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  1. Thanks for the info Aquaholic It's all still a learning curve for me with these guys but I must be doing something right. They spawned again today for me. Definitely a nice surprise after coming home from work. Sorry for the poor quality video and pics. https://vimeo.com/149249556 I'll definitely be interested in both the brine shrimp and vinegar eels. I'm going away next week so I'll be in touch when I get back home
  2. Hi DeBree, I just posted a new thread Breeding Bumble Bee Gobies http://www.qldaf.com/forums/showthread.php?t=126720
  3. Hi Pineapples I just started a new thread about how I bred them Hopefully the link works. Breeding Bumble Bee Gobies http://www.qldaf.com/forums/showthread.php?t=126720
  4. Hi all - warning long post. I've been incredibly slack but I thought I'd better start this thread as a few people have been interested in how I bred my Bumbles. I've got my gobies in a 32L tank (Fluval Curve 32 to be exact) running both a marina i25 internal filter (that came with the tank) and an Aqua One 301F-LV internal. I don't run a heater because there is no need. I have a sand substrate, several Anubias on driftwood, some val, a few shells and three small hides. (Please excuse the algae growth) To be honest I don't know exactly what my water parameters sit at. But my ph is generally around the 7.5ish mark. Ammonia 0ppm, Nitrite 0ppm and usually a reading of 10ppm Nitrate. I add Seachem's Brackish Salt at the Thailand/Cambodia ratio of 40g/12L. I have a total of six gobies in my tank (two are definite females, two are males and the other two are unknown). They are fed primarily black worms as they are fussy eaters. Sometimes they'll eat frozen brine shrimp and bloodworms but nine times out of ten spit it out. Big girl full of eggs. In relation to encouraging spawning I literally did almost nothing. I didn't set out to breed these awesome little fish in the beginning it was just by chance that they did. I just kept them well fed and very plump and one water change I didn't add any salt (reading that the addition of fresh water can induce breeding). Within a few days I discovered my 'suspected' now proven male guarding a shell full of eggs https://vimeo.com/149130012 Despite reading several sources saying the eggs will hatch after three to fours days they hatched almost a week after being laid. I moved the shell into a net breeder in the main tank for hatching. The fry however were too small and swan through the holes in the nets. All of them ended up as food or sucked up onto the filter. Thankfully they bred for me again and this time I moved the eggs into a small 14L tank (filled a third of the way with water from the main tank) for hatching. This time round I was lucky. Almost all the eggs hatched except for a few who died in the egg. I ended up feeding the fry BBS as it was the smallest live food I could get a hold of. I lost a fair few due to the fact they weren't eating. But the ones that did thrived. They fry are now two months old and are growing bigger everyday (they are now at least 1cm long). I have moved them to a larger tank (Aqua One Ecostyle 38 with a sponge filter) which is half way filled and I'll keep adding more water gradually as they grow. The conditions I keep them in are much the same as the adults tank. I have tried to feed them crushed pelleted food and flakes but they won't take to it. https://vimeo.com/149131008
  5. Thanks gingerbeer. I'll start a new thread in the next couple of days with my setup [emoji5]
  6. I've always loved the look of the desert gobies. Are you able to point me in the direction of an online retailer that deals with other native gobies? I've been looking myself and all that I can find at most are the deserts. I'm really liking the look of both the netted-cheek goby and the black-bar goby. I'll probably end up moving on the babies when they are older as I don't have much room left for tanks so I'll keep you in mind.
  7. Thanks None [emoji4] It's always great hearing info from other aquarists. I just wish I had room to set up more fry tanks for them lol. I'm definitely interested in trying to breed desert gobies sometime in the future!
  8. I'm not a fan of mixing fresh and salt critters but exactly as None stated above. Bob's tank is purely for my daughters enjoyment only. She doesn't care that the tank isn't true to freshwater. As far as I'm concerned if she is happy and interested in fish keeping then it's worth it.
  9. Hi guys it was suggested that I post here. I have just started to breed bumblebee gobies (5 spawns already) and I was wondering if anyone has bred them to pass on any advice. I have done a butt load of research on them so I know all the basics but it's hard to find current first hand experience or Australian based for that matter in regards to breeding. In terms of species I don't know exactly which ones I have (they are from aquarium industries) but I keep them in alkaline (mid to high 7) brackish water and they are fed mostly live foods with the exception of frozen brine shrimp. Thanks in advance for any feedback
  10. Thanks Cam I'll give it a go Cheyenne he is far from stressed lol. He's such a happy and interactive little fellow. He knows who my daughter is and because of it she tells him everything all the time whilst he does his happy betta dance. (We all know that he just wants food lol)
  11. Thanks guys. The fighter tank is for my 2yo daughter hence the insanely bright colours. I'm usually one for more natural setups. Bumblebees are definitely underrated. It's so hard trying to find breeding info online that is Australian based and not just a small paragraph on the basics. Has anyone had any first hand experience with breeding them at all?
  12. Hi guys. I'm new to the forum but have been fish keeping for close to 8 years now. I use to have tanks everywhere but for now I only have the five. - 4ft (taller than standard) with an Oscar named Oosk - Aqua one eco style 32 with a veil tail betta named bob - blue planet classic 20 with a crowntail betta named Maverick and a small assortment of mixed tropicals. - Fluval Curve 32 with five bumblebee gobies who won't stop breeding. I have had five lots of eggs within the past month. - a small generic 20l housing one lot of bumblebee goby fry. Without a doubt the bumblebee gobies are my favourite little fish to keep. It is so rewarding to be able to breed these little fellas and watch them grow up. https://vimeo.com/144270563 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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