The Topedo Goby originates from the West Indian Ocean, where they can be found in depths of water up to 15 metres deep.
They are a shoaling fish, and ideally need to be kept in groups of two or more in an aquarium to help them feel more safe.
They are incredibly nervous fish, and will not suit an aquarium that has lots of people passing it or looking at it all day. While there are people or boisterous fish around, these gobies will go into hiding. They hide in holes in the rockwork, but will also bury themselves in the substrate, a fine sand substrate is a must for these skittish fish.
When they are not hiding, they are a wonderful fish to watch, their unusual shape and their habit of swimming in tandem make them real eye-catchers. They enjoy swimming in the open space, in the faster flowing section of the tank, so a larger tank for them is required.
In the wild, these fish will swim just above the substrate, feeding off of any zooplankton that they can find, but in captivity they will take frozen, pelleted and flaked foods. They need to be fed multiple times per day.
Tank Requirements & Facts
- Minimum tank size: 80 Gallon (360 Litres)
- Prone to disease: No, these are hardy little fish
- Beginner Compatible: Yes.
- Adult Size: 5 inches (13cm)
- Reef Compatible: Yes
- Predator Tank Compatible: No
- Care Level: Easy
- pH: 8.1 to 8.4
- Temperature: 24°C to 28°C
- Preferred Tank Level: Close to live rock and substrate.
- Lots of hiding places required
- Number to a tank: To be kept in pairs or more.
Torpedo Gobies require multiple feeds per day with a mixed and varied diet.
- These are omnivores
- A varied diet will help with health
- They are fast eaters
- Live foods, frozen foods and flake will all be appreciated.
Place your fish in the bucket and then drip acclimate for about 60 minutes at a rate of 3 drips per second. This should bring the fishes water parameters in line with your tanks parameters.
Once your fish has been drip acclimated, catch the fish with a net and place it gently into your tank. Do not put any of the water the fish originally came in, into your tank.
Care should be taken after adding the fish to ensure there is a tightly fitting lid on the aquarium at all times. These fish are known to be jumpers and they are more likely to jump when first introduced to an aquarium.