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Old 02-01-2012, 01:55 AM   #1
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Newbie! Need help with compatability

I have a ten gal with filter and just started stocking two weeks ago, I got a betta and two bamboo shrimp that are acclimated as far as I can tell. I had been waiting for the LFS to stock some neon tetras for a week and a half and went there today to check for them but they had to send them back
So while I was there I noticed the bumblebee gobies and asked about them. The lady said they would be fine with my other fish, I've already got them in the tank together and so far my betta is the only one trying to nip them. What do I do!?
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I have a ten gal with filter and just started stocking two weeks ago, I got a betta and two bamboo shrimp that are acclimated as far as I can tell. I had been waiting for the LFS to stock some neon tetras for a week and a half and went there today to check for them but they had to send them back
So while I was there I noticed the bumblebee gobies and asked about them. The lady said they would be fine with my other fish, I've already got them in the tank together and so far my betta is the only one trying to nip them. What do I do!?
Hi and welcome!
You have two problems with the gobies.
Some bettas do not like tank mates. Chances are if he's already picking on them its not going to stop. Also bumblebee gobies are brackish and shouldn't be kept in freshwater. I'd advise returning the gobies and waiting until they have neons and your tank is fully cycled.
Here is a link in cycling and tank maintenance.
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Hi and welcome!
You have two problems with the gobies.
Some bettas do not like tank mates. Chances are if he's already picking on them its not going to stop. Also bumblebee gobies are brackish and shouldn't be kept in freshwater. I'd advise returning the gobies and waiting until they have neons and your tank is fully cycled.
Here is a link in cycling and tank maintenance.
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Thanks for answering! I actually just transferred my tank of two years so the bb was still viable, I get clear readings. What little I could find about bumblebees is that they are the ones I have to watch for nipping. So far they are leaving each other alone, but as soon as Falcor gets a rip in his fin they are gone. I just found out about the brackish water thing after I got them home. I add the minimum aquarium salt for a freshwater tank, do you think it'll be enough to keep them comfortable? They were in freshwater at the store.
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Are the stripes on the bumbles solid black all around their bodies? Or do they break up a bit and get a lighter color in some spots?
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http://www.aquarticles.com/articles/...ee_Gobies.html
Sorry I forgot the link. Check this out. It might help you a bit.
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Thanks for answering! I actually just transferred my tank of two years so the bb was still viable, I get clear readings. What little I could find about bumblebees is that they are the ones I have to watch for nipping. So far they are leaving each other alone, but as soon as Falcor gets a rip in his fin they are gone. I just found out about the brackish water thing after I got them home. I add the minimum aquarium salt for a freshwater tank, do you think it'll be enough to keep them comfortable? They were in freshwater at the store.
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Fresh water treatment salts are different to marine salt which is needed for brackish conditions so no it's not enough. Quite a lot of stores keep them in fresh water because they either don't care or don't know about their requirements. I have heard of people keeping them in fresh all their lives but they really thrive in brackish.
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Are the stripes on the bumbles solid black all around their bodies? Or do they break up a bit and get a lighter color in some spots?
Hello Mlani, they both have solid black stripes and are a light honey yellow. Think white clover honey
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No problem!
Fresh water treatment salts are different to marine salt which is needed for brackish conditions so no it's not enough. Quite a lot of stores keep them in fresh water because they either don't care or don't know about their requirements. I have heard of people keeping them in fresh all their lives but they really thrive in brackish.
I think this can be confusing, not what you said, but the treatment of fish at the lfs.

When my husband was looking to get an african featherfin catfish, we discovered that one lfs has them in brackish. He said that they have been raised in brackish and so would have to be acclimated to fresh. The other lfs has them in fresh and said they were raised in fresh.

I think it really depends on the lfs and their distributor as to how the fish need to be kept when first purchased, if brackish species. Of course, I think they should be acclimated to whatever conditions they would thrive in.
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Are the stripes on the bumbles solid black all around their bodies? Or do they break up a bit and get a lighter color in some spots?
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Here's a pic that may help:
Yeah that's them, I haven't seen the bellies too well but they have strong black stripes.
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I also don't want to take them back to Petco where I got them because one of the workers put them in a tank with fish ten times their size! One of my little guys was being stalked and I had to keep scaring the bigger fish away.
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Yeah! One of my bamboo shrimp just molted successfully! Everyone's still fine
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