Originally Posted by Twistersmom
Sorry to thread hijack Zachhay11.
Byron, what kind of skippers did you have? I have 6 Indian Mudskippers, not large enough to bite hard.
You should start a thread on your 70g project. I would love to see pictures of the progress and know more about the future inhabitants. I am sure we could all learn a lot from it.
On the mudskipper, I'm not sure TM. It was in 1987, that's like ancient history, you know...the Acropolis, the Roman forum...
I had one, about 3 inches, in a 10g tank half brackish water, half "land" comprised of mangrove root (very authentic anyway). It very quickly got used to me, I always fed it things like live tubifex worms, frozen squid, frozen plankton; always on my fingertip, and it always hopped up onto one particular branch closest to the top. When I lifted the hood lid, it would immediately charge over to the wood and jump up, then literally jump up and down in anticipation. One night it jumped out and skipped around the room. After a few weeks I decided to get a second to keep it company, and move them into larger quarters. I introduced the second, no fights or anything, but the second refused to eat and died within a few days, and the first one also refused to eat and died shortly after. I can only assume the second one carried some pathogen or disease.
The 70g is running, just not "aquascaped" fully because I am waiting for some particular plants. I have six bunches of wisteria set out around the tank, and three aponogeton, an onion plant, 3 crypt species from the former 90g, and floating
Ceratopteris, with several chunks of bogwood. Present fish include nine hengeli rasbora, 6 black fin rasbora [Rasbora dorsiocellata], 7 merah rasbora [Boraras merah], 7 pygmy sparkling gouramis, 6 chocolate gouramis (3 of the common Sphaerichthys osphromenoides osphromenoides
, 3 of the similar but rarer subspecies Sphaerichthys osphromenoides selatanensis
) and 3 "angelica" loaches [Botia kubotai]. I intend to add a group of dwarf loaches [Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki] when they are next available locally. Beyond this, no decisions on future fish. It's been 21 years since I last had pygmy and chocolate gouramis. Its neat to be quietly sitting in front of one of the tanks and periodically hear a male pygmy gourami "croaking' to entice a female or deter another male.