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Twistersmom 01-15-2009 03:31 PM

Desert gobies & Knight gobies together?
 
I am still trying to decide what to put in my brackish tank after its cycled. 11 days into ammonia cycle and still no nitrites! Starting to feel impatient! I think I am going to go with some Knight gobies. Desert Gobies only live for a year. It would be sad to see them die off so quickly, on the other hand they are suppose to be easy to breed, that could be fun! Anyone have any personal experience with either of these gobies? I wonder if I could add a few of both into a 55gal? I am afraid of some personality conflict between the two types of gobies.

tophat665 01-23-2009 09:58 PM

I think a Knight Goby would put the kibosh on any hopes of breeding Desert gobies. I think if you want to put desert gobies in your 55, you'd be best advised to get a couple of 20 gallon tanks, do breeding in one, grow out in the other, and put the ones you don't need to perpetuate the line in the 55, where they will still do their thing, but where it won't matter to your continuing population that their fry get eaten.

Twistersmom 01-24-2009 07:13 AM

Yea, I think you are right. Now I am confused on what type of water is best for desert gobies. Some say freshwater, others say light brackish.

tophat665 01-24-2009 11:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Twistersmom (Post 166176)
Yea, I think you are right. Now I am confused on what type of water is best for desert gobies. Some say freshwater, others say light brackish.

There was an article in TFH last year (and, strangely, one in 2005 or 6) about these guys. They need very hard and brackish water. Both Hard and Brackish. I believe it was lightly brackish, but I would have to dig up the article and check.

Mike Hellweg, a regular contributor to TFH and author of at least one aquarium book, has an article he wrote for AFI that's posted here. He's got his head screwed on pretty darn well, so I would take what he says to heart.

According to Mike, they can enjoy broadly variable salinity. Also according to Mike, you'll need a source of live worms, either your own culture or a LFS that sells them. Live brine and daphnia are good too. Frozen they'll sometimes eat grudgingly, flake & pellet rarely.

Twistersmom 01-24-2009 11:30 AM

Thanks! That was alot of good info. Does sound like I should set up a tank just for them if I decide to keep them.They like their water a little warmer than most fish.


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