Max Size: 4.2cm

Bumblebee Goby (Brachygobius doriae)

The Bumblebee Goby is small and peaceful and has beautiful bright colouring, and prove to be relatively popular to the advanced aquarist.

Bumblebee Goby is a fish that thrives in brackish water, but some aquarists have kept them in freshwater aquariums and have been successful.

This fish can be quite demanding, and they do not do well in a community aquarium, so they are not recommended to the beginner aquarist.

Their body has golden-yellow and dark stripes that go from the head through to the tail, and their head is more significant than its frame. They have fused abdominal fins that form a sucker disk which they use to stick to various surfaces, and they possess front and back soft rays on two dorsal fins. Some species have a blurry, dark spot on their back.


Bumblebee Goby
Bumblebee Goby
Bumblebee Goby
Bumblebee Goby
Bumblebee Goby
Quick Facts
Scientific NameBrachygobius doriae
Other NamesBumblebee Fish
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
DifficultyIntermediate - Advanced
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespanup to 4 year
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6 .5 - 8.5
GH3 - 8
TDS50 - 160
73 - 79℉
22.8 - 26.1℃


Because the Bumblebee Goby is a carnivore; it would be best if you aimed to feed your fish on a diet primarily of meaty foodstuffs such as live and/or frozen daphnia, brine shrimp, lobster eggs, cyclops, Mysis shrimp and bloodworm. Bloodworm should be used sparingly as it is hard for your fish to digest.

You can also cut up earthworms from your garden or chop up shop brought mussels, prawns, krill and fresh fish (be sure only to use fresh or frozen fish and not fish canned in oil).

You can also try your fish with dried foods formulated for predatory fish and made up of insect material such as Fluval bug bites, which can also be used to supplement the diet.

Get to know your fish and test which foods they prefere and which they ignore but always be sure not to overfeed your fish and remove excessive uneaten food whenever possible.

Sexual Dimorphism

It is relatively easy to differentiate males from females.

Males are usually slimmer and have more vivid colours, typically orange rather than yellow.

Females are fatter and may also have smaller, rounder heads.

Other Gobies of interest

Empire Gudgeon(Hypseleotris compressa)
Golden Malili Goby(Mugilogobius rexi)
Peacock Gudgeon(Tateurndina Ocellicauda)
Red Belted Goby(Sicyopus zosterophorus)
Date Added: 24/08/2020 - Updated: 10/08/2022 11:02:06