Dracula Goby

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Dracula Goby, Stonogobiops dracula

  • Common Name: Dracula Goby
  • Latin Name: Stonogobiops dracula
  • Synonyms: None
  • Distribution: The Dracula Goby, Stonogobiops dracula, is naturally found in the Indo-Pacific region, specifically in areas such as Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Maldives. The original wild fish come from these regions.
  • Max Size: The Dracula Goby can grow up to a maximum size of approximately 2.5 inches (6.4 cm).
  • Temperature Range: They thrive within a temperature range of 78-82°F (25-28°C).
  • pH Range: Dracula Gobies prefer a pH range of 8.1-8.4.
  • Kh Range: They can tolerate a wide range of carbonate hardness (KH) levels.
  • Care Level: Dracula Gobies require a moderate level of care and attention. They are considered delicate and need stable water conditions to thrive.
  • Lighting Preference: They do well under moderate to high lighting conditions.
  • Preferred Food: Dracula Gobies are carnivorous and primarily feed on small crustaceans such as copepods and amphipods. They may also accept frozen and live foods like brine shrimp and mysis shrimp.
  • Behaviour: Dracula Gobies are peaceful and non-aggressive. They spend most of their time perched on the substrate near their burrow or rock crevices. They form a symbiotic relationship with certain species of pistol shrimp.
  • Suitable for Reef Tanks: Yes, Dracula Gobies are suitable for reef tanks. They do not harm corals or other invertebrates and can coexist peacefully in a reef environment.
  • Discoverer: Not applicable
  • Interesting Facts:
  • Dracula Gobies are popular among marine aquarium enthusiasts due to their captivating behaviour and intriguing partnership with pistol shrimp.

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The Dracula Goby, also known as Stonogobiops dracula, is a small and colourful fish species. It reaches a maximum size of about 3 inches (7.6 cm). It has a slender body with vibrant colours. This fish has a bright yellow face, white body with fantastic red bands.

Natural Habitat:

The Dracula Goby inhabits coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region. It is often found in shallow areas with rich coral growth, sandy substrate, and plenty of hiding places such as crevices and small caves. These habitats provide them with shelter and protection.

Keeping Dracula Goby Healthy:

Keeping the Dracula Goby healthy requires attention to water quality and suitable tank conditions. It is important to maintain stable water parameters, including a temperature range of 75-82°F (24-28°C) and a pH range of 8.1-8.4. Provide a well-established aquarium with plenty of live rock and sand for natural hiding places. Due to their delicate nature, they require careful acclimation and should not be kept with aggressive tank mates.

Special Requirements and Feeding:

The Dracula Goby has special requirements when it comes to feeding. They are primarily carnivorous and require a diet rich in small meaty foods. Offer them a variety of live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and small crustaceans. They will also benefit from the presence of copepods and amphipods in the aquarium, which can serve as a natural food source.

How Many Should I Keep:

Dracula Gobies are typically kept as solitary fish or in pairs. Keeping a single Dracula Goby or a compatible pair is sufficient to provide them with a suitable social environment in the aquarium.

Lighting Preference:

Dracula Gobies do well under moderate to high lighting conditions in the aquarium. Provide appropriate lighting that supports the growth of coral and enhances the overall visual appeal of the tank.

Suitable Tank Mates:

Dracula Gobies are generally peaceful and can be kept with other non-aggressive species in a reef tank. Suitable tank mates include small peaceful fish such as clownfish, gobies, and blennies. Avoid keeping them with larger or aggressive species that may pose a threat to the Dracula Goby.

Symbiotic Relationship with Pistol Shrimp:

The Dracula Goby has a fascinating symbiotic relationship with certain species of pistol shrimp. These two species form a mutualistic partnership where the goby acts as a lookout for the shrimp, while the shrimp excavates and maintains a burrow that both species share. The goby keeps watch for potential predators, and when it senses danger, it flicks its tail against the burrow’s rim to warn the shrimp and seek shelter together. This relationship provides protection for both the goby and the shrimp.

Reproduction in the Wild:

In the wild, the Dracula Goby reproduces through a process known as broadcast spawning. During spawning, the male and female goby release their eggs and sperm into the water column simultaneously. Fertilization occurs externally, and the fertilized eggs develop into larvae that drift with the ocean currents. This method increases the chances of genetic diversity and dispersal of offspring over a wide area.

Breeding Stonogobiops dracula:

    1. Set Up:

    To breed Dracula Gobies in captivity, provide a well-maintained aquarium with suitable conditions, including stable water parameters, appropriate lighting, and the presence of a burrow for the pair to use as a nesting site.

    1. Courtship/Spawning:

    The courtship and spawning behaviour of Dracula Gobies in captivity may involve the male enticing the female to the burrow through various displays and movements. Once the female enters the burrow, the male follows, and the spawning takes place where both release their eggs and sperm.

    1. Rearing:

    After spawning, the eggs will float freely in the water column. To rear the fry successfully, it is necessary to have a separate rearing tank with proper filtration and suitable food for the developing larvae. Tiny live foods such as rotifers and copepods are commonly used for feeding the fry until they are large enough to accept larger food particles.

Sexual Dimorphism:

Dracula Gobies do not exhibit significant sexual dimorphism, which means that males and females generally have similar appearances. Both sexes display the vibrant colours and distinctive markings characteristic of the species.


The Dracula Goby, Stonogobiops dracula, is found in the Indo-Pacific region, particularly in areas such as Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Maldives. It is important to note that while there may be captive-bred or line-bred strains available in the aquarium trade, the original wild fish are native to the mentioned regions.


The Dracula Goby, or Stonogobiops dracula, is a captivating fish species that forms a symbiotic relationship with pistol shrimp. In the wild, they reproduce through broadcast spawning, releasing their eggs and sperm into the water column. Breeding Dracula Gobies in captivity requires proper tank setup, courtship and spawning behaviour, and the rearing of the fry in a separate tank. They exhibit no significant sexual dimorphism, and their natural distribution includes the Indo-Pacific region. With their stunning appearance and intriguing behaviour, Dracula Gobies make an exciting addition to marine aquariums.

1 review for Dracula Goby

  1. Nikki Beattie (verified owner)

    This little guy arrived this morning straight to my door and he is amazing! Straight into his aquaroche goby home along with his tiger shrimp roommate 😂. Online service again did not disappoint, amazing, on time and packaged so well with such care! Thank you abyss team

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  1. Dispatch Timeframe: Orders placed before 2pm will be dispatched on the same day. Orders placed after 2pm will be dispatched on the next working day.
  2. Delivery Date and Time Guarantee: While the store aims to dispatch orders promptly, they cannot guarantee a specific delivery date and time. As the delivery process relies on couriers, there may be factors beyond their control that could affect the delivery timeframe.
  3. 1st Class Mail: For orders sent via 1st Class mail, the aim is to have them delivered on the next working day after dispatch.
  4. 2nd Class Mail: Orders sent via 2nd Class mail typically take approximately 2-3 working days for delivery after dispatch.
  5. APC Next Day Delivery: APC Next Day delivery is available for UK mainland postcodes. It is usually delivered on the next working day after dispatch. However, please note that items being delivered to more remote areas may require additional time for delivery.

It’s important to keep in mind that while the store strives to provide efficient delivery services, unforeseen circumstances or external factors could potentially impact delivery times. For further details or specific inquiries about delivery, customers should refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

Livestock Delivery.

The store maintains specific policies regarding the delivery of livestock. Here are the key points:

  1. Licensed Livestock Courier: The store exclusively uses a licensed livestock courier for shipping fish and coral. This approach is chosen to ensure responsible and ethical transportation of the livestock.
  2. Livestock Shipping Fee: The livestock shipping fee charged to customers of £19.99 does not cover the true cost, and therefore, there is a minimum spend requirement of £30.00 before the option for livestock shipping becomes available.
  3. Pre-Arranged Delivery: The store never ships livestock without first arranging a suitable delivery day. Before dispatching the livestock, the store must confirm the agreed-upon delivery day with the customer.
  4. Saturday Delivery Confirmation: Customers who choose Saturday delivery must have their availability confirmed for the upcoming Saturday before the store sends out the livestock. This confirmation ensures that the livestock can be received promptly.
  5. Failure to wait for livestock: Not waiting for livestock, even if there is a reasonable delay, or cancelling an order after it has been dispatched will lead to you incurring charges for an emergency return to the base. Additionally, any losses of livestock will also be charged to you. Please be aware that the items you are ordering are living creatures – livestock. We kindly ask that you refrain from ordering livestock if you are unable to accommodate the possibility of a delayed delivery.

    These terms and conditions are a fundamental aspect of our policy. Our primary goal is to dissuade individuals who could react negatively to a delayed delivery and subsequently request order cancellations. It is of utmost importance to underscore that your order pertains to living creatures, not mere inanimate objects. In the event of an occasional delay, it is crucial that you respond in a rational and responsible manner, taking into account the welfare of the livestock. We kindly request that you refrain from placing an order for livestock if you tend to react strongly to such situations. By proceeding with the order of livestock, you indicate your acceptance and agreement to abide by these specified terms and conditions.

  6. Signature Requirement: Livestock deliveries require a signature upon receipt and cannot be left in a safe location. This precaution ensures proper handling and the well-being of the livestock.
  7. Geographic Restrictions: The courier has strict geographic restrictions for livestock deliveries. Unfortunately, deliveries to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands, and certain Scottish offshore postcodes may not be possible. Customers are encouraged to contact the store via email to confirm if livestock delivery is available in their area.
  8. Minimum Order Value and Order Cancellations: The store has a minimum order value of £30 for livestock shipping. Additionally, the store reserves the right to cancel orders that are deemed high-risk or involve a high number of single tropical freshwater fish species.

It is essential for customers to familiarize themselves with these policies before making a purchase. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or reach out to the store directly for clarification.

Livestock Geographical Exemptions.

The store has specific geographical exemptions for livestock deliveries. Here is a list of the areas and postcodes where livestock delivery is not available:

  1. Islands: Livestock cannot be delivered to the Shetlands, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man.
  2. Postcodes: Livestock delivery is not available to the following postcodes:
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Customers residing in these areas should be aware that livestock delivery is not available to their location.

We can ship livestock to the Isle of Wight, this area is subject to a surcharge.

For further information or specific inquiries about livestock delivery to a particular area, customers are advised to contact the store directly for clarification.


According to the store’s policy, customers have the right to cancel an order within 14 working days of receiving the goods. To initiate the cancellation, the goods must be returned to the store in new and unused condition, adhering to their Returns Policy.

Important points regarding the return process are as follows:

  1. Return Condition: The goods must be returned in new and unused condition, as originally received. It is important to ensure that the goods are in the same condition as when they were sent out.
  2. Return Timeframe: The goods must be received by the store within 21 days of notifying them about the cancellation. During this time, customers are responsible for any loss or damage that may occur during the return shipping process.
  3. Refund Process: Once the store receives the goods in new and unused condition, they will initiate the refund process. The purchase price will be refunded to the customer.
  4. Return Condition Inspection: If the returned goods arrive in a condition that is less than what they were sent out in, the store reserves the right to return the goods to the customer, and no refund will be processed.

It is essential for customers to carefully review the store’s Returns Policy and follow the specified procedures to ensure a smooth and successful return and refund process. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.


According to the store’s return policy, the following guidelines should be followed for returning goods:

  1. Use Returns Form: Customers need to use the store’s provided returns form to initiate the return process. This form helps the store acknowledge that the goods are being sent back.
  2. Return for Testing: If the goods are being returned for testing, the customer is responsible for covering the return shipping expenses.
  3. Refund of Postage Fees: The store will only refund postage fees if the order arrives damaged or becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of purchase. Proof of posting is important, and customers should ensure the goods are well-packed and obtain proof of posting as the goods remain their responsibility until received by the store.
  4. Refund of Postage Costs for Replacement: If goods are being returned within 7 days of purchase under the Replacement Policy, the store can refund postage costs. However, the customer needs to agree on a delivery service with the store in advance, and only standard or tracked shipping fees will be refunded. The store cannot refund the cost of any special delivery service.
  5. Non-Refundable Postage: Postage costs for goods returned for any other reason than those mentioned above are non-refundable. The store reserves the right to deduct the original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Mistaken Purchases: If a customer has made a mistake in their purchase, they need to return the goods to the store. The customer is responsible for the return shipping costs in such cases.

It is important for customers to carefully follow the store’s return procedures and terms and conditions. For further details or specific inquiries, customers should refer to the store’s website or contact the store directly.


If customers receive faulty goods, the following guidelines apply according to the store’s policy:

  1. Notification of Faulty Goods: Customers must notify the store within 7 working days if they receive faulty goods. This notification should be made as soon as possible.
  2. Replacement Parts: If possible, the store will dispatch replacement parts for the faulty goods.
  3. Return of Goods: If replacement parts are not possible, the store may request customers to return the faulty goods in accordance with their Returns Policy. The specific return procedures and conditions should be followed.
  4. Verification of Damage: Once the store receives the returned goods, they will verify the damage. If the damage is confirmed, the store will supply the required replacements.
  5. Return Postage Costs: If the goods returned to the store are found to be in good working order, the store is not able to refund the return postage costs. Additionally, the store reserves the right to deduct their original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Consequential Loss or Damage: The store cannot take responsibility for any consequential loss or damage that arises directly or indirectly from the goods supplied.

Customers should carefully review and adhere to the store’s Returns Policy and procedures for returning faulty goods. For further clarification or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

Manufacturer’s Guarantees

The store works in collaboration with manufacturers to ensure that their guarantees are honored, and they make their best efforts to resolve issues within the warranty period. The following guidelines apply to refunds and replacements:

  1. Postage Costs under Manufacturer’s Guarantee: Postage costs can only be refunded if the goods are returned to the store within 7 days of the original purchase, as per the manufacturer’s guarantee.
  2. Refund of Postage Costs for Faulty Goods: The store will refund postage costs for guarantee/warranty returns only if the product becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of receipt.
  3. Replacements with Manufacturer Authorization: Replacements, whether parts or goods, can only be offered when authorized by the manufacturer. Customers should contact the store for further guidance in such cases.
  4. Prior Approval for Returns: Goods should not be returned to the store without prior approval. Customers need to contact the store and obtain approval before returning any items.
  5. Replacement of Glass or Ceramic Items: Glass or ceramic items can only be replaced if the store is notified within 48 hours of receiving the delivery.
  6. Replacement of Glass Bulbs/Tubes: Glass bulbs or tubes can only be replaced if they become faulty within 14 days.

Customers should note and adhere to these guidelines to ensure a smooth and efficient resolution of any issues with their purchased items. For specific inquiries or further information, customers are advised to refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.


According to the store’s policy, customers have the following responsibilities regarding breakages:

  1. Checking Goods on Arrival: It is the customer’s responsibility to thoroughly check the goods upon arrival for any damage. This should be done before signing for the parcel. If the parcel appears damaged, it is advised not to sign for it.
  2. Reporting Breakages: Any breakages or damages must be reported to the store within 48 hours of receiving the goods. It is important to promptly notify the store to initiate the resolution process.

By carefully inspecting the goods upon arrival and reporting any breakages within the specified timeframe, customers can ensure that appropriate actions are taken to address the issue. For specific instructions on reporting breakages or further information, customers should refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.