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Old 04-26-2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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Sand sifting goby making too much dust

I just bought 2 clown fish

1 anemone

And 1 sand sifting goby .
He is very active and hasn't stopped cleaning and moving sand , shells and rocks yet .
The question is he is stirring up allot of dust ,
Should I be worried or will the dust bother the anemone or other fish ?
It seams to have my skimmer working pretty good .
If the dust is why it seams to be working well .
Why is he only focusing on the opposite end away from the clowns and anemone ?
Will he eventually clean that end of the tank?
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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Do you know which type of goby? Some tend to make a cave in one spot and stay there while others will sift through the entire tank. Just depends on the type of goby. The dust will eventually get skimmed or settle. Just give it a couple of days.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:58 AM   #3
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Do you know which type of goby? Some tend to make a cave in one spot and stay there while others will sift through the entire tank. Just depends on the type of goby. The dust will eventually get skimmed or settle. Just give it a couple of days.
The goby has yellow / orange spots .
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A pic would be great but it sounds like a diamond sleeper goby. They work nonstop all over the tank making little piles of sand everywhere. He will make several "burrows" throughout the tank. He may be avoiding the side w the anemone if the clown(s) have already hosted and they're protecting it. They are awesome fish I had one until sadly he jumped.
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A pic would be great but it sounds like a diamond sleeper goby. They work nonstop all over the tank making little piles of sand everywhere. He will make several "burrows" throughout the tank. He may be avoiding the side w the anemone if the clown(s) have already hosted and they're protecting it. They are awesome fish I had one until sadly he jumped.
That is what he is .
And yes the clowns are in the anemone ,
He is starting to get to that end of the tank but seams very cautious .
He has 3 burrows under 3 different rocks .
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This is him ,
Pretty amazing fish !
He keeps everything very clean ,
Actually I'm kinda worried he will run out of stuff to eat ,
He did end up cleaning the whole tank over time , ( 2 days )
He is very territorial avid seams to be able to hold his own against the clowns ,
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My Dragon Goby was taking pecks at the LR today. I finally got close to the tank without him getting spooked. I'm also worried about him not having enough food. I've also got a descent CUC in there. 7 Nausarius & 3 star snails along with 11 Hermits.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:27 AM   #8
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My Dragon Goby was taking pecks at the LR today. I finally got close to the tank without him getting spooked. I'm also worried about him not having enough food. I've also got a descent CUC in there. 7 Nausarius & 3 star snails along with 11 Hermits.
I only have him and 8 blue legged hermit crabs .
I started with 10 but 2 were not big enough to defend them selves and died .
I don't want too much of a clean up crew where they have to fight for survival so until I add more fish and establish the tank more ill wait.
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This is him ,
Pretty amazing fish !
He keeps everything very clean ,
Actually I'm kinda worried he will run out of stuff to eat ,
He did end up cleaning the whole tank over time , ( 2 days )
He is very territorial avid seams to be able to hold his own against the clowns ,
These fish will eat fish foods like brine & mysis shrimp. How old is your tank? I'd recommend feeding.
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It's been cycled for about 3 months .

I just added the first couple fish last week .
Being 2 clown fish and this goby
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