Sunday, May 16, 2010

Can i put a Dragonfish in a 10 gallon tank?I cant find info on captive aquarium/special bred or? Violet gobys?

Is this even possible? heres what i have now-

1-fresh water crab - female,2-African Dwarf frogs -unknown, 1-betta-male, 1-sucker fish - unknown

id like to add a dragonfish(goby?) - but im getting conflicting information on this fish - i dont even know if its really a dragonfish or not - they look similar to some of the pictures ive seen of the violet goby- but im not sure the pictures are kinda out of focus or from a different angle than the fish ive seen.ive gone to 5 different stores that supposedly specialize in fish, and 4 said you can put 1 in a ten gallon tank, that they wont get much bigger, and theyll be fine with anything thats larger than its mouth - the 5th said i need a 120 gallon tank and that it will grow up to 30 inches? one of these guys even said that their store breeds them smaller and specifically for fresh water tanks- that they typically dont reach more than a foot long ? (i dont understand that though) please help - i dont really wanna kill one just to see.

Can i put a Dragonfish in a 10 gallon tank?I cant find info on captive aquarium/special bred or? Violet gobys?
violet gobys mainly occur in brackish waters rather than freshwater, so not only is your tank too small (they get to about 24"-30" in the wild, more like 14"-16" in captivity), but it's the wrong water type!

below is a profile.

also, your crab, crab's aren't usually completely aquatic and need land to get out on.

and i'd ID your suckerfish, there's very few who can live in a 10 gallon happily, and if you've got bad luck and got a Chinese Algae Eater or Golden Sucking Loach, they're vicious little buggers and will attempt to eat your betta or frogs over any algae.
Reply:It's probably a Violet Goby,and what Carrie says is true,they get very large and very predatory. By the way here's a simple rule to go by:Never buy a fish from someone who can't give you the Latin(taxonomic) name of the fish. If they have to look it up in a book,be careful,and if they can't look it up in a book,leave! If one of the 5 stores that you visited could have given you the proper Latin name,you could have easily found your information on the net with a simple web search. If the fish is a Violet Goby,Gobioides broussonetti, it's adult length is 50 cm.,almost 20 inches.------See how difficult it is to get good information from someone who has something to sell?--- One other item,the Violet Goby lives in brackish water,it can survive in fresh water or full marine saltwater, but to thrive, it's habitat should be brackish.---------PeeTee----- Try a websearch with the Latin name of the fish and see what comes up.
Reply:When I think of Dragon fish, I think of many different fish. A lot of fish are dubbed Dragon fish. I am not quite sure which one you are referring to. If it is a a Violet Goby, which is indeed sometimes called a dragon fish, do not put it in with other fish. They are a huge fish, sometimes reaching two feet. They also eat other fish, and may even eat your frogs. They are a solitary fish. The violet goby is sort of like an eel in appearance. If this is the fish you're thinking of, do not put it in your tank. One, because it's too small of a tank, and two, it will eat your fishies.
Reply:Good for you for doing your research first!

Your goby will outgrow the 10 gallon. These get to be almost 2 feet. I'd use a 55 gallon, minimum, for them. Depending on the type of sucker fish you have, it will probably out grow your tank as well unless it's an otocinclus catfish. Plecostomous (at least most of them) get between 5 and 18 inches. If it's a Chinese algae eater, I'd get rid of it altogether - they only eat algae as babies and as they get older, develop a taste for the slime coats of their tankmates - harrassing them even to the point of killing them.

Dragon goby and violet goby are just different names for the same fish, so this explains why they look alike! Don't believe everything you hear in pet stores - most are out to just sell you something. Many don't even train their employees about what the animals are, what they need, or how to care for them. A good way to evaluate how much the people know is to do research on a few fish yourself and ask them a question when you go in. Good answers (or lack thereof) can be very enlightening!

Here are a few websites on your goby:
Reply:only for now they get big i have a 15''
Reply:yas i guess i did it yesterday

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