Blue Cheek Goby

Blue Cheek Goby

The Blue Cheek Goby is one of the most popular goby's and is usually wanted due to its mannerisms in consistently filtering through the sand bed and cleaning up hobbyists tanks. It has a solid white body and a yellow face and electric blue horizontal line that passes from its gill to under its eye. 

In order to home this fish successfully and keep it happy and healthy, it must be housed in an aquarium of at least 60 litres with sand as the substrate as the goby will spend most of its time sifting through it. Additionally, a tank cover is a must when housing this fish, as it has been known to accidentally jump up and fall out of the aquarium.  

Like other Gobies, the Blue Cheek Goby will perch on live rock, hide in caves, hop across the substrate, and sieve through sand. The goby is a very peaceful fish when they are of a different family or shape, however if housed with another fish of the same family and shape it can show signs of aggression towards it in order to hold its territory and dominance.


The Blue Cheek Goby will feed itself through sifting the sand bed and eating the algae and foods found within the sand. This also proves to be a great way of keeping your sand bed oxygenated, and eradicated nitrates being stores under the sand. Additionally, this fish will feed on a selection of frozen meats such as brine shrimp, mysis and other live foods. 

Minimum Tank Size: 60 Litres
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 5½"
Colour Form: Blue, Tan, White, Yellow
Diet: Carnivore
Family: Gobiidae
Origin: Africa, Fiji, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. I’ve had a mated pair of sleeper gobies for over a year now. Beautiful, active fish. Mine have even laid eggs. Great for the sand bed, constantly moving and burrowing in the sand.

  2. “Ben The Goby” as I call mine is a friendly fish who swims by the front of my tank and watches the people in the room. He does get scared with quick movement and will hide in his cave but only for a few seconds. He likes to rearrange the shells and decorate the front of his cave, which he seals up with sand at night

  3. My blue cheeky goby literally sifts through the sand all day long! its great as it stops any brown occurring on the sand and keeps your tank looking clean. They are fun to watch whilst they are sifting the sand and when people come over and see the tank this goby is always usually a talking point.

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