Bumblebee Goby (Brachygobius doriae)

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Bumblebee Goby

Brachygobius doriae

19 Litres (5 US G.)

3.5-4.2 cm (1.4-1.7")


1 - 1.015


8.0 - 8.2

22 -29 °C (71.6-84.2°F)

8-12 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Bumblebee Goby, Banded Goby, Bumblebee Fish

Additional scientific names

Gobius doriae, Hypogymnogobius doriae


Found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore.[1]


Very difficult to sex visually and challenging to breed in captivity.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Best kept in a peaceful brackish community tank. Do not keep with larger predatory fish due the Goby's size. They are known to nibble long fins, so only keep with short-finned fish.


Will mainly only accept live food and can be fussy. Feed with small snails, bloodworm, brine shrimp and daphnia. May be weaned onto flake food.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Although sold as freshwater, these really need brackish water conditions to thrive. The tank should be decorated with bogwood, rocks and caves. Does not appreciate a strong current.


Can be territorial towards their own species.


Often mislabelled as Brachygobius xanthozonus. The body of this little fish is elongated and round. The base colour is pale yellow or white with 4 broad vertical bands, the first over the head, the next two on the body, and the last on the caudal peduncle. The dorsal and adipose fins have black colouration, whereas other fins are mostly translucent.



  1. Fishbase Distribution

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