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Someone gave me this fish about six months ago when it was about an inch long. It got trapped in a feeding rock I had submerged in the tank. He loved to hide in there and I was thinking to myself just this morning, "I better take that rock out before he gets stuck." As you can see, he's grown quite a bit.



When he swam, he had a long dorsal fin that resembled a chain saw, sort of. Not knowing what he was, pike, eel, or whatever; I called him a Chinese Dragon Fish.



He loves Ghost Shrimp, but his favorite food was Rams Horn Snails. I thought it would be great to have at least one in every tank to help keep the snail population down.

I would appreciate it very much if someone can help identify this fish. I've never seen one like this before, and of course if you don't have a name, you can't tell the fish store to order one.

Thanx all.
 

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I doubt that fish looks like a Dragon Goby although we should just hope to identify it properly.
Here's another pic of the Dragon Goby:

Dragon Gobies are brackish water fish.
 

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I believe it is of the Bicher family from what I've seen at Live Aquaria Dot Com.

Again, I called it a Dragon simply because it reminds me of the Mythical Chinese Dragon.

It was really handy at keeping the Rams Horn Snail population down. So, now I want three of them, one for each tank.
 

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Hi CJ,
It is not even a bichir. I'm still trying to track down more informations of eels and gobies to identify your fish.
Pls be aware that without info, you may end up with large fish which you may not be able to keep for a long time.
Some may be brackish, some don't. And brackish water fish tend to demand salt as they mature even if they thrive in freshwater as juveniles.
 

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I keep all my tanks brackish, between 1.006 to 1.016 ppt.

Looking real careful is does look like a dragon goby, Joeshmoe posted, only the color was more grayish. The coloration difference my be due to the color of the light.
 

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Whatever it is it looks pretty awesome. Very unique.
 

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Blue said:
I doubt that fish looks like a Dragon Goby although we should just hope to identify it properly.
Here's another pic of the Dragon Goby:

Dragon Gobies are brackish water fish.
nice pic! where did u get that from????????? eh? eh? eh?
 

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It stinks to reveal it's from you, Dan.:tongue:
 

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That is with out a dout a vilot goby or dragon goby also know s the goby eel. they are normlly kept in brakish tanks, But over the years of being bred on fish farms have now been and or beening seen as more of a freashwter spiecies. I have one 3.5yrs old. there is a debate over " If keeping them in FW is hurting there live span or if brackish is the best for them." It's a he said she said type deal imo. But the darker gray coloring shows tht one was in fw and the other brackish. they can and do reach 12'' long. They have very large mouths and some say they will eat anything that fits into there mouth. But the one thing is there mouth is big but throat is to small and nearrow for them to et guppies and neons. Must fish are to big for the passage way. they are filter eaters. Scuoping up even gravel and filtering it with there gills. It's neat to whatch the gravel filter out the gills. They are very very blind do to there eye size. But can and do swim super fast either forward or backwards. Can stop on a dime and hit revers like that and be gone in a flash. best to throw in a peice of tubing for filter for them to hide. They mainly come out at night.
 

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Weasel F. said:
That is with out a dout a vilot goby or dragon goby also know s the goby eel. they are normlly kept in brakish tanks, But over the years of being bred on fish farms have now been and or beening seen as more of a freashwter spiecies. I have one 3.5yrs old. there is a debate over " If keeping them in FW is hurting there live span or if brackish is the best for them." It's a he said she said type deal imo. But the darker gray coloring shows tht one was in fw and the other brackish. they can and do reach 12'' long. They have very large mouths and some say they will eat anything that fits into there mouth. But the one thing is there mouth is big but throat is to small and nearrow for them to et guppies and neons. Must fish are to big for the passage way. they are filter eaters. Scuoping up even gravel and filtering it with there gills. It's neat to whatch the gravel filter out the gills. They are very very blind do to there eye size. But can and do swim super fast either forward or backwards. Can stop on a dime and hit revers like that and be gone in a flash. best to throw in a peice of tubing for filter for them to hide. They mainly come out at night.
finely somebody else thats says its a goby
 

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Yea I'll back it up with pictures of mine, if needed. I've seen over and over throw the yr people buying the goby and when they get it home they will ad salt to the tank and not thank about other tank mates and over the night one of the smaller fish will dyi and they will say the dragon goby did it. Then from then on it's labled as a killer and removed or flashed. I've read 100's of pos over the last yr. of this verything happening.

I find that the goby species is one of the most peaceful and out going fish on the market. I bred the bumble bee goby and i get the same thing. You have to add salt to the tank. My female is with fry #5 and it's super to see this little fish with her fry simming and tending to the babys. Now if I can get the dragon to spawn I'll be on cloud 9, I havn't ever heard or read anything of anyone ever breding the volit goby in captivatie. So I'm hoping to get one to spawn. But 1.5yrs in and nothing but a little courtship going on and no spawning attemps. hope to changes that.
 

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i would say goby as well. the body itself looks like the voilet dragon goby i had. the color is darker for sure tho. i wouldnt see mine for days until ild look for him. when we had sand he buried himself in it and when we had gravel he hisd under our driftwood. he was very active at night. he had very small eyes so i dont think he could've been a good hunter. ours sifted thru the substrate and ate what we fed him from there.
 

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CJ said:
Someone gave me this fish about six months ago when it was about an inch long. It got trapped in a feeding rock I had submerged in the tank. He loved to hide in there and I was thinking to myself just this morning, "I better take that rock out before he gets stuck." As you can see, he's grown quite a bit.



When he swam, he had a long dorsal fin that resembled a chain saw, sort of. Not knowing what he was, pike, eel, or whatever; I called him a Chinese Dragon Fish.



He loves Ghost Shrimp, but his favorite food was Rams Horn Snails. I thought it would be great to have at least one in every tank to help keep the snail population down.

I would appreciate it very much if someone can help identify this fish. I've never seen one like this before, and of course if you don't have a name, you can't tell the fish store to order one.

Thanx all.



you have got a dragon goby also known as a violet goby!!! dispite what everyone else is saying...they are wrong.

congrats! its a great fish. good luck :D
 
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