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Old 07-29-2003, 11:31 AM   #1
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Catalina Goby

I can't seem to find these guys anywhere are they rare or something? from what I've read they are pretty common.
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Old 07-29-2003, 12:06 PM   #3
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You should be aware the Catalina gobies are a colder water fish and won't do well at the tropical temps we maintain our tanks. The are best kept in a tank with other critters from their own temp range
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I wasn't referring to information, but if like you guys went down to a LFS would you find one there?
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I've never seen one at a LFS. I've always assumed that that is because they are a "specialty" item - they would need to kept in a species tank - at a cooler temperature than everything else sold by the SW LFS.
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I've seen quite a few at my LFS just recently. They were, however, housed in a tank with clowns and a goby, so I would assume that there was no special temperature being observed in this tank. Is that a bad thing? Or could they stand it for a short period of time or should they just simply not be in this tank?
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this is the downfall of many LFS'. There is little concern for the specific needs of the fish they cary. Their concerns are to "display and sell". Those fish should likely not have been in that tank. Or if the temp was right then the clown and goby should not have been in that tank.
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Hmmmm, I too have heard and read that these cute little fish can only be kept in cooler water, but personally I have had great success keeping them in tropical waters as long as the temperature doesn't reach much over 78 degrees. I presently have 5 in my store right now. I have had these fish in the store for 3 months now. They are housed in a tank with a lot of calaurpa two red headed gobies and one baby bangaii cardinal. All the fish in this tank are getting along reasonably well, although the catalina gobies bicker amoung each other, I haven't seen any damage too their fins.
I am not sure if these are rare fish or not , but I rarely see them on our lists that I get from my suppliers.
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but personally I have had great success keeping them in tropical waters as long as the temperature doesn't reach much over 78 degrees.
Just curious as to whether you have any idea as to their longevity at these temps? I would think the higher temps (they are from waters that rarely get over 72*F), would be more of a chronic stressor that would severly shorten lifespan, and increase likelyhood of disease, rather than kill quickly.
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I am not sure just exactly what the life span of a catalina goby is. I have had in the past three of these cute little fish in a three gallon reef and the lived for about three years. If their life span is longer than three years than the higher temps did indeed shorten their life , but , I am not sure. More investigating may need to be done about this issue. Anyone else reading these messages have any idea?
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