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Dragon Arcadia 07-15-2012 10:24 AM

Dragon Goby Has Died
I'm not much of a social media, chat threads and replies kind of person, but this bothers me. When I woke up this morning, what has been by far my favorite fish in the ten years of fishkeeping, my dragon goby, was in his tank just fine. About two hours later, I found him dead, tucked between the aquarium glass and the water heater. The thing really bothers me is how he died though. He was in great health, and the side of his face that was on the heater has burned down to his skull. All I can imagine is that, as gobies do, he was trying to find a hiding place, and ended up wedging his head between them, and was basically slowly cooked to death.

The other thing that bothers me is that as this was happening, I was in the same room watching YouTube videos on my iPad, and I kept hearing him beating against the glass, probably trying to squirm his way out. I just thought it was just him trying to burrow into the gravel, and even after an hour of this, I never bothered to walk over and check. Every other time I checked, and the one time I don't, this is what happens. If I had just bothered to put down the iPad and walk across the room, he would probably still be alive right now.

Olympia 07-15-2012 11:39 AM

Wow, I'm sorry to hear that. :-(
Everyone messes up though. I can say if I was in your place I probably would have ended up doing the same.. After so many times seeing him just playing in the gravel I would have assumed that he'd be fine too. :-(
Dragon gobies are such amazing fish.

Varkolak 07-15-2012 11:46 AM

Wow what a shame, I had a dojo loach that liked to curl around the heater and it would get little sores on on its body. Sadly hes passed away as well, makes me wish more companies made external heaters to prevent all the issues internals have caused

Dragon Arcadia 07-15-2012 05:14 PM

So I figured out what went wrong. The heater I was using was a brand-new Topfin heater that I got because my old Tetra heater broke, and gobies need heated water. The problem was that the Topfin heater wasn't working either. All of my fish started acting funny when I put it in the tank, and now I know that the "adjustable" heater didn't heat to the 80 degrees I set it to, it heated to 90 and never shut off. It overheated the water, killing all of my ghost shrimp, tons of invading ramshorn snails, two small algae eaters, then the dragon goby later. I returned it, and I'll probably never buy Topfin products again.

As for the goby, it didn't feel right to flush him, so I buried him in my yard. I only have my betta and an assassin snail left. I have no heater, so the snail should like that, and the betta should be okay until I get a heater that works right. It stays in the cave decoration the goby used to nest in.

It's just strange to look at the tank and not see the goby anymore. I've had him for around a year now, and I honestly didn't think I would miss a fish like this, but I really do.

Olympia 07-15-2012 05:18 PM

Wait, you had a betta with a dragon goby in brackish water? :shock:

And no, Topfin products really suck. I have the filter, and it's doing well and everything, but I would not trust a crappy brand like that for something as dangerous as a heater.

In the future, it may be better to buy two smaller heaters that add up to the proper tank size, if one breaks it won't go as crazy. Keeping them on opposite sides of the tank.

Dragon Arcadia 07-15-2012 06:21 PM

The tank actually wasn't brackish. The store I bought it from was keeping it in fresh water, so I was keeping it in a freshwater tank. There was actually no conflict with it and the betta at all; I never saw them fight once.

I had been working on a larger tank with lots of obstacles and sand, perfect for the goby. I was going to use better quality equipment, probably Fluuval, and use water from the goby's current tank to keep the water similar in both tanks. I was going to put the goby in the new tank with the water fresh, then slowly add salt. Unfortunately, I was relying on my job as a student worker at the college I attended to pay for it, so when the school year ended, I was unemployed. I had the tank, but I couldn't afford the equipment for it, or to start it up.

As for Topfin, this was the first time I've ever used one of their products, so I didn't know I was just buying a death trap.

Olympia 07-15-2012 06:26 PM

Yea, it's Petsmart's own brand. "Topfin" and "Toppaw" for dogs. Cheap imitation things really.

Sorry. I figured since this is in the brackish water section. xD

Dragon Arcadia 07-15-2012 06:34 PM

And one thing I think I should clarify, the "Dorm Aquarium" is NOT the tank that the goby was in. I bought the goby at the college town, and kept it in the dorm aquarium for one month when it was just a baby, a few inches long. When I went home, I moved it to a much larger tank. The dorm aquarium is the only one listed because I can't remember how to change those.

Dragon Arcadia 07-15-2012 06:39 PM

And sorry about the brackish water confusion too. I figured I should post here since it was about a brackish fish, not a brackish tank.

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