Florida’s Oceans, Reefs & Aquariums (Fort Pierce, Fla.) has brought back a hybrid cleaner goby line that it successfully reproduced several years ago when the facility’s marine biologists crossed a yellowline goby (Elacatinus figaro) with a neon goby (E. oceanops). These fish retain a striped coloration with a yellow hue near the head that morphs into a turquoise coloration right after the gills. ORA, which reported the news on its blog, says that the adult size of this hybrid fish is larger than that of both parents and grow much faster than other cleaner gobies.
These fishes, which don’t exist in the wild, are currently available on a limited basis. Contact your local fish store to see if they have this designer goby in stock. Oceans, Reefs & Aquariums is a captive breeder of marine fish, hard and soft corals, invertebrates, and algae. For more information, visit the Oceans, Reefs & Aquariums website.