Animal Stories - Tanganyikan Goby Cichlid

Animal-World Information about: Tanganyikan Goby Cichlid

The intriguing Tanganyikan Goby Cichlid is said to be one of the oldest fish species!
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ken - 2011-03-15
First of all gobies are not that hard to find on the internet and a price range is more like 4-$15.00ea. And Tangs are not that sensitive to water changes never ever had any problems even with 50 percent water change, just age the water and make sure it's within 10 degrees.

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  • KarenKlemp - 2015-04-19
    Ken - I would be interested where I could find the goby for $4-$5-. Where did you find this particular fish online for that price? I am also looking for Ocellatus Gold and would like to know of a fairly inexpensive place to buy. The pet store is raping me on prices. Thanks, Karen
Mark Smith - 2014-09-30
The species in the photo is actually Eretmodus marksmithi, and not E. cyanostictus.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-02
    I'm afraid I don't concur, as we received this picture in 2006 from Frank Schneidewind, co-author of, Lake Tanganyika Cichlids, How to keep successfully and enjoy these exceptional fish, published in 2002.

    Eretmodus cyanostictus has been known in science and by aquarists for much longer, in fact it was described by Boulenger way back in 1898. Eretmodus marksmithi, on the other hand, is a newly described species originating from the northern part of Lake Tanganyika. Warren Burgess described it in 2012.
john curry - 2011-07-09
Thanks for the in-depth info about this species. One question - this is one of the few places that I have read that these gobies are omnivores that can tolerate being fed brine shrimp. Several other sources have said that this can cause digestive problems.
I just bought some gobies for my Tanganyika tank. All other inhabitants thrive on live food - I feed brine shrimp once every three days and cichlid flakes the other two. You don't think that this will cause them problems?

Thanks! - John

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-09
    No, you shouldn't have any problems. The Animal World owners have I would think 50 years between them in experience in raising all sorts of fish, as pets and commercially and I have never found them to be in error.
    Paul Loiselle furthur writes in this article

    "Equally amazing is the sight of a goby cichlid holding position in mid-water through strenuous exercise of the piscine equivalent of the dog paddle as it snaps up live brine shrimp".