UMT MOOC: Ornamental Fish Culture - Topic 7: Seed Production - Larval Rearing - Elacatinus figaro, the Barber Goby

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Elacatinus figaro, also known as Barber Goby due to its body pattern which similar to Barber's pole. This marine species is commonly found in coastal Brazil quite popular as ornamental fish for a reef tank. There are several Goby species, each with its unique patterns, body shapes, and colours as shown below.

Breeding Barber Goby is similar to most fishes except with a few adjustments. Due to its small size, even for adult, a 20 litres glass aquarium is sufficient enough for a breeding tank. As larvae are sensitive to light, we must cover the tank with black sheet to reduce exposure. For the first 3 days, do not do water change as the larvae is too fragile and do 30% water change after that period. Feeding wise, for the first day 0 - 25, use Nannochloropsis Oculata (a type of algae) with Brachionus Rotundiformis (a type of Zooplankton commonly known as rotifier) as first food. For the transition period, from day 18 - 30, use Nauplii and meta-nauplii of Artemia (common known as Brine Shrimp). Once the fries metamorphosis to juveniles, post 30 days, transfer to a growing or nursery tank.

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