Rusty Gobies, Priolepis hipoliti, is a common but 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.
We only get a few of these at a time and what we do have sells quickly. We will activate at the end of each week when we are done with our diving and know what we have to offer, but will de activate the button when they are all sold.
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.
Diana Davis (verified owner) –
Just like every order Kara and Phillip delivered a healthy, good looking fish. She does hide a bit but I can usually spot her hanging out – often on the back wall partway behind the rockwork. Ate right away and now comes out at dinner time for her share.
David Cravens –
I have one of these guys that I ordered nearly 3 months ago, probably my favorite saltwater fish ever. They do tend to hide quite a bit during the day but towards the evening hours he gets very active and can be observed skimming across the back glass in full view. Often will perch on the sides or back, pretty voracious appetite as well. Was eating flake and frozen with no hesitation.
Felicia McCaulley –
I got “Toby” the goby from Sealifeinc in October 2007 and he is still doing great. What’s really neat about Toby is that he is almost always upside-down. Here’s a photo of him perched on his favorite rock. http://www.flickr.com/photos/feliciamccaulley/3885082277/
Debra Piedra –
This little guy is so cute. He’s in a small QT tank hiding inside a PVC elbow… upside down. It’s hilarious.
Christopher Neumann –
I ordered two of these guys and I think they’re great. They’re pretty shy spending most of the day just hanging upside down under rock overhangs, but during feeding time they quickly dart out and back to grab food as it floats by. They make a nice complement to my more outgoing fish.