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Old 12-30-2003, 04:58 PM   #1
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Howdy -- I have a 6gal Eclipse (brackish) tank with 11 Bumblebee Gobies and have recently adopted 2 more from a friend that couldn't seem to keep them alive-- making the total population to Lucky 13. The tank has a lot of rocks in it for them to camp under/in and theres also a few plants in there: 4 java ferns, 1 banana and a hornswurt that doesnt seem to slow down, I swear that thing grows about 1/2-1" a day! Is this too crowded for the Lucky13 Bumblebees?

Below are some bad pictures I took of the hive.

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Old 12-30-2003, 05:44 PM   #2
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I think they are fine in there. They don't get very big, and eclipse systems have pretty good filtration I think
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Old 12-31-2003, 02:55 AM   #3
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Just make sure those rocks are stable. They look kinda scary from the pics :aah:
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Old 12-31-2003, 03:14 PM   #4
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The rock formation does look scary, doesn't it? Especially that vertical piece of base rock! All the rocks have grooves and notches that made them almost lock into place-- they're really stable, have no fear.

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How are you growing plants in brackish condictions? Looks like Bumblebee gobys to me, if soo then your plants are sure to die. Or your fish, either one, they dont' mix
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Cute bees...they will mix with plants if the plants have algae.They feed on algae and flakes..
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Cute bees...they will mix with plants if the plants have algae.They feed on algae and flakes..
??? They're carnivores that prefer live and frozen foods such as small worms, crustaceans, and insect larvae. I've not heard of these fish accepting flakes before, but if there are fish out there that do, they're surely the exception to the rule.
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it appears that they eat many kind of food. i saw them munching on uneaten flake food in my cousin's tank.too small for my tank...my congo will probaly gobble them up
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Sometimes if an animal is hungry enough it will eat something it normally wouldn't. Doesn't necessarily mean it is a flake food eater. Could mean that the flake is the only food available, and instead of starve, it will eat it. The fish will not thrive under those conditions.

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Old 01-01-2004, 09:05 PM   #10
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Howdy -- I have 4 types of plants in this brackish tank (1 tsp salt per gallon):

_ Java fern -- doing great w/lots of new growth

_ Java moss -- I bought what looked like a clump of mud from the LFS and have seen some new green growth from the clump since it's been in the tank. (been in there approx. ~2weeks).

_ Banana Plant -- also doing great, it sprouted a new leaf since being in
the brackish water and another one is developing.

_Hornwort -- This plant is simply unstoppable!!! It has grown from one side of the tank to the other side 3 times already.

The gobies leave the plants alone, they just like to lay on them.

I feed them live brine shrimp twice a day as they won't eat anything else (flakes or frozen brine).

These fishes are cool -- hopefully I can get them to do some fish-love so I can get more bumblebees.

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