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Beginner Saltwater Fish


Saltwater fish for beginners, chosen for their popularity, hardiness and behavior. Here's over 50 easy saltwater fish for the beginner saltwater aquarium hobbyist.

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Yellow Clown Goby
Gobiodon okinawae

Picture of Yellow Clown Goby
Click to view You Tube Video on the Yellow Clown Goby


Description: This is a perfect fish for smaller aquariums. Members of this genus are thought to have a noxious body slime that deters most predatory fishes from feeding on them. These are very small typically around 1" to 1-1/4"

Tank Recommendations: House single Gobies in a 10 gallon or larger aquarium. To best recreate the gobies natural habitat place dead or live branching coral in the tank for it to perch on. It will rarely demonstrate aggression towards other fish therefore best to house with other docile species.

Food and diet: They continually feed off the bottom while sifting through the sand. They also need to be fed a balanced diet of frozen foods including live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, black worms, and other prepared foods for carnivores. We suggest feeding twice a day.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1 1/2"




$13.99




Warpaint Clown Goby
Gobiodon atrangulatus

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Click to view Video on the Warpaint Clown Goby


Description: Warpaint Clown Gobies are similar to the common Green Clown Gobies but they have the beautiful red "warpaint" markings on the face and body. They have a semi-elongated body form, similar to clownfish, but with a more noticably rounded head. Body tapers down towards the tail, the tail flares out in a rounded ball or fan shape shape. The Dorsal fin is split into two sections. The base color is a translucent green, given a blue cast in the head area from a patch of blue color that seems to radiate out from the cheek.

Tank Recommendations: House single Gobies in a 10 gallon or larger aquarium. To best recreate the gobies natural habitat place dead or live branching coral in the tank for it to perch on. It will rarely demonstrate aggression towards other fish therefore best to house with other docile species.

Food and diet: They continually feed off the bottom while sifting through the sand. They also need to be fed a balanced diet of frozen foods including live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, black worms, and other prepared foods for carnivores. We suggest feeding twice a day.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1 1/2"


$15.99


ORA Captive Bred
Blue Neon Goby
Elactinus oceanops
Picture of Captive Bred Blue Neon Goby
Description: ORA Blue Neon gobies are one of the most easily recognized and popular saltwater aquarium fish. A very hardy fish and because of its small size, it makes a great addition to smaller reef aquariums. It is well documented that this fish will act as a cleaner species that picks parasites and other debris from the mouth, gills and skin of larger fish. They are small, never larger than 2 inches full grown. Black with two neon blue stripes along the back and a white belly. Neon gobies are not difficult 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. 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.

Tank Recommendations: House single Neon Gobies in a 10 gallon or many can be kept together in larger aquariums. It will rarely demonstrate aggression towards other fish therefore best to house with other docile species.

Food and diet: They continually feed off the bottom while sifting through the sand. They also need to be fed a balanced diet of frozen foods including live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, black worms, and other prepared foods for carnivores. We suggest feeding twice a day.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-1/2"

$24.99
ORA Captive Bred
Golden Yellow Line Neon Goby
Elacatinus figaro
Picture of Captive Bred Golden Yellow Line Neon Goby

Description: The ORA Captive Bred Yellow Line Goby is very similar to the Neon Goby, except that it has Golden colored lines rather than the blue lines of the Neon Goby. A very hardy fish and because of its small size, it makes a great addition to smaller reef aquariums. It is well documented that this fish will act as a cleaner species that picks parasites and other debris from the mouth, gills and skin of larger fish. They are small, never larger than 2 inches full grown. They also will eat small bits of frozen and dry aquarium foods and are generally welcomed by larger fish because they are recognized as cleaners. The Golden Neon Goby is a species native to Brazil, where export of the species is not allowed but thanks to captive breading a beautiful species is available to aquarium hobbyists. Normally, they are not bothered by larger fish because they are recognized as cleaners. 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.

Tank Recommendations: House single Golden Yellow Neon Gobies in a 10 gallon or many can be kept together in larger aquariums. It will rarely demonstrate aggression towards other fish therefore best to house with other docile species.

Food and diet: They continually feed off the bottom while sifting through the sand. They also need to be fed a balanced diet of frozen foods including live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, black worms, and other prepared foods for carnivores. We suggest feeding twice a day.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-1/2"

$24.99
Rainfordi Goby
Amblygobius rainfordi
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Click to view You Tube Video Rainfordi Goby

Description: The Rainfordi Goby, Amblygobius rainfordi, is excellent for keeping your tank clean of hair algae. Also known as the Court Jester Goby due to its colorful, almost clownlike appearance, this animated, hardy, colorful fish grows to a maximum length of less than 3 inches. Its size makes it perfect for large and for small aquariums. Rainfordi Gobies do great indivually, but given adequate space and a simultaneous introduction, a grouping makes a beautiful display with their colorful body and orange striping running horizontally along the entire length of the body. This fish typically will not bother any fish, corals, or invertebrates. Care should be taken, however, to ensure that other larger species (or others of a similar species who have established territories) do not pick on the Rainfordi. In the reef tank, it will appreciate the hiding places afforded by Live Rock and corals.

Tank Recommendations: House single Neon Gobies in a 10 gallon or many can be kept together in larger aquariums. It will rarely demonstrate aggression towards other fish therefore best to house with other docile species

Food and diet: Their diet should consist of filamentous algae, small crustaceans, such as live and frozen brine shrimp, and mysis shrimp. We suggest feeding twice a day.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/4" to 2-1/4"



$29.99


Engineer Goby
Pholidichthys leucotaenia
Picture of Engineer Goby
Click to view video of Adult Engineer Goby


Description: Also called the Convict Goby, this fish is an absolute delight. It adapts well to captive conditions, and is VERY social. This is one fish that you may purchase three, five or as many as you would like. Most aquarists have only seen this fish when it’s small, when it greatly resembles the common eel catfish. Almost always in good health, and amongst the last to perish from disease, poor environment or catastrophe, Engineer's are never “late to the dinner table”… and can grow to more than eight inches in length…

Tank Recommendations: Keep in a 55 gallon or larger aquarium with a sand covered bottom. Keep with peaceful tank mates and plenty of hiding places. Small groups or pairs do better, but need to be introduced simultaneously to the aquarium.

Food and diet: Engineer Gobies are relatively easy fish to feed. They relish any type of live foods and will readily accept frozen foods that float by their cave system. They have a very good appetite and should be fed at least twice a day. They will supplement their feedings by hunting for small crustaceans such as amphipods in the substrate and on the rocks.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 4"




$14.99



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