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maxw47 11-18-2012 12:22 AM

Jeweled Goby Cichlids?
This weekend I have been looking for new fish to breed, and I came across a cool little fish called a Jeweled Goby Cichlid. Anybody heard of it? From what I have found, they live on the north shore of lake Tanganyika and they're herbavores for the most part. Breeding wise, once a pair is formed, they will breed for life. Kind of like angelfish in that manner. The female will hold the fry in her mouth for two weeks with out eating. Then the male takes the fry in his mouth for about a week. After that, the fry are for the most part ignored by the parents and they are on their own. That is what I found. Does anybody know anything more? I plan on having a ten gallon (to small? couldn't find tank size info) with aragonite sand. The water would be RO, so the sand would harden and buffer. I would assume that they would destroy plants because they are a hebavorous african cichlid. I might try some anubias. Does anybody know if they start to pick on the fry after a while? Another major problem I am running into is finding some of these. I saw one offer on aquabid, but that was in new york and the guy wasn't shipping. They aren't on my LFS's wholesalers list either. So if anyone knows where I could get some that would be great. Thanks!

Tazman 11-18-2012 10:40 PM

They need a minimum tank size of 30 gallons as they are active fish, they also need a lot of rock work as they like to dart in and out of it.

They are actually not herbivors but omnivores, they need to have a mainly vegetable based diet but it MUST be supplemented with meaty substance (Brine Shrimp, shrimp and squid) occasionally, they will develop health problems if you dont feed them the meat at least twice a month.

They are extremely hard to find and rarely are seen in LFS, and when they do appear, they usually command a high price.

Have a look here though, if this guy cannot get them for you, then forget it, he is one of the top breeders / importers of Tanganyikan Cichlids in the world.

maxw47 11-18-2012 11:10 PM

Ok. Forget it then. I don't really have that much enthusiasm to set up a 30 gallon. Shell dwelling cichlids look fun though. Same requirements, just super tiny. And I guess some shells too.

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