Golden Headed Sleeper Goby

Golden Headed Sleeper Goby

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The Golden Headed Sleeper Goby ( Valenciennaea strigata ), is also known as Pennant Glider, Yellowheaded Sleeper Goby, or Bluestreak Sleeper Goby, is great for aerating and maintaining sand beds through sifting the sand and gravel in search of food.

The Golden Head Goby features a beautiful white colored body with bright golden yellow head that makes it an excellent addition to any saltwater aquarium.

The Golden Headed Sleeper Goby will often they pair up with shrimps to secure their burrow and even can be seen spawning in some reef tanks. They are very peaceful and can be housed with other peaceful fish in a reef tank setting, but may become territorial towards other blennies, gobies or dartfish in smaller tanks, and will fight with its own kind unless they are a mated pair.

To properly care for the fish, it should be housed in a 30 gallon or greater aquarium, with live sand as the substrate, as well as an attached refugium populated. Gobies tend to stay mainly towards the bottom of the tank, burrowing and sifting through the sand. However, this goby is also a known jumper, so a tightly fitting lid is suggested.


The Sleeper Gold Head Goby feeds on a wide variety of brine, both frozen and live shrimps, mysis shrimp, live black worms, as well as prepared carnivore food items. It should be fed regularly.

  • Name: Golden Headed Sleeper Goby ( Valenciennaea strigata )
  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Reef Safe: Yes
  • Minimum Aquarium Size: 30 gal.
  • Origin: Indo Pacific
  • Diet: Scavenger, Flake, Pellet

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