Gobi near the end of his life

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  1. Paul B

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    I thought I would document the life of one of my favorite fish. This gobi has been with me for I think about 12 years. When I got him he looked like the first picture. Yellow and skinny. As he grew a little I bought another one and they became inseperable. After a few months, they turned grayish brown and developed bright blue spots all over him and became almost colorful. After a few years they started to spawn and kept spawning all their life until the female died last year at about 11 years old.
    The male who is just over 4" continued to be healthy until last week when I noticed he did not come out to eat and I had to feed him in his cave. Then I practically had to hand feed him and this morning, before the lights came on, I noticed him sleeping in the front of the tank. This fish never came to the front so I knew the end was near. Today he is refusing his favorite meal of clam even if I put it right in his mouth. I am pretty sure he is also blind.
    I am not sure how long gobies live but I am quite sure this one is dying of old age. He has no paracites, torn fins or cloudy eyes and he can swim.
    Except for the fact, he is no longer eating and is sitting in the front, he looks perfect. I think tomorrow will be his last day and if I could catch him I would remove him today because I am sure the bristle worms will grab him as he becomes weaker.
    I will miss him.
    A baby
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    Teenager with his main squeeze
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    Tending the eggs
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    Middle age
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    In morning for his sweetheart
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    Early this morning hanging out near the front glass.
    This will be his last picture of him.
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    Man it's sad when a fish you've had that long passes. All the best for now and condolences.
     
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    Sorry to hear bud .... At least he enjoyed the best years of his life giving you joy for giving him a quality life .....
     
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    So sad, but you gave him a good and happy home :)
     
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    Oh WOW...:crying:..that must be heartbreaking...:crying:
     
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    Well I guess he did have a good life and after all he is a fish.
    But I will miss him. I will also have to change the way I feed because I always used to give him the best cuts of clam. Now I can just shave off thin pieces for the rest of the fish. They will eat anything but this goby got picky in his old age and I had to almost hand feed him because he got too lazy to hunt
     
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    Get yourself a new pair and make new memories :)
     
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    So sad, but you gave him a good home for 12 years!
     
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    Thanks for the link. It seems that gobies are very short lived species and I think I read the longest they studied one lived 13 years.
     
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    and those authors really know what they are talking about.
    I'll say you did a fantastic job with this fish - well done
     
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    sorry to hear, but what a lucky fish to have lived in your tank and looked after by a passionate reefer
     
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    Its heartbreak! I'm so sorry!
     
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    Its heartbreak! I'm so sorry!
     
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    Sorry to hear that wow but 12 is ripe old age hey
     
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    He died at 7:00pm tonight. I just watched him take his last breath.
    Then I autopsed his gills to see if I could find any paracites because that is the best way to tell if you have any in your tank.
    He had the gills of a teenager, who never smoke.
    His gills were in perfect shape and I could not find one gill filimant out of place or even one paracite, which is strange.
    But I know he died of old age and nothing else. There was no need to do a full autopsy
     
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    My hat off to you in respect,few people in this hobby can say they had fish for so long. my oldest fish currently is a 6 year old bi-colour angel,followed by the 4 year old regal tang,and they endured a lot. Lets hear from the others,how old is your oldest fish.
     
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    Sorry to hear, RIP goby
     
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    :crying:...I'm so sorry...:crying:
     
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