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One of the world's sexiest gobies ... is freshwater

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 06, 2017 09:00 AM
This is Stiphodon anniaeae. It may look saltwater, but this gaudy goby was only recently discovered (2014) on the rocky bottom of clear freshwater streams in Indonesia.
One of the world's sexiest gobies ... is freshwater

Stiphodon anniaeae. (Photo: R. Hadiaty)

Stiphodon anniaeae is found in high gradient, fast-moving rivers in Halmahera (Indonesia).  Its beauty takes after the rest of the genus;  Stiphodon contains some of the world's most beautiful gobies, freshwater or saltwater.  A Google image search of "Stiphodon" results in eye-candy galore.

Stiphodon are active, peaceful omnivores.  While not all that common in the hobby, they make great aquarium fish if you can replicate their habitat of fast-moving streams.  The water should be well oxygenated and clean, and large smooth rocks (e.g. "river stones") will provide natural landing spots for these gobies.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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