A large mature reef aquarium with a deep sand bed is a must for this
species, which is recommended for advanced aquarists only. Blue Cheek
gobies like to excavate burrows underneath coral bases or rocks, so be
sure that any structures are secure, and that there is a good depth of
(live) sand in most parts of the aquarium. This will not only enable
them to create a burrow, but is also a vital lifeline for them as they
sift through this substrate in search for tiny invertebrate food items.
The sand is taken in through the mouth, the food items swallowed, and
the remaining sand expelled through the gills. These fish are not
particular where they dump the sand they have sifted, and as it is
usually expelled whilst the fish are in motion, it can end up dropping
down onto and swamping prized corals. For this reason, they are not
always a welcome addition to aquaria containing delicate coral life, and
careful planning is needed. However, if their requirements can be met,
it must be said that these fish do a remarkably good job of overturning
the substrate and keeping it looking fresh. Wherever possible, this is a
species that should be maintained in a compatible pair. Blue Cheek
gobies should not be kept alongside other members of the Valenciennea
genus as they will quarrel.
The recommended water temperature when keeping Blue Cheek Goby is 72-80° F (22-27° C), the pH-value should be kept in the 8.1-8.4 interval, and the specific gravity should be 1.020-1.025. A carbonate hardness of 8 - 12° dKH is ideal.
Blue Cheek Goby
- Product Code: Blue Cheek
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