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Bumble Bee Goby
>I was at the LFS stocking up on cardinal tetras and the sales person >was
>being nice giving me extra fish.
I think that was very nice of him, but it also shows his lack of knowledge
concerning the fish he is selling. Seeing that you purchased a south
american freshwater fish that enjoys a very low pH and soft water, it seems
rather foolish to sell you a fish that comes from Malasia, Thialand,
Vietnam...give or take ;), that enjoys extremely hard water, a high pH, and
(here's the kicker) brackish water. I am not trying to generate any
animosity. I simply wanted to point out that this salesperson, albeit very
nice and generous, doesn't seem to have much knowledge of the fish he/she is
Bumble bee Gobies (Bracygobius Xanthozona) are best kept in a species tank
with lots of rocks and driftwood branches (read "roots"). They are
territorial, but do best with only others of their own kind. The salinity
of the water is best kept at 1.010 to 1.012, but fluctuations above and
below this are tolerated well (better on the low side though). The Baensch
atlas states, "the species is sensitive to freshwater..."
I have kept these in a species tank for years and I have found they are very
easy to keep. I have had them spawn on numerous occasions, with the male
guarding and fanning the eggs. The males almost take on a cherry red
glowing color when they are in the "mood".
>It currently seems harmless and likes to hide
>in the plants towards the back of the tank.
Unfortunately that is were the goby will stay until the water parameters
match the environment it is used to. I would suggest either setting up a
small brackish tank with a few more gobies and some rocks and driftwood.
Either that, or find this goby a new home fast.
Hope that helps.
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