Broadstripe Goby

Greek Name: (Elacatinus prochilos)


The Broadstripe Goby is an attractive and captivating fish with an appearance of neon and fascinating behavior. The name of the fish suggests that the most prominent characteristic that distinguishes this Broadstripe Goby is the wide bright stripe that runs all the length of the body, enhancing the stylish, elegant design and sleek appearance of Broadstripe Goby.

In the wild, Broadstripe Goby is known to form symbiotic relationships with marine fishes by providing them with a cleaning service, which is based on eliminating ectoparasites that are on their bodies. In exchange, the Broadstripe Goby is able to access its main source of food as eating ectoparasites.

An ideal habitat for the Broadstripe Goby is an established 10 gallon or greater aquarium that has plenty of live rock as well as a thin layer of moderately large sandy substrate. A smaller aquarium that has a greater horizontal area to provide living space is preferred over a higher one. A well-fitting canopy is required to stop the Broadstripe Goby from jumping out of the aquarium. It’s not often that it becomes aggressive with other fish.

The Broadstripe Goby adapts well to reef aquariums. The diet it eats should, meaty food items or crustaceans, such as brine shrimp with vitamin-rich brine, and small pieces of mysis shrimp. It is recommended to feed it at least two times per day.

Approximate purchase size: 1″ to 2″


Care Level




Color Form

Black, Blue, White, Yellow



Reef Compatible


Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size



Western Atlantic



Minimum Tank

10 gallons


Broadstripe Goby Info

Cleaner gobies are very popular with aquarists due to their vibrant colors and the practice of “cleaning” parasites off their bodies. The most common parasites include isopods called gnathiids (this species is a non-predator and does do not consume or manage protozoan parasites like “ich”). It is interesting to note that much predatory fish which could easily eat the goby let it pass without injury. Broadstripe cleaner goby (like other cleaner gobies) is not a problem in captivity because it is well-adapted to conditions in the aquarium.


Diet of the Broadstripe Goby

The Broadstripe Goby (elacatinus prochilos) easily accepts a range of prepared and live aquarium food items.

Additional information


Large, Medium, Small