Fully mature males of this species are spectacular, especially when in breeding colors. The Empire Goby is somewhat more flexible than many other sleepers; it is also more tolerant of tankmates, making it a better choice for mixed collections.
Other common names
- Empire Gudgeon, Carp Gudgeon
- Eleotridae (subfamily Eleotridinae — sensu Hoese and Gill)
- Eleotrinae or Eleotridinae (sensu Nelson)
- Australia and New Guinea.
- Up to 4 1/4in (11cm), but often smaller.
- Territorial and predatory, but less so than some other family members.
- Livefoods preferred, but deep-frozen, freeze-dried, and some other diets also accepted.
- Spacious, well planted, with an open area containing some largish smooth-rounded or flat stones. Neutral or slightly alkaline, moderately hard water with 1 teaspoonful of aguarium salt to each 1 Imp. gal (1 1/5 U.S. gal/4.5 I) is advisable, although this species will also accept freshwater conditions (carry transitions out gradually). Temperature range: 54-82 F (12-28 C).
- Eggs are laid on a pre-cleaned stone and protected by male. Hatching takes 1 day or slightly less.