Max Size: 12cm

Empire Gudgeon (Hypseleotris compressa)

The Empire Gudgeon is an attractive, hardy fish that can tolerate a wide range of water parameters. This fish is relatively peaceful and are not particularly aggressive, so can be kept in good-sized groups. However, they are not a typical community fish as it will eat any fish small enough to fit in its mouth, so tiny tankmates are best avoided.

Ideally, it would be best if you furnished the aquarium with a dark substrate, and decor so that the fish feel secure in their environment, which in turn will make them feel settled enough to display their beautiful colours. They will appreciate shady areas amongst dense planting.

The colour varies in Empire Gudgeons, but generally, they have a yellowish-tan to golden-brown head. However, it can occasionally be dark brown, and its body is usually a brownish-bronze or orangey-red colour. The fins are a dusky colour edged in black followed by white, and the pectoral and pelvic fins have no colour.


Empire Gudgeon
Empire Gudgeon
Empire Gudgeon
Empire Gudgeon
Empire Gudgeon
Empire Gudgeon
Quick Facts
Scientific NameHypseleotris compressa
Other NamesAustralian Empire Gudgeon
Aquarium LevelBottom
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan5 - 8 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH5.0 - 9.0
GH2 - 25
TDS36 - 447
68 - 95℉
20 - 35℃


In the home aquarium, the Empire Gudgeon will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Tank Mates

1 interesting tank mate ideas for the Empire Gudgeon could include:

Peacock Gudgeon(Tateurndina Ocellicauda)

Sexual Dimorphism

It is somewhat tricky to distinguish male from female Empire Gudgeons however males tend to have evident, variously coloured bands on their dorsal and anal fins which are red. In contrast, the female's fins are more of a browner shade; they are usually duller than the males and are slightly smaller.

Other Gobies of interest

Bumblebee Goby(Brachygobius doriae)
Golden Malili Goby(Mugilogobius rexi)
Peacock Gudgeon(Tateurndina Ocellicauda)
Red Belted Goby(Sicyopus zosterophorus)
Date Added: 25/11/2020 - Updated: 19/01/2022 14:28:17