Neon Cleaner Goby
Neon Gobies are found in Florida and the Caribbean Sea, and are one of the most recognizable and popular saltwater aquarium fish. It is well documented that this fish is a cleaner species that picks parasites and other debris from the mouth, gills and skin of larger fish. We frequently provides Neon Gobies in large quantities to public aquariums for disease control in their displays. They are small fish, reaching about 2 inches in length.
Neon gobies are easy to keep in aquariums, and are especially well suited to reef tanks. They will eat small bits of frozen and dry aquarium foods although in nature they are almost exclusively parasite pickers. Normally, they are not bothered by larger fish because they are recognized as cleaners. They can fall victim to mantis shrimp, pistol shrimp and other ambush feeders sometimes present in the live rock of reef tanks.
Spawning of this species is well documented, and pairing and spawning are often observed in aquaria. This species can lay 500-800 eggs every 10 days, hatching in about 8-9 days. They spend about 25-28 days as larva until metamorphosis.
How We House Our Fish
All of our fish are housed in dedicated captive bred fish systems. Each of these systems is dedicated to a single breeder and used to house the captive bred fish we receive from them. Great care is taken to ensure these systems do not get cross contaminated. We only introduce new fish into these systems when receiving an order from that system's breeder.
We do this as it allows us to ensure our fish are pest free without the need for medications. However, should any pest turn up we can and will medicate these systems.
Medicating fish is hard on them and diminishes their overall health. While medicating is a good precaution to take with all wild fish, captive bred fish from a trusted breeder can forgo medications and ultimately will be much healthier because of it.
That being said, when exposed to a tank where pests are already present, likely from an unmedicated wild fish being in the tank, these captive bred fish are by no means immune and can be infected. So it's important that all wild fish introduced to your system go through a proper quarantine.
Observation and Inspection
Upon arrival all of our fish go through an observation period of one to two weeks, depending on how long their journey to our facility was. During the observation period, the fish are inspected to ensure they are eating, aren't showing any visible signs of stress or pests, and otherwise look healthy. If they pass our inspection, they will be made available on our website.