Gobies & Gudgeons: Empire Gudgeon Guide

Scientific name(s): 

Hypseleotris compressa

Max size: 

12 cm


Peaceful fish

Suggested for: 

Community tanks with small (not tiny) to large-sized community fish, planted tanks.

Water quality: 

neutral to alkaline pH, moderate hardness.


22 to 30°C


Coastal waterways throughout the Northern half of Australia


One of the best known and most readily available gudgeon varieties, empire gudgeons are quite peaceful and can be added to many community tanks. They are not inclined to be territorial, but grown specimens may regard very tiny fish as food. Females and immature males are gold-brown in color and so are often overlooked, but males in spawning conditions show vibrant color and may develop a bright red flush all over the body.

Suggested foods: 

A good quality tropical granule or pellet, frozen shrimp and worms foods, meaty foods.


males develop much more colour when in spawning condition.

Expect to pay: 

around $5.00 to $7.00



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