Scientific Name:
Cryptocentrus leptocephalus
Other Common Names for the Pink Spotted Watchman Goby:
Singapore Shrimp - Pink and Blue Spotted Goby - Pink Spotted Shrimp Goby 


The Pink Spotted Watchman goby is native to the western Pacific Ocean. These little members of the Gobiidae family are absolutely beautiful. The head and body range in color from very light yellow to tan. The head, body, and even fins are speckled with pink spots. There are also tiny, iridescent blue spots present on the head and body.  A Pink Spotted Watchman goby can reach up to 4 inches in length and requires an aquarium of at least 30 gallons with a soft, fine substrate for burrowing.



Pink Spotted Watchman gobies are carnivorous. They will swim or hover in the water current waiting for food to float by. They will accept pellet or flake foods sometimes, but for good nutrition, they need small meaty meals like Mysis shrimp, phytoplankton, copepods, and/or prepared or frozen offerings of crustacean or fish flesh. It is strongly recommended that these fish be fed twice per day as they are not aggressive eaters and could get outcompeted for food by more aggressive fish.


As stated earlier, a Pink Spotted Watchman goby can reach up to 4 inches and requires an aquarium of at least 30 gallons. In addition to its striking coloration, the Pink Spotted Watchman goby is also known to be a sweet-tempered fish with lots of personality. They will become territorial of their burrow and may be aggressive with other gobies. The best bet for keeping multiples is to keep a pair if they are a mated pair. When you first add a new firefish goby to your tank, expect it to hide out for a few days.  When startled, a Pink Spotted Watchman goby will dart to a safe place and hide until the coast is clear.  This safe place could be a small cave or a tight area behind something - coral, a heater, etc. It’s a good idea to make sure your tank has some rockwork so your Pink Spotted Watchman goby has a few options for places to hide. They will make a little burrow in the sand to sleep in and will share the burrow with their mate if they have one. If you intend to keep fish - especially a goby, a netted lid is recommended.

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