It was time to add a couple more new fish, nitrate dosing every day was getting really old and not a long term solution anyway. I find it a struggle to choose fish that tick all my boxes, peaceful, smallish, doesn't eat corals, doesn't eat inverts, compatible with current stock blah blah. It's just so difficult. The choice online is not that big either so ultimately it came down to what was in stock at the time. I settled on the Blackbarred goby, Priolepsis nocturna. A small, peaceful fish that was reportedly easy to feed. It sounded perfect but what really decided it for me was the fact that a pair was available. It's not often possible to keep pairs of fish in a reef tank so whenever I come across an option I am inevitably swayed. These fish are quite cryptic and prefer to hang upside-down in caves, I had the perfect spot in mind for them.
When first introduced they hid behind the Goniastrea at the back of the tank, that was a bit of a squeeze as the snails tend to congregate there during the day. After lights out they could been seen flitting about the sand but would always end up back squished behind the coral. Then four days after introduction they discovered the large cave on the left-hand side of the tank and have been there ever since, I love it when a plan comes together. At feeding time they dart out take a quick bite of food and retreat like a flash back out of sight. Definitely not an in your face kind of fish. Whilst I can see them hanging upside down at the back of the cave most times, I do not have any good photos to share and nor do I ever expect to have any decent photos to share, lol. They like to stay in the safety of the cave at all times. I have seen them occasionally venture out on to the sand after lights out though. I really hope one day they will spawn in my tank.
Hi, my name is Lisa and I live in Derby, UK. I am a self-confessed reefaholic!