Dragon Goby, I love those creatures. Thankfully I'm working with a well-informed fish-lover that told me about those guys before I did any researching on the 'net. After I got home and did do the researching I was surprised at all the slander. =\
So much slander seems to go around when it comes to fish... we all should know, since most of us keep bettas on this forum.
By the time I get out of training, the three youngest girls I have are likely to be full-sized. (The other two in the sorority are old farts, lul.)
I'll remember that though... Reminds me of my turtle. One might assume he moves slow, but they're actually very fast critters. Mine's got a slender build, too, which helps.
I'll be sure to keep up with feedings when I get one, too. |D
Just make sure they aren't really small girls, it's not likely but the AFB does has a big mouth and they may seem slow and graceful but they have super fast burst of speed. For a while I had a pictus catfish in my tank and I had bought this pretty little copper crowntail, she disappeared over night :(
I hate bogus info, I'm always reading about how aggressive the dragon Goby is, when they're actually very peaceful almost blind filter feeders.
Interesting to know... and yeah, I had a Pearl Gourami, but he lived out back in the giant pond with the other bettas. No problems there, but there was a lot of room, too.
Thanks for the info! I'm likely not going to be able to get one until after I'm done with Basic Military Training. I'm going to keep researching too, but that really helps clarify some things (especially since you've got first-hand experience.... There's a lot of bogus websites, I know).
Also, I find it a little ironic that they're African and bettas are Thai. xD But hey, if they live in the same types of conditions and get along well, I suppose.
They do better by themselves unless you have a large aquarium because they can be territorial of the surface. I keep mine in a 16g, along with a blue gourami who is also a species known for being territorial around the surface and they do fine together.
When you first bring a AFB home they will usually only eat live food, such a crickets, and maybe freeze dried because it looks similar. After I started hand feeding mine it would eat about anything from my hand, and now I no longer hand feed it because it will eat the omega flakes I feed my girls greedily lol I still give him the occasional live food when I catch a bug around the house or out back. They need a good aquarium hood, and are known for jumping, but I haven't had any problems with it. Having live/silk floating plants will give it places to hide if it feels threatened so it won't feel it needs to jump.
Ah, I see! Thanks for the picture; I recognize them with the bigger image. ;D
I think we had some in our store at one time... I thought they were pretty cool, but I don't know much about them. (Haven't done a lot of research yet...) Are they a social/schooling fish or can they be by themselves?