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Gage 02-17-2008 11:31 PM

Question about Leaf Goblinfish (Neovespicula depressi
sup everyone, first post on this forum, just curious as to whether they appreciate their own kind being in the tank, i currently have one, will it benefit him to buy another one or two?

also, he i eating bloodworms, but only if they are moving, fussy little bugger, but at least hes eating, what are you all feeding yours, assuming someone on this forum has one lol.

herefishy 02-18-2008 01:26 AM

Wow. That is one of the toughest question I have had in a loooonnnngg time. After not being able to Google any info, I IM'd a couple of my borderline ichtyologist friends and called a young man( he's 38 ) that is a full-blown marine biologist, with a doctorate, and could not find an answer for you. I know some about them now, though. If what you have is a leaf goblinfish, I don't doubt that it is, it has other names in the hobby. Wasp fish and freshwater butterfly grouper being two. They are a rather deep water fish but have been captured in brackish mangrove swamps. But for the life of me, I could not find anything about whether they could tolerate their own species in the same tank.

Neovespicula depressifrons is the scientific name also by the way. I looked for 15 minutes or more for Neovespicula depressi, which is close, but not close enough. lol

Tony, the marine biologist, said he would dig into it deeper for me, but to give him a little time as his schedule is pretty tight right now. Until then, I will keep digging. I'm sure he will come up with the answer, he usually does.

Gage 02-18-2008 10:24 AM

lol, that is what im talking about! the topic name couldnt go any longer then that and it cut it off and i didnt notice, sorry man, but you got it right.

their true common name (the one u find most info under) is Leaf Goblinfish

though ive seen them listed under Waspfish, butterfly goby, butterfly grouper, and Indo butterflyfish

the Scientific name is Neovespicula depressifrons sorry for the mix up.

herefishy 02-21-2008 04:06 AM

UPDATE!!!! My biologist contact e-mailed me that these fish seem to be a solitary species, which indicated to him that they may be territorial. He and I played Email tag and came to the conclusion that in such a confined area as an aquarium, aggression problems may arise.

Gage 02-21-2008 07:46 PM

uhoh...well ive already picked up the other 2 :? , ill keep you updated on how it works and will get of of them if fighting arises.

shouldnt have jumped on buying them so soon, but so far know aggression, though i dunno what happens at night :?

thanx for the warning though, ill keep it in mind if they start dying all of a sudden.

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