Rusty Gobies, Priolepis hipoliti, is a common but somewhat reclusive goby found throughout Florida and the Caribbean. They prefer to hang upside down under rocks and coral heads, so they usually go unnoticed by the average diver. They are a small goby and don’t get much bigger than an inch long. They are a rusty orange color as the name implies, and some have lighter colored horizontal stripes on them.
They are a very hardy goby that can easily be kept in any reef tank. They readily eat small pellet foods, as well as flake foods and of course brine shrimp. At feeding time they will dart out from where ever they are living and snatch little bits of food that float by. Eventually they will hover outside their hole when you approach the tank at feeding time and will wait for the food to come. Like most gobies they get along with most other fish and are not known coral eaters, so they are safe for most reef tanks, and especially well suited for nano and pico aquariums.
Mated pairs will eventually breed in your reef tank and if you’re an avid aquaculturist, you may have some luck raising the babies. Our pairs are known pairs, not just two fish that we throw together and call a pair.
We only get a few of these at a time and what we do have sell quickly.
Please Note: Any new fish purchased from us or from a local pet store should to be quarantined. All fish from anywhere in the wild can be possible carriers of bacteria and protozoa that can lead to an infection in your system, so we always recommend that you use some sort of quarantine system prior to adding them to your system. If you have a fish only system and can medicate the whole system, you may not need a separate quarantine tank. If you have a reef system that cannot be medicated, a good ultraviolet sterilization system should prevent any kind of disease outbreak. We medicate our system for bacterial infections and protozoans, but because we dont always hold our fish for long periods of time, there is no way to be sure all the protozoan cysts have been killed. A little bit of prevention will save you lots of trouble down the line.
Steven (verified owner) –
Wonderful fish. They actually hang upside down under the flat pieces of rock I stacked in my Reef. The little guys race out during feeding and dart back in when they quench their hunger. Beautiful and definitely healthy. A must buy for Nano tanks.
Marsha Schultz –
Very cute small fish. They like to hang out upside down under a rock, and dash out with lightening speed to catch food. Shy, but if you have a visible cave for them, you’ll be able to see them. Would be great in nano tank.