Sleeper Railway Glider Goby

Greek Name: (Valenciennea helsdingeni)



The Sleeper Railway Glider Goby originates in the rubble areas surrounding the coral reefs in Sri Lanka. It’s white in coloration with two distinct orange and black horizontal lines that run along across the body. The dorsal fin has black edges and gives it a striking appearance. It’s a shy fish that can be a fantastic addition to reef aquariums and can help maintain the sandy bed.

It is recommended to keep it in a 30 gallon or more aquarium that has a fine to a medium-sized sandy substrate. Sleeper Railway Glider Goby uses small burrows in the substrate to protect itself and maintain the sand bed. It does not usually become aggressive with other fish, but it is territorial and can fight with its own species unless they’re a mated pair.

The Sleeper Railway Glider Goby feeds from the bottom as it is sifting across the sand. The diet of the goby should comprise various frozen brine and mysis shrimp, bloodworms, and prepared carnivore food items. It is recommended to feed it at least once a day.

Approximate Size of Purchase: 1-1/2″ to 3-1/2″



Care Level




Color Form

Black, Orange, White, Yellow



Reef Compatible


Water Conditions

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

Max Size



Indonesia, Sri Lanka



Minimum Tank

30 gallons


Info on Sleeper Railway Glider Goby

The Railway Sleeper Goby, Valenciennea Helsdingenii is a silvery-white color with two black stripes running horizontally across its body. They are extremely tranquil and can be kept together with other peaceful fish in a reef tank however, they can become territorial toward other gobies, blennies as well as dartfish, especially in small aquariums.

Gobies prefer to remain at the base of tanks, digging in the sand.


Diet of the Sleeper Railway Glider Goby

The diet should consist of a variety of mysis frozen or live shrimp as well as vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, 1-2 times per day.


Additional information


Large, Medium, Small

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