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2' Goby Tank


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I have some bumblebees. 2. Reasonably large ones too, they are actual flying bumblebee sized critters. My query is for tankmates. Tank is 2' with oodles of pots for hidey-holes. Currently has a large sponge filter. Suggestions so far: knight goby indian glassfish fiddler crabs (can we get these?) puffers (they are lobbying for these to be on the import list, but it'll be a while) livebearers (probably balloon mollies or platies) Orange chromide (can we get these?) land hermits (with floating island and vines for climbing) ghost strimp Nerite snails I have always wanted SW, and brackish sounds pretty good too, but I'm just at a bit of a loss for weird and wonderful companions :) Thoughts appreciated :P

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Goby's seem like an interesting choice, bumblebees are the only ones i really can identify, but i have on occasion at Auburn Aquarium, spotted a pair or two other types of Gobys. Desert Gobys look impressive especially the ones Dean had http://ausaqua.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=1824&st=0.

I think i would have to go to brackish before i went to saltwater, just to get an idea of the upkeep of waterchanges, and the other stuff you put in.... like salt :blink:

Do you mind me asking where you got your Ghost Shrimp from? i've never seen them before and didn't think we could get them in Australia only glass shrimp.

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I haven't gotten thwem yet, they were just suggested on another forum and I figured they may be referring to a marine variety so I thought i'd do a bit more research there :blink: I know there are esturine shrimp, so worst comes to worst I'll go collecting :blink:

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Hmm. I used to have a breeder of those that would sell in bulk (150 for $25) but they went out of business last year. Bound to be more around though, its just a matter of finding them :fish:

I have live food coming on friday for there stubborn fish, so maybe they'll eat that. I'm tempted to resort to VE simply to get something into them http://ausaqua.net/forum/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif never had anything be quite so picky, they are even refusing moving frozen at the moment!

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Pretty sure you saw pics of my brackish tank that i posted a long time ago.... had a muskipper and some bumblebees living in there. If you wanted a nice little school of fishies to go in there for some movement (gobies tend to be rather lazy and prefer to sit about a lot) you could always put in some pacific blue eyes . . . .

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I'm still debating if I can keep these guys. I don't have easy access to live food and they won't take anything else. I mean won't, not stubborn like a betta, but they just don't want to recognise it as food. I have a funny feeling they'd starve rather than eat someting pre-dead. Blue-eyes are definitely an option :scared:

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When I can be bothered getting off my lazy bum and taking pictures, I will post up some pics of my brackish tank for you. Currently it's stocked with umm, 10 assorted blue eyes (still tiny, can't tell what most of them are yet), 2 desert gobies, 4 bumblebees and of course, my pride and joy (mudskipper). I have been feeding the 'skipper and gobies chopped prawn cutlets . . . I think i lucked out with the bumblebees this time, I've had a nightmare in the part getting them to eat although sometimes they take frozen bloodworms.

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Don't be put off marine just because of salinity, just as much fiddling (unless you're using natural sea water for the marine tank - then it's less hassle)) with salinity as with a brackish tank. I've had a little nano marine tank set up for 6 weeks now, using natural sea water for water changes, and have winged my salinity by making a mark on the glass and topping off with fresh water up to it everytime some evaporates. So far so good - but having said that, I have ordered a salinity refractometer :( But speaking of brackish tanks, they are fascinating and you can get some really amazing critters! I've seen lots of puffers in marine tanks and here in Perth a few of the figure 8 puffers that I remember as living in brackish water. So as far as I know, puffers are 'importable'. I was under the impression though that they are a bit aggresive and can take chunks out of other fish. Good luck either way :dontknow:

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Depends on the type of puffer and what his tankmates are. I've seen a porcupine fish swim up and casually take a bite out of a resting wobbygong (which was not particularly impressed) on one of our local coral patches. The 'stars and stripes' puffer I had in my marine tank (years ago - pre kids) was one of the best personality fish I ever had - maybe second to the starry reef eel he shared the tank with.

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OH that reminds me - Abbey (and anyone else interested), there are freshwater puffers at my LFS at the moment, the one in the factory on Heathcote Rd. I have a vague recollection of you being keen on them at one time.

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