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Old 08-18-2008, 09:27 AM   #1
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Adding a new fish...

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Percula clown added first, then Yellow Watchman Goby, and lastly a Firefish.

I realize I am crowding my tank a bit, but the goby and the firefish do nothing but hide in a cave in my tank and rarely come out at all. In fact, I can go entire days whre I don't see the firefish. I am confessing that adding another fish is strictly for the purpose of being able to enjoy SEEING the fish in my tank.
What are your thoughts on adding a single blue-green chromi to the tank? Do they like to dart into caves? I am seeking a fish with a temperament more like the clown...curious, swims around all day. Will the clown have trouble with the new tank buddy?
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often times a pistol shrimp and a goby will pair up. that maybe something you can try to lure the goby out of hiding without adding to large of a bioload to your tank
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That sounds like a cool idea. Will the pistol attack my snails? What about the firefish that is in the same cave?
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I was going to suggest the pistol shrimp also.
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i am not sure about the shrimp attacking your snails, i dont think it would bother with the snails though. and as for the fire fish the pistol shrimp is friendly towards other tank mates. also i believe the firefish is a type of goby, correct me if i am wrong, so they should get along well. you could even consider getting another firefish since they get along well with there own species.
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If I`m not mistaken the Pistol cant see to great. That`s why the goby has to stay nearby so the shrimp can keep their antenae on it and feel protected. Never had a pair but that`s the way I`ve heard it anyway.
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i think the shrimp digs up food for the goby as well
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If you are looking for a fish that is out and about, skip the shrimp goby. I rarely see mine, as he hangs out in the pistol's cave.
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Hmmm, I like the idea of the pistol, but if it causes the goby to hang even more around the cave, I am not interested.
It's a shame I bought such a small set up. I would simply add more fish, but I think I am at the limit of the tank's capacity.
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you could look into getting a different shrimp such as a blood or another invert, they wouldnt increase the bioload on your tank and may still provide your tank with something more to look at
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