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Clown Goby Care: Gobiodon spp.

The clown goby (Gobiodon spp.) charms people with a combination of its tiny size, cute shape, and dazzling array of colors. You don’t need to break the bank to add one – or even a pair – to your display reef tank, either. And under ideal conditions, they’ll add the …

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Engineer Goby: The Awesome Cichlid of the Sea

The engineer goby is one of my absolutely favorite saltwater fish. I’ve kept them in my display tank for years. They’re one of the most inexpensive fish in the saltwater aquarium hobby, too. Most of the time, they cost below $10 for a small juvenile fish. And if you aren’t …

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Mandarin Goby, Synchiropus splendidus, in the Reef Aquarium

The mandarin goby is arguably one of the most beautiful reef fish you will ever see. Let’s dive a bit deeper into some of the most common questions about keeping this amazing saltwater aquarium fish. Quick facts How long do mandarin gobies live? Are mandarin gobies hard to keep? What does …

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Neon Goby, Elacatinus oceanops, easy breeder or challenging

The Neon gobies are some of my absolute favorite saltwater fish of all time. They are small, with over-sized personalities,  aquacultured and inexpensive, but not ubiquitous. Quick facts about the Neon gobies There are actually several different species of neon goby: Elacatinus oceanops, the Neon goby Elacatinus figaro, the Yellowline goby …

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Diamond Goby Care

The Diamond Goby is a peaceful reef fish that will liven up your tank with a subtle burst of color (spots) and personality. They are a reasonably hardy species of fish that should be easy for beginners or advanced hobbyists to care for–and watching them dig through and sift the …

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Saltwater firefish goby: quick facts, care guide, diet and more

You will probably agree with me that the saltwater firefish goby, Nemateleotris magnifica, is a gorgeous saltwater fish, right? It is inexpensive, commonly available in the trade, and might be at your local fish store right now. If you’re thinking about adding one to your reef tank, check out the rest …

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Best saltwater fish for a 30 gallon tank

Looking for an aquarium that’s not too big, not too heavy, and not too small? Sounds like a 30-gallon saltwater tank may be the right fit for you and your space.  A 30-gallon saltwater tank has a few advantages over 10-gallon and 20-gallon tanks, including: A wider range of saltwater …

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Rock Flower Anemone Care: Phymanthus spp.

The rock flower anemone (Phymanthus spp.) gets its name from the staggering variety of colors the different morphs come in. Not to mention the structure of the oral disc. With no tentacles surrounding the mouth, they resemble a brilliant field of, well – flowers. And if you’ve ever considered adding …

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25 Best saltwater fish for a 10-gallon tank

10 gallons (37.9 liters) can be a nice size for a first saltwater tank or…a second saltwater tank. It is small enough to fit just about anywhere. The “biggest” problem with a 10-gallon tank is that it is on the small side–but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a …

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Purple Tang Care: Zebrasoma xanthurum

The purple tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum) stands out as one of the most beautiful members of the surgeonfish group. The rich tones of their scales draw the eye immediately, even in a vibrant reef tank. However, they’re not tangs for the faint of heart – or the light of wallet. Purple …