Animal Stories - Gobies and Dartfish


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paul janjatovic - 2005-12-03
easy to keep fish once eating. i have raised a pair from very small to adulthood. they are now nearly 8 inches long and have laid eggs a few times. i have yet to try to raise the eggs. glass shrimp are ideal to feed to them. live sand is a must .....p

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  • Linda - 2011-01-30
    I have a blue cheek pair who have been doing well the male looks great [quite fat] but the female has disappeared for 6 days now. Could she be hiding? Presumably it's best not to try to look for her and disturb the rocks. Has this happened with yours? They are approx 10 cm long. Thanks! Linda.
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Tim Phipps - 2003-10-14
Concerning catalina gobies gender. I believe they have the ability to change sex. Over the years I have bought numerous pairs without knowing their sex and always had them spawn. There is a term for it but at this time it eludes me.

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Anonymous - 2009-10-24
I recently just learned about them and I think they are a great fish. I would love to set up a coldwater tank someday.

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  • Lou D. - 2010-03-11
    uh i think i know u from somewhere............ do u play a game called maplestory?
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chris - 2007-02-23
Blue banded gobies can change sex. This change is dependent on their social environment (see research by Grober et al.). If you purchase all females, the largest, less subordinate female will change into a male. If you place a larger male in a take with a smaller male, the smaller male will become a female.

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xlayedoutx - 2010-08-01
I've kept a few of these gobies in tanks where temp reached 85 degrees. The statement of 74 degrees being the max is false. I've kept a pair for well over 2 years at higher temps with no problems.

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Anonymous - 2009-06-03
The term for when a fish changes its gender is sexual dimorphism. These are a great temperate species but are very territorial. So make sure their line of view is disrupted as they go by an 'out of sight, out of mind' way of thinking although some bickering will always occur.

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Darrell Dalton - 2011-08-20
I've had this fish for a few months now, and I don't know how I lived without it for so long. You want an ich treatment for your reef tank? Get this guy. He is a lean, mean, cleaning machine. Love this fish!!

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Tollie - 2007-10-29
Be careful with keeping arrow crabs around this goby; they might get eaten.

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Rachel Dixon - 2004-04-14
My pink-spot goby is a fantastic character. once,when i fed him and the rest of my fish with a cube of frozen brine shrimp,he leaped up and grabbbed nearly all of the food in his huge mouth. He was chewing on it for the rest of the day! He is now such a lovely and striking fish!

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Geoff - 2008-02-05
Just an observation. The Valenciennea strigata and all other Valenciennea gobys' are definitely not a good reef fish.
It is constantly digging the substrate for food and deleting beneficial organisms that the reef owner would want. Not to mention, they then deposit the substrate all over the expensive corals.

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  • Bob - 2010-12-04
    I agree with Geoff and have mixed feelings about this fish. It sifts sand which prevents a carpet of algae from forming, but it constantly grabs mouthfulls of sand and then swims about 8-10 inches up before releasing it. That sprinkles it over everything below. I have had mine a week, and not sure how long it will stay or if I can rearrange the corals away from the sand.
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