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post #1 of 6 Old 02-17-2012, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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keeping bumblebee gobies

Hi all:

I would really like to have a couple of bumble bees in my 33ish gal. aquarium. I have 3 beautiful pearl gouramis, 10 xray tetras, and one male betta. Everyone seems comfy, with no unusual stress behaviour and they have been together for 2 months.. The tank is lightly planted, but I am adding live plants every couple of weeks, until it is quite full.... not too overdone just well planted. Now I have floating coverage = 1/3, plus anubia, and grass on the bottom and a tall full plant I don't know the name of. I fertilize once a week.

Do you think 2 "bees" would be comfortable in my aquarium???
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-17-2012, 07:10 PM
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I've had 4 small ones before. They are slow to eat, the last to eat, and it is tricky to get food to them when everyone else rushes to eat quickly. They also like meatier foods like blood worms so I would have to feed the rest of the fish at one end of the tank, and have blood worms de-thawed in some tank water and try to squirt them down into the back of the tank with a turkey baster. So a bit tricky for me to care for them. I only had them about 4 months. No one ever seemed to bother them tho.

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post #3 of 6 Old 02-17-2012, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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thank you for answering... I have read they can be tricky to feed, but I've also read where they will eat almost any sinking food...??? They are just so darn fun to watch bounce around.

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-19-2012, 04:49 PM
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They are brackish fish. I read somewhere that theres two kinds that are both sold as bumblebee gobies and that one tolerates freshwater, I don't know how true it is but tolerate doesn't sound like the best for it.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-19-2012, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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It's true, there is both fresh and brackish bumblebee gobies for sale, I must be sure its the freshwater one that is for sale.

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post #6 of 6 Old 02-19-2012, 05:08 PM
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The Brachygobius xanthozona has perfect unbroken black stripes and is best suited for brackish, but will tolerate fresh water much better than the other type."

10 Things to Know About Gobies: Bumblebee Gobies, by Peter McKane

Is what I saw. But at least you care and are aware, unlike most.
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