I have a pair of Stiphodon Elegans gobies. They are great little fish and I really enjoy them. The male, now that he is more comfortable and settled in, chases the female away quite a bit. When it is feeding time he gets especially ornery. Because their mouths are underneath, I don't think he actually nips at her - her fins look fine. She's not constantly hiding or anything, and she will still approach him. She doesn't appear overly faded in coloration, but she's not overly colorful - just with black stripes but they look normal to me, although I haven't had these two for very long.
Anyway, I know that fish can be this way, but I worry about her. How do I know when it's too much for her? There are lots of hiding places, and I am sure to break up my algae pellets into two pieces and put one on the side of the tank that he chases her to, and one on his side so she does definitely get to eat.
Is this just life for a female goby? Am I just over-worrying? (I feel like when getting a new tank set up my enjoyment of it is always mixed in with a nice dose of worrying anyway...
Should I get another female to spread out the chasing and give her someone to hang out with?
I posted about them in a general way a bit ago to chat with others who have experience with them, but no one replied so am not sure that anyone on the board has these guys... either way I'd like opinions in general even if not specifically goby related.