07-24-2009, 12:00 PM
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1. Do they absolutely require brackish water?
To keep them in freshwater would shorten their life span and make them very disease prone.
2. Will they eat mollies/guppies and or cories if in the same tank?
They do well with smaller fish, but the goby being brackish, they should not be kept together.
3. What is a good staple diet?
Blackworms, bloodworms, shrimp, algae wafers, & snail jello.
4. How would they do with a few Gouramis and a guppy if provided enough room?
Not well, with the goby being a brackish fish.
5. Would it be okay to have a undergravel filter and finer river gravel?
Yes, but the goby would prefer sand.
6. How large do they get?
Up to 2 feet.
7. What ph level would be ideal for this animal?
A high Ph, mine is doing well in a Ph of 8.
My apologies for all of the questions. At my local LFS they /are/ kept in freshwater, so I was curious.
My lfs keeps them in fresh water as well. I took a good two hours acclimating him to brackish. The fellow working at the store warned me that a lot of people have trouble getting them to eat. He said if it does not eat in the first two days, it may never eat, bring it back and get a different one.
Apparently the goby took very well to brackish. He was netted from the bucket into the tank. I fed the other fish as a distraction when he was released. He was feeling so comfy, he was gobbling up food on his way down to the bottom of the tank.