shrimp, frozen mysis shrimp, table shrimp, and frozen food preparations for carnivores.

Approximate Purchase Size:; Small: 1/2" to 3/4"; Medium: 3/4" to 1-1/4" ; Large: 1-1/4" to 2"

Customer Testimonials

Candy V. Washburn , WI
My citrine goby was a little slower than the yellow clown gobies to adapt to life in a large reef tank, but now stays in the open. Sometimes he will attack the smaller yellow clown gobies during feedings.
Sophia Graniela Phoenicia , NY
WOW - what a gorgeous, adorable little fish! I got my citrinis clown goby today from and it was top notch. Looks just like the picture! I will probably be putting another fish with him in my 12g NC but I love him and he is a must have for any aquarium. Thank you Live Aquaria!
Charles Pope Rainsville , AL
Cool fish. Great specimen. Loves to perch on rock. A great peaceful tank-mate.
Jack Beardmore Philadelphia , NY
My Citrinis Goby came in perfect condition. Very nice specimen. Thanks LiveAquaria!
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