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DysontheLoach 01-31-2012 01:18 PM

Dragon Goby!

Anyone have Dragon Gobies? If so There are a few things that I could need awnsering about! Like I know the common misconception is they are aggressive, cause they are not, but Is anyone elses Distructive to the tank? Mine seems to uproot the plants all the time! any advice?

MinaMinaMina 01-31-2012 01:23 PM

Are they just looking for hiding spots? They really need their own spots, something long and tube-shaped. Many people use weighted PVC tubes in appropriate sizes. What hiding spots do you have?

DysontheLoach 01-31-2012 01:30 PM

I got some wood logs that are rounded under them in the shape of a tube, he is in them most of the time but he comes out to be distructive.

MinaMinaMina 01-31-2012 03:11 PM

I know there's a lot of contradicting info out there, but here is my understanding from my experience and research when I had one years ago. If any one or more of these things is off, it could be stressing him.

DGs, while being able to adapt to freshwater, are very stressed by it in the long term. They need to be brackish.
The do well in groups.
They need sand substrate.
They need live foods.
They need higher pH, 7.5 to 8.0.
They need hard water.
They need long tanks, 55g is good.
They need temps of 75 to 80 degrees F.
They are easy targets for bullies, and are quite stressed by this.
They need occasional crunchy foods like snails.

If ALL of these needs are met, then I would suspect unseen aggression as the cause.

MinaMinaMina 01-31-2012 03:19 PM

Looking at your aquarium log, I see a lot of problems with temp compatibility, temperament/activity compatibility, lack of variety in hiding spots (DGs need a LOT of cover), and salinity incompatibility. There is also that the goldfishes and pleco are HUGE waste machines and are probably making it very difficult or impossible to maintain the levels of cleanliness that the DG needs. (There are also incompatibilites between the other fish, another matter.)

I would strongly recommend the DG be removed from this environment and either given his own tank that meets his requirements, rehomed, or back to the LFS.

There are a lot of areas to address, but I have to head off to work presently. (Time to help the finless animals! :-D) But I'll try to keep an eye on this thread in case no one else can cover these areas with you. Good luck!

Jason4390 04-07-2012 03:35 AM

Yes, as stated above, he needs a new home. Brackish, high ph, and plenty of cover is ideal. But, with all that said, the digging and uprooting of plants is just the nature of the beast. Mine loves digging and burrowing in the sand. Whether he's making a new tunnel under a rock or uprooting a plant... He just loves to dig!

DysontheLoach 04-07-2012 03:52 PM

well my aquarium has changed alot in the last few months. and I am on the fence with him still. he has plenty of hiding spots and food. (That he does not like) including snails, pellets and other things. he likes blood worms and i ran out. But he destroys EVERYTHING. I gave him a tube to live in he has uprooted it and the plants around it and moved it to the other side of the tank. And i take pride in my tank and how it looks. But i still love him.

Jason4390 04-08-2012 09:00 PM

Mine loves pellet food. Sinking shrimp pellets or Hikari Carnivore. I'm about to start raising brine shrimp also. Tried lava rock? Hot glue him a tunnel/cave that's too big and heavy for him to even attempt to move. But that's not to say he won't still move everything else about. Mine usually stays under a huge $50 fake rock that he can't move, and only come's out a couple times a day to root around and dig.

DysontheLoach 04-09-2012 08:44 AM

thanks for the advice everyone, I had found him a even bigger home with someone. along with a few other fish that I thought would be happier in a much bigger home. I had moved some goldies out too and got them into a pond, Altho...I miss my fish so much now but I know they will be in good hands. And I love seeing my shrimp come out and swim now the tank only has a few sharks and danios and plecos now. So time to re-do my aqua log!! And rip my little oto :(

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