Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 06-08-2008, 09:42 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
CluelessInNY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: 20 minutes northwest of NYC
Posts: 187
Feeding My Goby

I was told at the LFS that my Yellow Watchman Goby can eat just about anything...including algae and the sinking Hikari food pellets I use for my Clown. But as I read more and more, it seems the consensus is that the goby is a carnivore that should be fed TWICE daily.
I have NO idea how to add brine shrimp or thawed seafood into my tank. Am I making this more complex than I should? Am I simply dropping tiny bits of thawed shrimp in front of his cave? Also, if I drop this food a little further out of his dwelling, will this coax him out more? He seems content to sit in the cave created by the LR and come out only to feed. He's been in there over two weeks now and just hides all day long
Anyway, how do you physically feed the meat to this fish? What do I buy and where?
__________________

__________________
...No seriously, I don't know what I'm doing.
CluelessInNY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2008, 10:18 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
pat8you's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Woodbridge, Va
Posts: 1,802
Send a message via AIM to pat8you
Your LFS will have frozen mysis and other meaty foods frozen. Just thaw them in some water and dump it in the tank. Just be careful about how much you add cuz it can foul you water if there is to much left over they don't eat. Chances are some will get down by him and he will shoot out and grab a few pieces and jump back in his home. It just take some fish longer to get used to the new tank. I would give him another couple weeks. Some fish are just shy.
__________________

__________________
Pat
pat8you is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2008, 11:18 PM   #3
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,244
It`s been said that soaking food in garlic will help stimulate feeding. You might want to try some of that Pat suggested and soak it for a few minutes in garlic oil. Some folks swear by it.
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2008, 11:32 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
CluelessInNY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: 20 minutes northwest of NYC
Posts: 187
Thanks guys. It's astonishing how talking to one guy in the LFS can get you a completely different story from another guy. I think it 's great that this forum has so many people who actually know what they are talking about and care about strangers in need of information Thanks guys!
__________________
...No seriously, I don't know what I'm doing.
CluelessInNY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2008, 01:11 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: not here anymore
Posts: 5,338
Quote:
Originally Posted by melosu58 View Post
...You might want to try some of that Pat suggested and soak it for a few minutes in garlic oil. ...
Don't get confused with melosu's comment about "garlic oil" and think this is the garlic infused oil you buy in the supermarket. Garlic extract (not oil) is often used to stimulate feeding and it is reported to improve the immune system, and you can find various brands of it at your LFS.
__________________
Kurt_Nelson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2008, 11:01 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 145
Ive seen my friends dad put some shrimp or feeder minnows on the end of a metal wire and actually dangle it in front of their goby. it was pretty neat to watch him tear it off.
__________________
chris127 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2008, 07:38 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
CluelessInNY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: 20 minutes northwest of NYC
Posts: 187
Hey guys I just bought some Mysis Shrimp (did I spell that corroectly?) I thawed them in a cup and dropped in a whole cube's worth and quickly realized the mess I'd made!!! There was a vortex of shrimp floating all over my tank!!! AHHHHHH!!! I netted most of them and let the rest float around to the bottom.
I have two questions:
1) my clown ate like two of them! Was that bad? She ate two that seemed also as big as her head
2) my hermits are eating them, but I haven't seen the goby come out to grab one yet. Do I need to feed them to him directly?
I see a cluster of uneaten ones and one of my hermits is having a field day. Shold I net the uneaten ones or just leave them there?
__________________
...No seriously, I don't know what I'm doing.
CluelessInNY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2008, 11:45 AM   #8
AA Team Emeritus
 
roka64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
Did you try the garlic?
You want to put enough in there so that the food is eaten within 2 minutes or less. The crabs and bristle worms will pick up the rest. I like to soak my food in garlic, selcon and zoe.
Here is a little info on the garlic:
Garlic: What has been Studied Versus What has been Claimed by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com
There you go Mike, another link for ya!
__________________
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Articles
Acronym List

--Scott
roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2008, 12:15 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
CluelessInNY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: 20 minutes northwest of NYC
Posts: 187
ROKA, seems like that article leaves the door open to debate about garlic extracts. Seems it's not been studied properly. Funny that it mentions online message boards as one source of reported results
So do you add a drop of extract to the Mysis as they melt in the cup? My goby is really very timid, but comes out when I leave food pellets at the doorstep of his cave. I found it odd that the shrimp floated bby and he didn't lunge at them.
__________________
...No seriously, I don't know what I'm doing.
CluelessInNY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2008, 02:32 PM   #10
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
Add 2 drops of Garlic Xtreme to the thawing mysis and stir it up.
__________________

cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
feeding, goby

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
orange stripe prawn goby (randall's goby) feeding question lekker11 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 01-11-2010 01:24 PM
feeding engineer goby Mephistopheles Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 5 04-19-2007 06:21 PM
Two Spot Goby Feeding FloridaFinFan Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 06-23-2006 10:15 PM
goby feeding mp3z24 Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 3 04-17-2006 02:19 PM
feeding new goby steve r Saltwater Reef Aquaria 11 12-21-2004 07:56 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.