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Philippine Bumblebee Goby

Scientific Name: Brachygobius aggregatus
Family: Gobiidae

About the Philippine Bumblebee Goby

Species Type: Freshwater Fish
Category: Ancient Fish

Care Level: Easy. Does well in a slightly more narrow range of water parameters and shouldn't be used to cycle an aquarium. Will eat most prepared foods. May have some specific care requirements in terms of particular water parameters, social behaviors, food items etc.

Origin: Asia: Mekong Basin to Philippines

Compatibility/Temperament: 1


This is a true freshwater and small schooling goby growing to only 4-5 cm which thrives in freshwater to brackish water estuarines. It can also be found in streams, canal ditches, rivers and marshes.

This goby thrives on plant matter often consuming zooplanktons. They prefer to live in planted areas, usually under mangrove root spots.

Water chemistry: Water should not be acidic and soft. As this is a freshwater fish which can thrive even better in brackish water, SG should be maintained not particularly lower than 1.010. It is quite hardy but you still need to pay attention on water quality as this fish may become quite vulnerable to bacterial infections.

Tankmates should be peaceful and not too big which will intimidate the gobies into hiding. Other bumblebee gobies, rasboras and mollies are suitable tankmates.

No captive breeding has been recorded so far and importation is very little known.

Philippine Bumblebee Goby Diet

This goby thrives on zooplanktons but can be fed with foods small enough to fit their mouths.


Ideal water parameters for Philippine Bumblebee Goby

The Philippine Bumblebee Goby should be kept in an aquarium with the temperature ranging from 74 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit, and a Ph of around 8.

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