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molliefan09 02-21-2010 09:31 AM

Thinking of mudskippers...
 
So i have a 55 gallon tank sitting empty.....i have been THINKING about possibly using it for mudskippers. I have heard a lot of people who have had them say how wonderful they are and what interesting creatures!! But i want to make sure my 55 is a suitable enough home for them..i know twistersmom has some...but she doesnt have any tanks listed:cry:

Angel079 02-21-2010 10:06 AM

They're too awesome aren't they?! I had looked into them a few yrs ago to set them up a home but I winded up never doing it; glad to hear you're taking the step :-) Can't wait to see pictures there :-)

Twistersmom 02-21-2010 10:32 AM

Sorry about that molliefan09. I do need to get around to listing my tanks!:oops:

A 55 gal would make a great home for mudskippers. I have the Indian mudskippers. They stay small compared to some other types of skippers. They are also more mellow/not as territorial as other skippers, so you could have 6-8 of them in a 55 gal.

I like mine. Just such cute little things! I believe that I do have some pictures of their tank setup in my album. If you would like me to post some pictures of their setup here, I can do that.

molliefan09 02-21-2010 11:57 AM

i would LOVE to see your set up!! when researching i found some info on both the indian and african....i was leaning more towards the indian just because they do stay smaller

Twistersmom 02-21-2010 12:43 PM

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Most of the tank shots, where taken before I had the skippers, when the tank still looked nice and clean.:oops:

I would recommend the Indians. They sometimes flair their fins at one another, but that is the extent of it. No real fighting occurs.
They spend next to no time under water, so I would focus on land area and try to provide each with its own area to sit. I have seen many people, setup one side of the tank with sand, and have it slope down into water area. I just tried to have decor tall enough to provide area for them to sit. They all love the turtle dock on the right side of the tank.

I have 6 of them in a 30 gal tank. They have been with me since the first week in July, and all doing great. Although, I spoiled them on black worms and at the moment, won't anything else.:|

molliefan09 02-21-2010 12:46 PM

thats a neat little set up!! see...i was under the impression that i was going to have to have half land half water...but i can just fill it 1/4 of the way with little ledges and docks for him to get out of the water?? so they need any special lighting...like say a turtle would??

Twistersmom 02-21-2010 12:50 PM

No special lighting. I do have a heater in the water. That keeps the out of the the water area, nice and humid, the way they like it. I think hot lighting, would make it too dry for them.

They really don't spend any time in the water. They even eat on land. So, only filling the tank 1/4 full, will work fine.

I keep mine at 78 deg, and a specific gravity of about 1.008, and that seems to be working fine.

molliefan09 02-21-2010 01:33 PM

awesome!! now i just nee to find some one who sells them....

aunt kymmie 02-21-2010 03:40 PM

That's a really nice looking tank, Twistersmom! Those little guys are adorable. It would be hard not to spoil them. :)

Twistersmom 02-21-2010 04:58 PM

Thanks Aunt Kymmie!

This is where I bought mine......Brackishwater Fish

If you can not find them locally, I highly recommend buying from Frank. He was out when I placed my order. He emailed, to notify me, when he got a new shipment in, but first wanted to QT and worm before sending out, to be sure they where healthy first. +1, IMO, for a place that wants to only send out healthy fish!

I see he now carries something called a thai mudskipper. Have not heard of them, I need to do some reading up.


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