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Old 10-30-2013, 01:44 PM   #11
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i'm not too worried about the goby spitting sand on the corals on the sand bed.
You are worried about fish but not corals? I know of a man whose jawfish spit out so much sand that two of his corals and a clam suffocated. Granted the man wasn't around for 3-4 days but still it's a possibility.
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I had one jump with a hood- a little hole by the hob filter I had at the time. I know a rusty angel I had at the time was the culprit he was king of the tank.
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:03 PM   #13
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You are worried about fish but not corals? I know of a man whose jawfish spit out so much sand that two of his corals and a clam suffocated. Granted the man wasn't around for 3-4 days but still it's a possibility.
look, i do worry about my tank esp when i have both a plate coral and a diamond goby. but i have not seen my goby burying my plate coral at all. it's all fish personality dependent. other than plate coral, i have other corals on the sand bed, but as of today i have not seen my goby burying any of them. as matter of fact, when the goby sees the corals on the sandbed, it actually is smart enough to move away from it. i have no experience with jawfish, but last time i check they're different. i don't know others' tank setup or the space they have for the goby and the corals on the sandbed, but if you give the goby enough space, it won't spit sand right on top of the corals or clams. also, in this hobby, what works for one person will not guarantee the same method will work for others. you can call me lucky, or the fact that my goby is smart, or both, but so far, my corals are doing fine.
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:13 PM   #14
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IME anything on or near the sand bed is fair game. I can no longer keep frag plugs in/on the sand. Goby has a tendency to take them and use as structural supports for his burrow. My goby is a little larger at 5" now and you'd be surprised what he can fit in that mouth. Corals, clams and such only have a potential to get buried if they are near burrow. Otherwise they rarely get sand on them. He does dig around their bases quite a bit and I constantly have to correct their orientation.
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:49 PM   #15
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If it sifts sand it will eventually get to covering some of your corals. I cant even count how many corals I've lost because of gobies. They do their job of sifting with no regard for corals. It may take awhile but you will see for yourself.
And yes, they do jump, I had two that jumped over the years. They can jump but its no guarantee they will, just put a screen cover over the top, cheap and efficient.
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Thought this was a cool video on a plate coral digging itself out of the sand after being buried.
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they can get big. do you have any corals on your sand bed? it will cover them with sand. so you have to basically shake the sand off the corals all the time. I considered one but eventually decided against it.
I have a torch on the sand bed, but i can move it up
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