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Old 11-24-2008, 03:48 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by austinsdad View Post
But they're looking for sand sifters.
Sorry I missed that. Thanks Ray.

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I did see one site that said they're sifters. The other 5 sites didn't say that. I had one once and he didn't touch the sand.

Pretty fish though. Good luck.


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I'm always a little sceptical of information given on the internet - and I was a little concerned that the sand-sifting behaviour for A. rainfordi may have been based on extrapolation from other species. However, I was more convinced after seeing this: Old Glory, Amblygobius rainfordi. This is a webpage on the Australian Museum's Ichthyology website, which would presumably have been checked by their resident goby expert Dr Doug Hoese. (He was also my PhD advisor.) I noticed in one of my books, however, that the species is associated with reefs and the silty sand around the reefs - again that suggests that particle size may be important if it's going to sift. And of course, this will also determine whether it would work as a sand sifter in an aquarium.

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bullets are sifters! I had my bullet for several months before I had to take the tank down. He was such a freakin goof!! He also got along real well with my clown, gramma and sixline
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:06 AM   #15
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thanks for the info gurus! yeah the lfs i went too also had said one of the rainford's (don't remember which one) he showed me said they'd be good as sand sifters. Well if it helps my sand is close to 2" of "depth" its the aragonites one that said on the bag "live sand instant cycling" one of those bags you'd see at pretty much every lfs. Would that common brand ( sand particulate ) be a factor for the Rainford to sift it or not? Its a pretty fish though. Imma look now more into the bullet goby check it out.!

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