Advise on Gobies

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  1. Yianni

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    Hi everybody

    Would like to add Gobies in my tanks, need help on quantaties, if they will be compatable with each other and there main function will be to stir up my sand bed, i know some of them which i have chosen are not going to stir up the sand, but i like to add them.

    REEF TANK 1 consists of sps, softies, anenomes and non aggresive reef fish,cleaner shrimps, size is 4.0m length and 1.2m wide and i would say 70% rock at the bottom, sand is av 5 to 10cm deep. In total between 6 and 9 gobies.

    Whiteray shrimp goby (STONOGOBIOPS)one or a pair or not at all.
    Neon goby (GOBIOSOMA OCEANOPS)one or pair or not at all.
    Yellow clown goby (GOBIODON OKINAWAE)a pair or not at all.
    Randalls shrimp goby (AMBLYELEOTRIS RANDALLI)one only or not at all.
    Orangespotted shrimp goby (AMBLYELEOTRIS GUTTATA)one or not at all.
    Wards or Tiger sleeper goby (VALANCIENNEA WARDII)one or not at all.


    REEF TANK 2 consists of sps only more on the aggresive fish angels etc size is 2.5m length and 1.6m width,and 50% rock at the bottom and sand depth 10cm to 15cm.
    In total 4 to 6.
    Blackray shrimp goby (STONOGOBIOPS NEMATODES) one or pair if not at all.
    Neon Goby (GOBIOSOMA OCEANOPS) one or pair if not at all.
    Spottail or Mettallic shrimp goby (AMBLYELEOTRIS LATIFASCIATA) one only or not at all.
    Orangespotted sleeper goby (VALENCIENNEA PUELLARIS) one only or not all.

    I am avoiding Valanciennea strigata because they say they like to carry the sand in the mouths and ends up on top of corals.

    Your advise and your suggestions will greatly appreciated, if you may wish to add certain goby which you recommend thats not on my list please do so.
     
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  3. dallasg

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    nice list,
    Randalls shrimp goby (AMBLYELEOTRIS RANDALLI) pair with pistol shrimp are awesome

    also look at adding valencia sexgutta, they sift sand but dont swim with it
     
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    Thanks Dallasg, so you would leave the list as is, as for the valencia i just have heard and just read the thread now between the goby and shifting star not many people have nice things to say about these gobies .What is the scientific name for Diamond goby
     
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    Orange spotted goby

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    Valenciennea puellaris
     
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    @Yianni, @Helga had a very nice sand sifting goby, cant remember the name... was white with pink dots, this goby also paired with here pistol shrimp
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i have about 4 of the V. Sexgutta and not one sifts the sand over corals, you thinking of Valenciennea strigata

    also look at
    Elacatinus puncticulatus - can be a parasite cleaner
    Signigobius biocellatus
     
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    valencia sexgutta or Valenciennea sexgutta, cnt seem to find a pic on line can someone post a pic. Is he similar to the diamond back goby?
     
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    Valenciennea sexgutta
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    shot guys now i know what to look for at the LFS, the pics defer which is the correct one the plain white with blue dots or the one posted by the fish
     
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    the one i posted is also called the six spot goby. got the pic of the web.
     
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    this is the Valencia goby. Valencienna Helsdingennii
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    @Express Reef, it died i think, her pistol shrimp paired off with watchman goby but this guy just parks off doesnt do much sifting.
     
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    Thanks i got this one on my list
     
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    Yianni Thread Starter

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    Thanks dallasg, my mistake not reading your message properly, i will definitely look into the other ones you mentioned, just one more thing you say you have 4 V.Sexgutta in one tank i pressume so that means i can go for two instead of one
     
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    yes and none of them were paired or from the same shop
     
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    Ok thanks dallas and everyone will start planning ahead with order.
     
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    I have had most gobies and if you keep one of each type and vary the sizes, then there are rarely any issues.
    With coral sps gobies,if there is enough stags for them to escape any territorial issues then they are always a great addition to a reef aquarium if they can get on with your acro crabs.
    A weak night light stops potential fighting with acro crabs.
    This a not well known gobie that we find here from time to time, a mate has this one, after I tried out most of what I could think of to see how it lives, eats and its over all life style with in an aquarium. The first of only four that we have seen.
    http://southeastqueenslandm.aforumfree.com/t1617-austrolethops-wardi-nudey-goby-found-near-brisbane-in-seq#6731
     
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    Hi guys just came across these gobies at the LFS and they look very simialr to the pics posted as V.puellaris and v. sexgutta above. Id like to know if these guys are water column spitters or ground dwelling.

    Are these safe to add as a pair or do they have to be mated. They seem to want to get to each other from other side of glass The one in the tank with the "male" is hiding against the edge of the waterline so im assuming hes afraid of the "male". The "male" seems to chase the other one in the same tank if he gets to close to the "female" next door. Suppose they are not a pair will they be troublesome if i add both.

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