Bumblebee Goby (Brachygobius sabanus)

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Bumblebee Goby

Brachygobius sabanus

19 Litres (5 US G.)

2-2.7 cm (0.8-1.1")


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


Found in Indonesia and Thailand.[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 mustard yellow with 4 broad vertical black bands, the first is over the eye with white lips, the next two are on the body and the last is on the caudal peduncle. Small black specks are sometimes on the yellow base colour in between bands also. The dorsal and adipose fins have black colouration, the other fins are mostly translucent.



  1. Fishbase Distribution

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