Bella Goby: All you need to know

Ready to learn about Bella Goby? These Gobies are very fun to watch, and they are also very active. They are always swimming around, especially when you have a pair of them in your aquarium. It is a lot of fun watching them.

Bella Goby

The Bella Gobies can be hard to find sometimes, and when you do find them, they are a rather expensive addition to your tank. They have beautiful purple and orange color down their body. They look outstanding under actinic blue lights. And some of them may have a dominant gold head with a blue line going down their eye. It is a beautiful fish to look at. 

They are big-time sand swifters. They are continually looking from worms as they pick up a big mouth full of sand and shift through it. The sand-sifting will make your sand bed looking fresh. So, everything is good about getting this Goby, because they will make your tank look great. 

Bella Gobies are considered very peaceful fish, so you should not expect to see much aggression coming from them towards your other fish. They do well in pairs. You do not want to keep more than two. More than that can cause some aggression towards the other Goby, so watch out for that. Unlike the Yellow Goby, they do not spend most of their time in a sand cave. They are very active.

Like many other Goby fish, the Bella Goby is considered reef safe, so not only will they not pick on your corals, but they will also keep your sand-bed clean and looking good. They get up to 6-inches long, which is pretty big for Goby.

In the wild, they can be found in the oceans around the Philippines.


Bella Goby Tank Requirments

The Bella Goby is a sand sifting Goby, so they do best in an established tank with a sand-bed. Many places claim that they can be put in a 30-gallon aquarium. While this is true, they are likely to make your water cloudy as they sift the sand in the tank. This is less of an issue if you put them into a larger aquarium. Also, as mentioned before, they get 6 inches long and are very active, so while you may be able to fit one in a 30-gallon tank for a while, they will outgrow it.

Make sure you have a sand-bed, preferably very deep sand-bed or at least two inches deep. They will create caves, and if they feel threatened, they will hide in them. You also want a good rock structure, make some tunnels and rooms for them to hide in them.

So, I recommend a 55-gallon tank or larger. It gives them plenty of room to run around, swift the sand, and make little sand caves. 

As for your water parameters requirements, they are relatively standard: Temperature between 72-78 degrees (22-25 celsius), dKH between 8-12, pH between 8.1-8.4 and salinity between 1.020-1.025.


Bella Goby Diet

The Bella Goby is a carnivore. Luckily they are not picky eaters. Frozen foods like brine or mysis shrimps cubes, high-quality flakes, or pellets are all good. Pellet foods are good because sometimes when they are a little shy to eat at the beginning and hide in there caves, especially if you have tank mates that are aggressive eaters. You can drop pellets down in the tank. They will come out and eat them. 


Cautions Bell Goby

You want to have a glass or mesh lid on your tank. They are jumpers, especially when you first get them. They seem to be drawn to the small uncovered spots and seem to find them and jump out of it. So make sure that you have everything covered well. 

They are straightforward to take care of, make sure of the above precautions. Fill the sand-bed with the finest sand because they can choke on sand sometimes. 

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