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Post by Win on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 10:58 am

have wanted a goby for a while. i had my heart set on getting a Tiger Wardi goby for my 55, but now that i have the grouper, im afriad that expensive little fish would just end up a snack for it... so i was wondering about some of the smaller species that would do okay in a 20L. i dont have any experience with them but i do like the look of them.... a pistol shrimp/goby pair would be nice, but i dont really like the "nano" clown gobys, they just look wierd to me... any suggestions?

whole reason i say this is i notice a little bit of brown diatoms on my sandbed sometimes, i have nerites to keep my sand bed stirred, and they do a good job of it, but they dont seem to have any intrest in sifting the sand. id get a sand sifting star, but my tank isnt big enough.... decisions decisions...
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Re: 20L Gobys...

Post by Yuma on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 11:19 am

I've looked at the goby options as well since I'm hoping to had a Pistol Shrimp/Goby pair to my 60g.

I think that size tank would be perfect for a little shrimp/goby pair.

As a matter of suggestion, here's a couple of the Gobys I've looked at....not all being pairable with a shrimp mind you.

Catalina Goby (Lythrypnus dalli)
Dracula Goby (Stonogobiops dracula)
Randall's Goby (Amblyeleotris randalli)
Rainford Goby (Amblygobius rainfordi)

And I was looking for the scientific names, I just saw this one too
Tiger Wardi Goby (Valenciennea wardii)

There's a couple of the pink spotted watchman's at Petco that would fall in the family that would pair with a shrimp. I've seen some pistol shrimp/Goby pairs being sold as a set too, already paired up. It's usually a yellow watchman though which doesn't interest me as much.

I'm sure you know, but in case you don't, the Amblyeleotris and Stonogobiops genera are the two that will generally pair up with a Pistol Shrimp.

Eh...if nothing else, something for you to think about.

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Re: 20L Gobys...

Post by ritter678 on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 11:24 am

Diamond gobies will sift the sand but I think they need a bigger tank. I've had a sand sifting star for a long time and they don't sift the top layer of sand, they only cruise around just under the top layer. I don't know of anything other than those that will do any sand sifting. If you just want a goby, I like the yellow watchmans. It's not easy to get them to pair up with a shrimp sometimes. I have a pistol shrimp I never see and my goby could care less. I know liveaquaria sells goby/shrimp pairs on diver's den all the time but they aren't cheap. Don't get catalina gobies. They are pretty but they are a colder water species that won't live long in our tanks. 60-70 degrees is what liveaquaria recommeds.
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Re: 20L Gobys...

Post by Win on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 11:49 am

Yuma wrote:I've looked at the goby options as well since I'm hoping to had a Pistol Shrimp/Goby pair to my 60g.

I think that size tank would be perfect for a little shrimp/goby pair.

As a matter of suggestion, here's a couple of the Gobys I've looked at....not all being pairable with a shrimp mind you.

Catalina Goby (Lythrypnus dalli)
Dracula Goby (Stonogobiops dracula)
Randall's Goby (Amblyeleotris randalli)
Rainford Goby (Amblygobius rainfordi)

And I was looking for the scientific names, I just saw this one too
Tiger Wardi Goby (Valenciennea wardii)

There's a couple of the pink spotted watchman's at Petco that would fall in the family that would pair with a shrimp. I've seen some pistol shrimp/Goby pairs being sold as a set too, already paired up. It's usually a yellow watchman though which doesn't interest me as much.

I'm sure you know, but in case you don't, the Amblyeleotris and Stonogobiops genera are the two that will generally pair up with a Pistol Shrimp.

Eh...if nothing else, something for you to think about.

tiger wardi is what i wanted for my 55, but they get far too large for a 20L imo.

i saw the ones at petco yesterday... 30 bucks for a lil 2 inch white goby with some blue lines under its eyes... but it was activly sifting the sand in the tank... i was like hrmmm..... i almost bought it but wanted to put some more thought into it first. i almost always regret buying something i didnt specificially go the the store to get.
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Re: 20L Gobys...

Post by matt_longview on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 11:53 am

Just popping in here to say that I'm interested... would love a pair like this in one of my tanks.
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Re: 20L Gobys...

Post by Yuma on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 11:56 am

Agreed on the expensive thing, it's why I didn't pick one up this weekend myself. Worst part is if you order one you have to pay the overnight shipping costs. I've gone back and forth on getting them to order me something specific and just ordering directly from one of the online stores.

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Re: 20L Gobys...

Post by BigBlue on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 1:50 pm

The Sleeper Banded Goby is the best sifter I have seen. However, the recommended tank size is 30 gallons.
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Re: 20L Gobys...

Post by Win on Tue 25 Jan 2011, 12:29 am

well hell factor in the fuge... and we get 30 gallons! Very Happy
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