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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.

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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?

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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)

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Oh. Ok. But have you ever asked your daughter why there is a fake lionfish and turtle in a fresh water tank? It looks a bit funny. :lol:

[MENTION=16856]Cheyenne[/MENTION] Keep your opinions to yourself. Everyone has different tastes. As clearly stated this is a kids tank! You only joined the forum a month ago and already you are making a goose of yourself.

@Starakia welcome to the forum. A lot of people struggle to keep Bumblebees alive so you are doing well. They are great little fish. Cheers

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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?

You are obviously already doing everything right otherwise you wouldn't have successfully raised the babies. Very hard water, high p.H and salt. Good quality food and a varied diet. Keeping them in a species tank is the key to success and clearly they love their environment so well done. There are lots of native gobies that are challenging that you may like to look at down the track. If you can breed and raise Bumblebees you'd probably love the challenge of some of the tricky natives! Cheers

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Oh. Ok. But have you ever asked your daughter why there is a fake lionfish and turtle in a fresh water tank? It looks a bit funny. :lol:

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.

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You are obviously already doing everything right otherwise you wouldn't have successfully raised the babies. Very hard water, high p.H and salt. Good quality food and a varied diet. Keeping them in a species tank is the key to success and clearly they love their environment so well done. There are lots of native gobies that are challenging that you may like to look at down the track. If you can breed and raise Bumblebees you'd probably love the challenge of some of the tricky natives! Cheers

Thanks None

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!

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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?

They are not often bred, and a challenge to raise due to the small size of the fry. I suggest start a thread and tell us how you did it, as it is not a bad effort at all.

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Thanks None

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!

Hi @Starakia Desert Gobies would probably be too easy for you after your success at breeding Bumblebees :-) There are literally hundreds of species of native brackish water gobies - some similar size to the Bumblebees - some a fraction of the size - and some large that are a real challenge both in spawning and then also raising the fry. Not any people have succeeded. The colours and behaviour of many of these really make Deserts look drab by comparison (although Deserts are an interesting and attractive fish in their own right!) You should have an enthusiastic market for your Bumblebees as the imported fish are often very, very weak. Actually I just noticed you are in Townsville - well then you have a very enthusiastic market with me if you ever want to sell some! Cheers

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Hi @Starakia Desert Gobies would probably be too easy for you after your success at breeding Bumblebees :-) There are literally hundreds of species of native brackish water gobies - some similar size to the Bumblebees - some a fraction of the size - and some large that are a real challenge both in spawning and then also raising the fry. Not any people have succeeded. The colours and behaviour of many of these really make Deserts look drab by comparison (although Deserts are an interesting and attractive fish in their own right!) You should have an enthusiastic market for your Bumblebees as the imported fish are often very, very weak. Actually I just noticed you are in Townsville - well then you have a very enthusiastic market with me if you ever want to sell some! Cheers

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.

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They are not often bred, and a challenge to raise due to the small size of the fry. I suggest start a thread and tell us how you did it, as it is not a bad effort at all.

Thanks gingerbeer. I'll start a new thread in the next couple of days with my setup

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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.

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I've just started trying to breed my bumblebee gobies.. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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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

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