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Old 05-02-2006, 08:01 PM   #1
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Green Chromis Picking on Green Clown Goby

Hi everyone. I have a 29g with 40+ lbs lr and the tank is doing great aside of a green hair algae issue. (now using RO/DI)

I have had a little green chromis about just shy of an inch for about 4 or 5 weeks... my husband bought him just after my cycle completes.

2 weeks ago I bought a awesome little Green clown goby! He is great!

But I noticed him becoming much more shy and hiding a lot. The only other thing I have in this tank besides a clean up crew is a small pep. shrimp.

After watching during feeding time yesterday I noticed the chromis running the goby back behind the rocks... every time he came out for food, again, he would chase him back again.

So I will remove the chromis tomorrow, as I don't have a sump, return him the the LFS.

Will the Goby come out more once the bully is gone? Do I need to do anything like move rock etc... to encourage him being more public?

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Old 05-02-2006, 08:13 PM   #2
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I would take back the chromis because they can be bullies to smaller fish. I know i had 3 of them and 2 of the 3 would pick on the smallest one relentlessly. They are a type of damsel, which are known to be aggressive, so i would say yes take it back.
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Chromis are generally doctile? The clown goby is not really a active fish and tends to hang out in rock etc. No need to do anything. If the chromis was the reason it hid he will come out on its on.
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Most chromis are the mild mannered but they are still just damsels as mentioned. Same as clowns. It's not so uncommon to get a bad egg.
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I've heard chromis is very peaceful. Even tho they are a type of damsel, they are consider one of the only peaceful damsels there are. I have a 1.5 in. green chromis. The first day i added him, my clowns, who are about 1 in. in size, chased him around Your goby is probly TOO shy so the chromis sees the oportunity of picking on anyone it could lol
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Yes, I was shocked really... I have had Green Chromis in all of my tanks in the past and they got along with everyone... soooo I don't know.... I'm going to chalk it up as the "Bad Egg" theory I think.

Gives me more room to add those 1-2 last fish I guess.

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