Japanese Tiger Dartfish

(Pterogobius elapoides)

Pterogobius Dartfish should be added to well established aquariums with plenty of room to swim. Plenty of rock work with caves, crevices and a deep sand bed should be provided for hiding and sleeping. A diet rich in meaty based foods should be provided. Dartfishs color may fade if their diet is not adequate. To entice eating try feeding enriched live Brine, Glass/Grass shrimp or black worms. Dartfish are shy peaceful fish and should be housed with similar peaceful fish. Dartfish may jump provide an aquarium with a tight fitting lid.

Japanese Tiger Dartfish are also sometimes known simply as the Serpentine Goby. Rarely seen in the aquarium trade. Japanese Tiger Dartfish has an overall white to pink colored body with dark vertical black stripes trimmed in yellow along with a mainly yellow head. Japanese Tiger Dartfish can grow to almost 5".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 50 gallons or larger for this species.

Water conditions: Salinity 1.020 - 1.025, Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Alkalinity 8 - 12 dKH

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