Orange Diamond Goby - Valenciennea puellaris - Watchman Daimond Goby - Maiden Goby - Orangespotted Sleeper Goby
Orange Diamond Goby - Valenciennea puellaris The Orange Diamond Goby is a cream/white colored fish with several lateral rows of orange spots along it's entire body. It also has several lateral rows of iridescent blue spots from the pectoral fins to the mouth. It's underside is a plain cream/white color. The Orange Diamond Goby have an elongated body, long, blunt head, and high-set eyes. The Orange Diamond Goby do not have a swim bladder. This is why they spend most of their time in a still position. Swimming will be brief and jerky. In the home aquarium, the Orange Diamond Goby shares the job of maintaining your substrate. Constantly sifting through the sand to find food or make a burrow, the Goby turns over the sand bed and prevents algae from covering the surface. The work of the Orange Diamond Goby also prevents detritus from accumulating and forming dead spots in your sand bed and from the sand becoming packed down. The Orange Diamond Goby will not spray sand all over the rocks or corals but you may, however, have to flatten your sand bed every now and then when the Goby has made it look like sand dunes in the desert Gobies live in holes either found or dug in the sand. The Orange Diamond Goby will tolerate moderate to bright lighting but they need some dimly light areas to retreat to. They will typically chase after food in the water column but they will never get too far from the safety of their burrow. The Orange Diamond Goby are peaceful and will not bother other fish or invertebrates. They will do well in a community tank. The Orange Diamond Goby may rest upon corals and clams. Most corals will tolerate this, but Tridacnid clams and gorgonians are especially sensitive. The coral or clam may not expand fully and would then begin suffering from lack of light, etc. The Orange Diamond Goby can share a burrow with a mate. They may also share a burrow with another Goby of the same or a similar species. They may establish territories but the territories will be small. Spawning in the Orange Diamond Goby takes place in burrows or caves. The eggs are guarded by the male. After hatching, the larvae drift into the plankton to develop. They will migrate back to the sea floor as juveniles. General Size Specifications:
The Orange Diamond Goby can grow to 6 to 7 inches (17 cm). Habitat:
The Orange Diamond Gob fish is found in the Indo-Pacific region, from the Red Sea to Samoa, north to southern Japan, south to the Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia. In the wild, this fish will inhabit the sandy areas of a clear lagoon and seaward reefs. They are usually found in pairs and use burrows as a refuge. The burrows will be shallow (only a few centimeters) and made under large pieces of rubble. This fish has also been found on dark volcanic sand such as what is found in the Philippines, Indonesia, and the northern Mariana Island. Feeding and Diet:
The Orange Diamond Goby are primarily carnivores. They will sift the sand through their gills looking for worms and small crustaceans. They are known to accept brine shrimp. They can also be offered mysis shrimp, finely chopped meat and fish. Live and frozen foods should be given. It is frequently reported that the Orange Diamond Goby starves to death due to a lack of food in the substrate.