Lentipes argenteus

17. July 2023

Once again we can announce a first import, but unfortunately a completely unspectacular one. Lentipes argenteus, a neon goby from West Sumatra, is – as they say – a dream in gray. We are quite sure that this will be our only import, because such fish are only interesting for specialists. For all of you who are wondering why we imported them at all, the answer is: it was a mix-up on the part of the exporter. There are people everywhere, even in the ornamental fish trade.

Lentipes argenteus, regardless of its drab color, is very suitable as an aquarium fish. It is a very peaceful goby that likes to live in company with its own kind. Probably this is even the reason for the plain coloration: other Lentipes species are (at least in the male sex) quite colorful. Something like this always indicates territoriality. The sexes of L. argenteus hardly differ. The males have a little more silver shine in the face, very soft pink lips and – this is the color highlight – blood red ventrals (pelvic fins), but the latter only when they get into courtship mood. The maximum size of L. argenteus is about 4.5 cm, it becomes sexually ripe at about half this length. L. argenteus loves current, temperatures between 24 and 28°C and clear water. It willingly eats any common fish food, whether dry, frozen or live.

For our customers: the animals have code 423702 on our stocklist. Please note that we supply exclusively to wholesalers.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer