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Starry Goby, Captive-Bred, Biota
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Captive-Bred
Starry Goby, Captive-Bred, Biota (Asterropteryx semipunctatus)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Blue, Grey
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 2½"
Origin Captive-Bred
Family Gobiidae
Minimum Tank Size 10 gallons
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Overview

LiveAquaria® is proud to present the Biota Captive-Bred Starry Goby as part of our increasing selection of captive bred, sustainably raised and cultured aquatic life available for hobbyists to stock their aquarium. Captive-bred Starry Gobies have a unique advantage over wild-harvested species. They are hardier and more accustomed to conditions found in home aquariums. Therefore, they make a great choice for novices and seasoned aquarists alike.

The Biota Captive-Bred Starry Goby is a small, hardy, and ornate goby that is not often available in the hobby despite its wide natural distribution. In the wild, the Starry Goby is distributed across the Indo-Pacific Ocean from the Persian Gulf and Red Sea to the Hawaiian Islands, north to southern Japan, and south to northern Australia where it typically inhabits sandy, rubble zones in shallow protected bays, coral reefs, lagoons and tidal estuaries. The Biota Captive-Bred Starry Goby boasts a beautiful, star-spangled appearance with bright iridescent blue spots that adorn a dusky, mottled body color.

The ideal setup for the Biota Captive-Bred Starry Goby should be a mature 10 gallon or larger aquarium with an established population of copepods aquascaped liberally with live rock, live sand, and plenty of hiding places. The Biota Captive-Bred Starry Goby is a peaceful and shy fish that rarely demonstrates aggression towards other fish except, perhaps on occasion, those of its own genus. Multiple individuals can be kept in larger aquarium setups but be sure to house the Biota Captive-Bred Starry Goby with fish of peaceful temperament and avoid keeping with more aggressive fish. Similar to many gobies, the Biota Captive-Bred Starry Goby will tend to spend most of its time keeping busy in and around a burrow or hole it favors.

The diet of the Biota Captive-Bred Starry Goby should consist of a variety of meaty foods and vegetable matter including mysis shrimp, other frozen meaty foods soaked in a vitamin supplement, phyto- and zooplankton foods, and flake foods. To best recreate natural feeding conditions, place the food in the outflow of a water pump or wavemaker so it actively disperses into the water column. The Biota Captive-Bred Starry Goby should be fed multiple small meals throughout the day.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 1-1/2"

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