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KillerReef
08/17/2009, 03:38 PM
I am in the process of refurbishing my tank and I want to go back to having a pristine white sandbed like I did 5 years ago. Back then I had a DSB and a orangespot diamond goby (http://www.vividaquariums.com/10Expand.asp?ProductCode=01-2721-S&Category=Fish:Gobies&SortBy=Price) and it did a great job. Now after years of neglect, I have removed about 70% of my sandbed and am looking into getting one of these gobies to keep the top layer clean. Will this goby get its nutrition from the diatoms and detritus in the sandbed or strictly from pods?

sedor
08/17/2009, 03:43 PM
He should eat frozen food like the rest of the fish right?

KillerReef
08/17/2009, 03:50 PM
I would think so and that is what the sites say, but just checking. My other fish are pretty aggressive eaters and I don't overfeed, so I would be worried about him getting any.

KillerReef
08/17/2009, 03:51 PM
I'm mainly wondering if he gets any nutrition from "cleaning" the sand?

JLAURIA751
08/17/2009, 03:57 PM
I fed mine 1/4 bube of frozen food twice a day it kept him happy. cut a cube into halfs or 1/4 depending on how big the cube is then push it into the sand while still frozen. just watch out iv had bad luck they are well known jumpers, its luck of the draw Iv had 2 that never even thought about jumping out then the last one that jumped out twice died the second time. the first 2 one died from a mantis shrimp, the other was crushed under a rock. They are hardy and live for years if taken care of properly.

KillerReef
08/17/2009, 04:21 PM
Are you talking about this Diamond Watchman Goby (http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=15+31+220&pcatid=220) or this Orange Spotted Goby (http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=15+31+195&pcatid=195) ? I've heard they can be mistaken for each other(and yes I know my description up above wasn't very good). I am looking into the watchman goby. The one I had in the past never jumped so maybe I got lucky.

My canopy is open in the back so a jumper is a problem, so thanks for the heads up.
TIA,
Dave

reefscape15
08/17/2009, 04:34 PM
They will be able to get thier food in pretty much any tank situation. My old Yellow Watchman would hide in the rocks at the bottom of the tank and get most of whatever managed to find it's way to the bottom of the tank.

KillerReef
08/17/2009, 04:41 PM
Ok, so the food doesn't seem to be an issue now, but now I'm concerned about the jumping issue. Is the watchman a jumper, or just the other one in the link I posted above? Or is it all gobies in general?

Another question that just came to me regarding the bio load. Would you count one of these gobies since they seem to do more than their share of the cleanup?

reefscape15
08/17/2009, 05:30 PM
Yes you have to count them as somewhat of a bio load. Even if they are not producing a lot of waste, in comparison to the waste they remove from the tank, they are still making some wastes. Also, they are taking up a small amount of space, and using up oxygen as well. These factors need to be taken into account when trying to determine a "bio-load". As far as jumping, I'm not sure that a Yellow Watchmen and an Orange Watchmen are the same fish. My Yellow always stayed in the bottom 3" of the tank so it was never an issue with jumping for me, but every fish is different. Some will never jump and some will jump out as soon as they touch the water. You may be lucky, and I'd have to assume that the Orange Diamond and Yellow Diamond gobies are similar in demeanor.

Indymann99
08/17/2009, 07:39 PM
My Diamond watchman goby is a good worker and eats anything flake, mysis, brine, pellet, etc. He seems to get his fill at feeding time.

I have a covered tank so I have not had a problem with jumping. Although I have never seen him higher than the rock in the water column.

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