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Sleeper Gold Head Goby
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Sleeper Gold Head Goby (Valenciennea strigata)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Blue, Tan, White, 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 5½"
Origin Africa, Fiji, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka
Family Gobiidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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The Sleeper Gold Head Goby, is known by many names including the Pennant Glider, Yellowheaded or Golden Head Sleeper, or Blueband, Bluestreak, or Yellowheaded Sleeper Goby. Its head is yellow-gold with a sapphire-blue stripe below the eyes, and the rest of the body is off-white.

To be successfully cared for, it should be housed in a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with live sand as the substrate, and an attached populated refugium. A well-sealed canopy should be provided. It rarely will become aggressive towards other fish, but is territorial, and will fight with its own kind unless they are a mated pair.

It feeds off the bottom as it sifts through the sand eating mouthfuls of substrate and the food that lives within the sand, keeping the substrate well oxygenated. The Sleeper Gold Head Goby feeds on a variety of live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, live black worms, and prepared foods for carnivores, and should be fed frequently.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3"; Large 3" to 4"; XLarge: 4" to 5"

Customer Testimonials

Craig D Rush , KY
I've had a mated pair of sleeper gobies for over a year now. Beautiful, active fish. Mine have even laid eggs. Great for the sand bed, constantly moving and burrowing in the sand.
Eric G Springfield , MA
"Ben The Goby" as I call mine is a friendly fish who swims by the front of my tank and watches the people in the room. He does get scared with quick movement and will hide in his cave but only for a few seconds. He likes to rearrange the shells and decorate the front of his cave, which he seals up with sand at night
Robert M Roseland , NJ
Very cool fish to watch. Not at all shy. Mine stays up front constantly taking large mouthfuls of sand as it sifts for food. My other fish usually hang around him as he does this to eat up what he misses as he stirs up the substrate.
Grant G Fishers , IN
Mine does not hide at all. He likes the crushed coral in my reef tank. He also likes to eat hair algae. He doesn't really hide, but swims, which was unexpected! He is a great addition to my tank.
Jesse P Downey , CA
I purchased this little fellow about two weeks ago, and he is a great addition to my live rock fish only tank. He swims about the tank all day. He is not shy. He will stare at you and anyone who stands in front of the tank. He has done an excellent job sifting through the sand looking for food. I have a cleaner wrasse that attempts to pick at his scales (for food). But he opens his mouth and does not let him.
Chris G Scarsdale
I just got one and let me just say that this is one helpful goby!It needs a sizable tank with a 3 inch substrate of live sand for burrowing, it made a very cool cave! Mine is shyer then I expected but its just like a jawfish! I reccomend it to anyone!
Dany T Seattle , WA
Not sure if it’s a matter of our individual being shy and passive or if it’s a species-wide trait, but our gold head goby was extremely shy and passive. It was outcompeted by its tank mates for food and eventually starved. I wouldn’t recommend keeping this fish with a bunch of aggressive eaters—we have three Chromis and a Melanurus wrasse that go nuts at feeding time, but even our puffer and shrimp were more aggressive eaters than this guy
L Garcia Olathe , CO
I have a mated pair that I got recently and at first they hide behind the rocks for a couple of days. After they get used to the tank they will be constantly moving and burrowing in the sand! Mine made a burrow in the sand and the male and female stay together! They are for sure a neat breed! I have always liked the golden head gobies better then the diamond watchmen gobies! I highly recommend this breed and Keep an eye out on the divers den section if you want a mated pair!
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