Hi, I'm new here, but I'll post more about that in an actual intro post.
Last week I added a bumblebee gobi to my tropical aquarium (20 gal, 75 degrees) and so far, it's doing really well (I did add a salt cup) except for one thing- it's not eaten very much. I've been feeding flake food in the hopes that it would get the leftovers like my ghost shrimp used to, but the schooling fish in the tank have gotten to be much more voracious eaters than I expected.
So tonight, while picking up crickets, I decided I'd try offering, in addition to flake food, a frozen/thawed brine shrimp/Spirulina mix. I'm hoping (please comment if you've experience in this) that either my gobi will be more competitive for the brine shrimp or the schooling fish will be so thrilled at the prospect of high protein, high calorie food that something will drift down to the gobi.
question, though, is this:
I also picked up two tiny tiny terra cotta pots, with the idea that maybe this would afford better shelter for the gobi. However, this was an impulse buy from two stores down (and 59 cents apiece, but I still feel like I got ripped off) and I don't have any idea what I can actually do with them to make them gobi-sized hides. Any ideas? I'm going to wait to put them in 'til I know how to clean them/if I should put them in at all. Cleaning advice? They also have adhesive stickers on them as opposed to most decor having tags- should I be worried about that?
Will having a hide or two just for it make my gobi more aggressive? It's the smallest and slowest animal in the tank, but you never know.
Finally, are there any recommendations of where to put a hide for a gobi? Moving water, near the salt cup, etc.
By the way, I'm not keeping the gobi in there forever. I'm planning on (eventually) starting a brine tank where I'd keep it.
Sorry for the long post, but thanks for reading!