Gold Head Sleeper Goby (Valencienna strigata)

The Sleeper Gold Head Goby, is known by many names including the Pennant Glider, Yellowheaded or Golden Head Sleeper, or Blueband, Bluestreak, or Yellowheaded Sleeper Goby. Its head is yellow-gold with a sapphire-blue stripe below the eyes, and the rest of the body is off-white.

To be successfully cared for, it should be housed in a 50 gallon or larger aquarium with live sand as the substrate, and an attached populated refugium. A well-sealed canopy should be provided. It rarely will become aggressive towards other fish, but is territorial, and will fight with its own kind unless they are a mated pair.

It feeds off the bottom as it sifts through the sand eating mouthfuls of substrate and the food that lives within the sand, keeping the substrate well oxygenated. The Sleeper Gold Head Goby feeds on a variety of live and frozen brine shrimp, mysid shrimp, live black worms, and prepared foods for carnivores, and should be fed frequently.

My Experience:

New very interesting fish added to my tank. I had a problem with my rocks going brown a couple of days after cleaning the tank, I needed something to turn the rocks over. I was going to buy a star fish but the aquarium shop said they don't move a lot of rocks, they're quite lazy. So this awesome little guy was perfect.

Within a day all my rocks were nice and white. What he does is picks up the rocks in his mouth and they come out through his gills, its amazing to watch. Some people say they drop the rocks all over they're coral, but so far he is behaving. He has only done it once when he had a mouthful and another fish scared him and he swam away dropping it as he went.

You need to supplement these fish's food, you can't rely on it getting all he needs from your substrate. He loves marine dinner, which is a mash of frozen food, I burry it just under the surface near his cave and he digs it up. When you buy a goby make sure you ask if he is eating frozen food, even get them to show you. If he wont eat frozen food he will starve in a couple of months.

My other advice is don't siphon your rocks, leave it to this guy. When you siphon you suck up all the critters he would love to eat.


Official Recommendations
My Observation/In my tank
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Care Level: Difficult If you have one that already eats frozen food, you just need to feed him once a day and he will be happy.
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F
sg 1.020-1.025
pH 8.1-8.4
dKH 8-12

Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 7 "
Color Form: Cream, Gold, Yellow
Temperament: Peaceful
Yep he's shy
Reef Compatible: Yes
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Coral Sea, Fiji, Indo-Pacific
Family: Gobiidae


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