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  1. Baz

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    Hi All,

    Not new here, just never posted other than introduction.

    I have recently decided that I'm packing up freshwater and try my hand at marine. I am a planted tank / acuascape type so the corals genuinely appeal to me. From what I gathered the SPS is the obvious hard one and some LPS not that I'm saying anything is easy so don't get me wrong. I still have a lot to learn fortunately. What I do know is marine is all about patience. That's something I am not used to as with FW we always strive to have a blooming lush planted tank within 6 months.

    Anyway... I am getting a 60cm cube built. The stocking of the tank is what has me typing here actually. Gobies have always fascinated me and I will definitely add them to my wishlist. I love the small guys and the inverts so I know I am on the right track with regards to stocking such a size tank.

    My questions would be:

    1 Is it okay to keep a few different species of Gobies together?
    2 With Blennies and Gobies having similar body shapes do they go together well?
    3 Will all shrimp be fine with them?

    Then last thing. I have looked at the goby species and found one I rather like. A lot actually but I am too scared to ask if they are even available in SA and at what price. Anyone who has a Flaming Prawn Goby or seen one for sale?

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    welcome again to Masa haha. well here are a lot of people that can help you with those questions. looking forward to the tank build. the flaming prawn goby looks awesome would be cool to get those if possible. reminds me of the yasha goby and will probably also pair up with a pistol shrimp. they have a cool relationship in the tank.
     
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    Thanks hehe. I am also looking forward. Bit slow on the start but I will get there eventually.

    I really hope the goby is available locally and the pairing sounds awesome. Would love to see that actually.
     
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    Flaming prawn gobies are VERY scarce on an international scale. (as are some of the other nice gobies)
    For instance... Probably some of the first catalina gobies was imported about 3 weeks ago by Dreamreef from pretoria east... & they go for R1200 each! (worth the cost IMO)
    Most of the scarcer fishies dont get imported to ZA on a regular basis...
    Fortunately, there has been a slight increase in imports of scarcer fish lately, but you definitely pay the price.

    There are some of the gobies that can be kept together... Like clown gobies with sandsifting gobies or shrimp gobies, but not sandsifting gobies with shrimp gobies. (unless you have a large tank.)

    With blennies, you can keep for instance a midas/tailspot blenny with an algae/sailfin blenny, but not any of the blennies that look similar.

    With gobies & blennies... You can keep most of the gobies with most of the blennies, as long as they dont occupy the same type of area of a tank. (substrate / holes in rocks / midwater etc.)
    For instance. You can keep a midas/algae/sailfin blenny with any sandsifting / prawn goby as they tend to occupy different areas of the tank.


    Here are some examples of scarce gobies that ive been looking at. (check the prices) but unfortunately, i havent found any...

    Drs. Foster and Smith Diver's Den - Ecsenius opsifrontalis

    Drs. Foster and Smith Diver's Den - Lotilia klausewitzi

    Drs. Foster and Smith Diver's Den - Liopropoma carmabi

    Drs. Foster and Smith Diver's Den - Omobranchus fasciolatoceps


    Here is a Griessingeri Goby that was sold on liveaquaria.
    Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Griessingei Goby
     
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    Hi Wesley. Good to hear from you again. And thanks for the info. Definitely makes sense, so basically I need to first familiarize myself with their behavior and where they stay in the tank before I decide what to get when the time comes.

    Bummer on the scarce goby..:cursing: Guess when I actually do come across one it would be in a display tank not for sale...

    Thanks a lot!
     
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    Lol, yeah, that would be my tank...
    regards
    christiaan
     
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    Eish man.. Now I'm really jealous....

    And sorry I mistook you for someone else. My bad:blush:
     
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    Lol, no worries...
    Haha, I will be getting 2x very nice fish in January that you might enjoy...
    (A comical blenny & black sailfin goby... for my new pico...)
     
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    Now that I must see when you get them
     
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    Will let you know once I have them...
     
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    Yip those flamming prawn gobies come at one hefty price. One of the importers had one a few months back.
     
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    Then why didnt you get one for your pico... ;):lol:
    Just kidding... Yeah... Spoils the fun if you have to pay your life savings for a fish, & it there's a good chance it doesn't make it...
     
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    Any chance you have a photo of yours then? And for interest sake... What do they sell for now that I know they are expensive. :shifty:

    You know some things in life are just a must:p
     
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    Also wanna see them! :biggrin:
     
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    Only receiving mine in January... (Will post pictures when i get them)
    The Black sailfin goby is R1500 with a pistol shrimp, & the comical blenny is R800.
     
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    Shjo. It is expensive..... BUT. For someone creating a Nano tank and not having to buy the more expensive fish like exotic angels etc. it kind of justifies paying those amounts doesn't it? Been looking at the pistol/goby combo and its really awesome.
     
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    Yes, agree.
    I would rather get a pico filled with 1st class livestock than a large tank with cheaper LS because of the amount of LS you have to put in to fill it up...
     
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    One should think the smaller the fish how cheaper it must be.
     
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    Yes I guess it should in theory, but availability is the key it looks like. I think temptation is bigger than my wallet so that will save me in the case I actually get some for sale. For now that is. :whistling:
     
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