Bumblebee goby

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  1. Lucky01

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    i also have one, looking to buy another one

    do they like to be in groups or solitary and what are your water conditions?
    sure it eats shrimps as my tank is now empty of shrimps

    anyone seen them for sale in JHB
     
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    The ph is stable on 7.8 .
    Its tricky feeding them as the top swimming fish goes for the food 1st.
     
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    what are you feeding it
    How many do you have
     
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    I have about 5 of them they really nice to watch.
    I've got 3 types of foods: Tetra pro flakes,granules and once a week blood worm.
     
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    When I first moved to Joburg I saw a lot for sale, for a good price. Almost got a small group.

    Looking at your pics, I'm sad I didn't. Glad yours are doing well though!
     
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    @Lucky01 Nice tank

    @SalmonAfrica Would these not prefer slightly brackish water to be healthy long term??
     
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    Ah, the million dollar question.

    There are a few species in Brachygobius, and definitive identification can be difficult. The problem comes in that some have a wide range of water parameter tolerances, some are freshwater, and some are primarily brackish. Overall, the genus appears to be freshwater leaning, and overall quite tolerant of fresh water (especially if kept hard and alkaline). This particular fellow in the picture looks like B. doriae which is one of the species with a wider tolerance.

    At the end of the day, it appears that most species will survive pretty well in freshwater, although I can't speak for long term effects as this species is naturally quite short lived. One thing that you'd struggle with, should the fish require some salt, is breeding. I know that even if they can be convinced to spawn in fresh water, the eggs inevitably fungus up.
     
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    I have a copy of Neal Monks' book on Brackish Fish.
    There is some good info on the brackish Gobies.
     

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