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Brachygobius xanthozonus - Bumblebee gobyMagyarul / Hungarian
Brachygobius xanthozonus - Bumblebee gobyBrachygobius xanthozonus - Bumblebee gobyBrachygobius xanthozonus - Bumblebee goby
  • Scientific name: Brachygobius xanthozonus
  • Synonyms: Brachygobius xanthozona, Bumblebee fish, Golden-banded goby
  • Common name: Bumblebee goby
  • Group: Brackish fishes
  • Habitat: Asia; Sumatra, Java, Borneo.
  • Size: 5 cm
  • Biotope: Fresh and brackish water in Borneo, Java, India , Malaysia , Sumatra, and Thailand
  • Social behavior: A peaceful, quiet fish that can be kept in a brackish water tank with small to mediumsized fish.This species is very territorial towards others of its own species, although suggest keeping itin groups as this disperses aggression.
  • Diet: Live, worms, insect larvae, crustaceans, tablets
  • Breeding: Breeding is not difficult under the proper conditions.
  • Tank: Minimum 80 litres
  • Population: 5-6 fish for 100 litres
  • Decoration: A shallow, wide tank is preferred. Providea retreat for each fish with rocks, wood, pipes, shells, and roots. Use plants that can tolerate brackishwater.The substrate should be sand, although fine gravel is acceptable.
  • Temperature: 22-28 °C
  • pH: 7,5-8,5
  • Hardness: 11,2-19,6NK°
  • Salinity: 2-10%
  • Lifespan: 4 years

Description: The Basic background color of the the Goby is a pleasant Honey Yellow or mustard color. This color is marked with a series of Black vertical band and spots. Usually there are four main bands, The first runs over the fishes head near the eye. The next two bands cove the body and slightly on the fins. The final band ends at the start of the tail (caudal) fin. In between the bands There can be less pronounced Black spots. As the fish ages the Black tends to fade and the Yellow becomes more pronounced.

Feeding your gobies will be the most difficult part of maintaining them. They will eat only live food such as Brine shrimp, Daphnia, Cyclops and Mosquito larvae. Some have had success in getting the fish to eat frozen, however they seem not to recognize it as food unless it is moving. Although they can be kept in a community setting with other salt tolerant species ( Mollies or Platies ) they will remain shy and not flourish. They will be happiest in a species tank. Keep a fairly large number, ten or more, in the tank and provide plenty of hiding places such as stones tubes and caves. Plants will be limited to salt tolerant varieties and probably the best choice will be the die hard Java fern, plastic may be a better choice. The water should have a small amount of marine mix to increase the salinity. One to two teaspoons per two gallons should be OK. Although you do not want heavy circulation, aeration and filtration should be efficient.

Not one of the easier fish to breed. Condition the fish well with a varied diet of small live foods such as mosquito larvae, brine shrimp and Daphnia. I has been reported that breeding can be initiated by the addition of some fresh water to the tank. You should be able to tell when the fish are ready when the females become visibly plumper and male's black bars almost disappear. The eggs are usually laid in flower pots, under rocks or in caves. The eggs are guarded fiercely by the male. In four to five days the eggs will hatch. The fry are very difficult to feed and should consist of liquid foods (infusoria ) and then baby brine shrimp. Once hatched you should move the parents as they tend to eat the young. The young will swim in all strata of the tank and after four to five weeks settle on the bottom and start to take on the adult coloration.