Unknown Goby ID, Any Help?

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Unknown Goby ID, Any Help?

Postby MrWalleye » Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:56 pm

Hey guys, I'm new to the Forum just as new to goby keeping. I've been very interested in freshwater gobies for quite a while, so when I saw someone selling one on Facebook, I just had to leap at the chance. There is relatively little information I have found about the fish online so I was hoping one of you guys could aid me in some tips and what type of goby he (or she) really is.The previous owner could not identify it himself besides linking me a picture of an Orange fin Stiphodon and saying that it looked similar to it at times, but I'm thinking that its not the same type of fish as the markings and colours don't seem to match with pictures I've found online. Hope you guys can help!

Best picture:
http://imgur.com/cl21KOH

Video:
https://youtu.be/8EdlaqYeVtg
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Re: Unknown Goby ID, Any Help?

Postby Diana » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:05 am

Female Gobies in this group all look similar. No noticeable color details.
Males can have more color, but sometimes only when they are getting ready to breed.

Care for most are similar, so I would average out their care, and feed well to encourage them to develop breeding colors.
A tank with some hiding places, rounded rocks and 'fallen logs' that can be found in fast running streams will make a nice set up. Water temperature at the cooler end of tropical fish range would be good. Somewhat softer water, GH and KH in the single digits, pH about neutral will probably hit the target well enough for most species.
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Re: Unknown Goby ID, Any Help?

Postby MrWalleye » Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:12 am

Thanks so much for the tips! I seem to have some of the basics but ill try and tweak the tank a little bit more for its liking!
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Re: Unknown Goby ID, Any Help?

Postby odyssey » Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:36 am

MrWalleye wrote: Hope you guys can help!


Hi MrWalleye.
I think that your goby dosen't seems to be Stiphodon genus.
It resembles following Sicyoputerus very much.
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=19110&start=60#p194340

https://youtu.be/3-FL0q43SXU?t=64
https://youtu.be/ppqywqj6_s4
I am not used to English. Therefore,It is likely to sometimes misunderstand it.
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Re: Unknown Goby ID, Any Help?

Postby MrWalleye » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:08 pm

I defiantly have to agree to the similarity in some of those pictures Odyssey. Seeing that my inexperience with the fish mislead me, how does the Sicyoputerus differ from the Stiphodon in terms of keeping, food and size?
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Re: Unknown Goby ID, Any Help?

Postby odyssey » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:26 am

MrWalleye wrote: how does the Sicyoputerus differ from the Stiphodon in terms of keeping, food and size?


Hi!
You will understand size of Stiphodon and Sicyopterus by seeing the following pages in this forum.
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=19110&sid=d9e365b321e48e04da1ef5a03fb01738#p172234

There is no difference in the eating habit of Stiphodon and Sicyopterus.
However, the quantity that they eat is proportional to the size of the body.
In the case of the individual which does not receive artificial feed, it is easy to become insufficient only in an alga to grow in a water tank naturally.
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Re: Unknown Goby ID, Any Help?

Postby MrWalleye » Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:40 am

odyssey wrote:Hi!
You will understand size of Stiphodon and Sicyopterus by seeing the following pages in this forum.
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=19110&sid=d9e365b321e48e04da1ef5a03fb01738#p172234

There is no difference in the eating habit of Stiphodon and Sicyopterus.
However, the quantity that they eat is proportional to the size of the body.
In the case of the individual which does not receive artificial feed, it is easy to become insufficient only in an alga to grow in a water tank naturally.


Thanks for all of the information odyssey! There is no way I would have been able to figure out anyone if this on my own. I hope he does well in my tank as he (or she) has gotten me even more interested in gobies!
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Re: Unknown Goby ID, Any Help?

Postby MrWalleye » Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:38 pm

Update!

I was able to track down the original seller of the goby. I went to the store to buy some other community fish and ask if they new the gobies ID. Turns out they still had two at the store! Although one had a crippled back I bought the healthy one knowing very well I'd never see them again in Edmonton. Although the size and textures are a bit different they where both shipped and sold as Sicyopterous Cyanocephalus! I'm keeping them together at the moment as this is my only tank with algae, but if they show signs on any aggression I can separate them to one of my other tanks. Video of them grazing together:

https://youtu.be/CrA8Cu90VYo
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