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  1. Knight Gobies
    by scol/ (Scott Colbath) (22 Mar 1993)
  2. [M] injured banded coral shrimp, marine food
    by krogers/ (K. Rogers) (Wed, 8 Jul 1992)

Knight Gobies

by scol/ (Scott Colbath)
Date: 22 Mar 1993
Newsgroup: rec.aquaria

In article <>  
(Gary Link) writes:
> I found a pair of these the other day, so now they're in a tank at home.
> I have been unable to find out much about them, except that they're
> brackish water fish, they like to eat anything that fits in their
> mouths, and they are shy.
> Any suggestions on keeping these gobies?

I have one Goby in my 29g and it is very shy. When I want to see him/her (?) I  
have to sit next to the tank and remain still. Within a few minutes, he comes  
out. If I move the slightest bit, it goes back under the peice of African root  
I have in the tank. Since the fish is so shy, I have to drop some sinking  
shrimp pellets to the back of the tank near the root to make sure it eats.
A funny note here: I would sware I have seen my clown loach bring a pellet or  
two under the root for the goby. The two fish are buddies and bunk up under the  
same root even though there is another unused root at the other end of the  

BTW: How do you tell a male goby from a female?

Scott Colbath
Stratus Computer
Phoenix, Az.  (602)852-3106

[M] injured banded coral shrimp, marine food

by krogers/ (K. Rogers)
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1992
Newsgroup: rec.aquaria (Judith Ann Reed) writes:

Guess I'll post rather than mail this time.

Regarding lost limbs on coral banded shrimps: the arm will appear
after the next molt.  The truely astounding thing is that the arm will
be *full sized*.  When My shrimp lost an arm I was expecting it to
require several molts before it came back.  The very next molt it was
as if it hadn't lost it at all.  What I want to know is where it keeps
that arm before the molt - I mean, it's a big ol' long thing.

As for temperment, all shrimps generally hide out during the day.  My
coral banded hangs upside down in a favorite cave which it owns.  As
soon as the dusk lights kick on the shrimp is out an' about.

Feeding: just drop a piece of shrimp or fish on its antennae.  It will
rapidly seize the piece.  It will soon learn to come out at fish
feeding time to get the scraps, even in daylight.

> Any suggestions for additional crab/shrimp/invert type creatures that would
> do well in this tank, with only a single Triton tube over it? How about a 
> mandarin fish, firefish, or some gobies? In your experience, are they hard
> to keep and what do they eat?

Don't get a mandarin unless you have about 500lbs of high quality live
rock per fish.  Otherwise it will eventually starve.  This may take a
year (as with mine) but it will starve - and your rock will be devoid
of any interesting bugs, too - all devoured by the now dead fish.

Firefish are a type of goby.  All gobies are peaceful and hardy and
are highly recommended as long as your other tank mates aren't too
feisty.  I've bought some 4 firefish.  All ate very well and did
really fine until they jumped out of the tank (open top)  These fish
are real jumpers from all accounts.  Make sure you have a tight lid
before you buy one of these.

Don't get the green "clown" goby - they hide 99.999999% of the time.
The remaining fraction when out of hiding it is swimming around warp
factor 9 to a piece of food floating by then hauls back to hiding.

> Thanks for any help you fish gurus can give a beginner marine aquarist.

Yeah, Guru.  I've found that if you sit in a lotus position and chant
Om Mani Padme Um that you don't need to do water changes.

Nawww, not really.
Keith Rogers

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