Pygmy Coral Croucher Goby Information
The Pygmy Coral Goby is a fascinating bottom dwelling fish that has a stunning coppery, orange-brown hue that is often encountered in and around soft and hard corals. With a myriad of descriptive names, including Penny Velvetfish, Gumdrop Coral Croucher as well as Velvet Goby, it is easy to understand what the overall appearance is and behaviour of the fish. The Pygmy Coral Crucher Goby is characterized by an elongated, gumdrop-like body which is compressed vertically, which allows it to maneuver through small areas between coral and reef rubble branches. Its entire body is adorned in fine “hairs” which provide it with an appearance of velvet or fuzzy.
It is tiny in size, but it is huge in personality. Initially, it’s cryptic, and then retreats in the wild but this Pygmy Coral Croucher Goby will eventually be more active and be interested in the activities of its tank mates, and the human caregiver! Although it appears that the Pygmy Coral Croucher goby might look like a goby is actually part of the family known as scorpionfish. Therefore, the Pygmy Coral Croucher Goby is poisonous with spines protecting the dorsal fins. If you’re “stung” it’s possible that the reaction could be similar to a stain, but a bit more intense. Like other scorpionfish in the family, the Pygmy Coral Goby is equipped with pectoral fins that can be used to enhance its locomotion.
The Pygmy Coral Goby thrives in an aquarium that is at minimum 10 gallons Aquascaped with a good amount of live rubble, rock and branching corals, or similar ornaments. It is not known to show aggression toward other fish, but it is known to argue with its own species when it is in small aquariums. It is therefore recommended to maintain the Pygmy Coral Goby on its own, in a mated/bonded couple, or in conjunction with other calm species.
It is not unusual for the Pygmy Coral Goby to reproduce in your home aquarium. Be cautious in the case of an aquarium that contains Acropora and similar SPS corals because The Pygmy Coral Croucher Goby will lay eggs on the bottom of coral branches. This causes tissue shrinkage in that region of coral. But, in good conditions, coral can regenerate the area of tissue that was lost.
Pygmy Coral Croucher Goby Diet
Its diet should consist of a selection of brine shrimp frozen mysis shrimp chopped table shrimp and frozen carnivore food preparations. If you have an aquarium that has living corals that branch and a live branching coral, the Pygmy Coral Goby should be daily feedings using a syringe or feeding device. If it is housed in an aquarium that is not surrounded by substrate, it will require several feedings a day.