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Brachygobius sp.
Bumblebee Goby

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I have four Gobies, two in a 100 L community fresh water tank and two in 40 L brackish water tank with Spotted Puffers. I have found that the two in the brackish tank have grown quicker and seem to be more lively than those in the fresh water tank, who seem to hide and make me wonder if they are still with me. The Puffers in my tank do not bother the Gobies (then again they don't even eat the feeder fish I put in the tank) but the Gobies do keep their distance and eat scraps left by the Puffers of frozen fish I throw in the tank at feeding time. I do recommend these fish to a beginner because they are inexpensive and can add a little color to the tank, whether it be fresh or brackish.

Contributed by (no name given)
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I have had my nine Bumble Bee Gobies in a 120 liter Brackish Tank for over a year now, and they all seem fine. At the moment they are sharing the tank with 3 Figure Eight Puffers and a mixture of Rainbowfish and Platies. I find that the Bumble Bees do need their own territory like shells, small flowerpots and bog wood with hollows in it. But even then, if one ventures on to another oneīs patch, there is normally a stand off match. At the back of my tank I have a mass of Java Fern (one of the few plants I can get to grow in Brackish Water), the Bumble Bees seem to like to sit on the leaves and even take shelter in there. In most of the literature I have read it states that Bumble Bees are best in a species tank and even then are difficult to keep, but I have had no problems keeping mine with other fish even with hard water with a high pH (8.4). When I first purchased the Gobbies they would only accept live food, but over time, by mixing a bit of frozen in with the live, I have managed to get them to accept frozen Blood Worm and Brine Shrimp.

Contributed by Andy Knott
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I have had Bumblebee Gobies for a while now. I keep around 4 of them in a 75 L tank, and they do great. They tend to stay in one group rather than fight with each other. They have a fun time chasing after the Ghost Shrimp I have in there. I also added an 18 cm Dragon or Violet Goby in there, and they just ignore him. The pet store I bought the Bumblebees from must have been feeding flake food, because thatīs all they seem to like. I began with the Bumblebees when I was around 13 and I'm 15 now. I would recommend them to people who have at least some experience with fish. It would help if you read a little about them.

Contributed by Leif Boman
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I've had my Bumblebee Gobi for about 2 months now it seems to be doing fine. It is an active little creature who hops around the tank mostly eating flakes, a mix of beef heart, beef liver and shrimp etc. Also once in awhile nips at an algae pill. I would recommend him for mainly peaceful fish, but most cichlids won't eat them. Despite seeing that the Gobi won't eat flakes, mine eats it all the time with a Royal Pleco, a Blue Discus, a Frumpy Nose Pleco, an Upside Down Catfish, a Banjo Catfish and some other small fish.

Contributed by (no name given)
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I recently bought 3 bumble bee gobies as tank mates for my 2 figure 8 puffers, and so far they are doing great. I was worried the puffers would take these guys out in no time as they did to another type of goby, but I have not seen the puffers even try to chase these gobies. Like someone said in an earlier post, it may just be the coloring that keeps the larger fish away. I have them in a brackish tank, specific gravity around 1.0, and they are eating good, and seem lively, and I have not seen them aggressive to each other at all. I have actually read conflicting ideas as to whether or not these little guys should be kept alone or in groups. I think it depends on the individual fish. Try a few and if they seem alright with each other, try a few more if you have the space to accomodate them. Definately a fish to have.

Contributed by Nicholas Foster
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I have just aquired four bumblebee gobies from a local pet store. They have always been one of my favorite fish ever since I worked in a pet store and came across their picture in a fish atlas. I have been working with tropical and saltwater fish since I was 12 years old and have been a hobbyist for even longer. I keep the gobies in a 40 liter aquarium with a few other fish, including a spotted puffer. They are very peaceful and have a curious personality. They are not territorial, although seem to chase each other on occasion, never in a harmful way. The other inhabitants leave them alone and vice vera. I have found feeding a slight problem however, although this may be just because they are new to the environment. I have tried frozen bloodworms, which they seem to nibble at a bit and then lose interest. They do the same to the regular flakes, although they seem to consume more than the worms. Everything that I have read contradicts everything else. Some people recommend only live foods, while others say they swear by the flake food. I think that trial and error is best for this situation; to each his own. They are the cutest fish as far as freshwater...love that grumpy face.

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