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Empire gudgeon - Hypseleotris compressa

Empire gudgeon - Hypseleotris compressa

Scientific name: Hypseleotris compressa

Common name: Empire gudgeon

Family: Eleotridae

Usual size in fish tanks: 11 - 12 cm (4.33 - 4.72 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.4

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 3 - 11°N (53.57 - 196.43ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 20 - 27 °C (68 - 80.6°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Oceania

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Empire gudgeons are not fussy eaters so provide then with a quality flake or pellets but this needs to be varied with regular meals of live or frozen foods. They will accept blood worms, daphnia, brine shrimp and mysis.


Oceania; Empire gudgeons are found in the estuaries of Australia.


The male will display red finnage, with the females the fins are a more browner colour.


The male will intensify in colour when spawning is about to commence and when ready the female will deposit her eggs on rocks, plants or even the tank glass. The male will take on the parental role and protect the eggs until they hatch in about 10 days. The fry, once free swimming can be fed on Infusoria.


The expected lifespan for Hypseleotris compressa is 5-8 years.

Short description

Hypseleotris compressa do best in a brackish set up although some keepers claim to have kept them for years in fresh water. They will require hiding places added to the tank and use plants that can withstand the brackish water.


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