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Mekong Bumblebee Goby

Scientific Name: Brachygobius mekongensis
Family: Gobiidae

About the Mekong Bumblebee Goby

Species Type: Freshwater Fish
Category: Ancient Fish

Care Level: Moderate. May tolerate only a narrow range of water parameters, have specific dietary requirements including frozen or even live foods, may have behaviors that severely limit potential tankmates or may require a specialized aquarium setup.

Origin: Mekong River system in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

Compatibility/Temperament: 1


Not much is known about this goby, however, its requirements are quite similar to the more popular ones and it grows to only 2 cm at most.

A tank furnished with several rocks and plants is very important. Be particularly selective in choosing tankmates as it will not tolerate any intrusion in its territory.

Suitable tankmates are guppies, Celebes rainbowfish, mollies and the smaller glassfish.

Sexual dimorphism is unknown. It is not commonly marketed so the price remains high due to possible high demand.

Morphology based on
Dorsal spines (total), 5 - 7
Dorsal soft rays (total), 6 - 8
Anal soft rays, 6 8
Transverse scale count backwards 6-8, head, predorsal, breast, belly and pectoral base naked with narrow, often broken, dark bars on pale body, including short oblique dark bar across side of body commencing in the gap between dorsal fins.

Mekong Bumblebee Goby Diet

Carnivorous. It will consume brine shrimps, bloodworms, daphnia, mosquito larva and blackworms.


Ideal water parameters for Mekong Bumblebee Goby

The Mekong Bumblebee Goby should be kept in an aquarium with the temperature ranging from 72 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit, and a Ph of around 7.5.

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