View Full Version : Sandsifting Goby?

08/14/2006, 06:57 PM
I have had three diamond goby's jump out of the tank. I have egg crate over the tank but it seems to be able to jump through the holes. I am going to cover the egg crate with a smaller mesh but don't want to cut out all of the light. I had a white goby a year ago that did great. Any suggestions on a goby that can clean sand and not jump. I know they all jump but maybe there is one that is not so likely to jump. Thanks.

08/14/2006, 07:01 PM
I would put a glass top to prevent them from jumping. Diamond Goby's in my mind are the best at cleaning the substrate.

08/14/2006, 08:09 PM
i have a sandsifting goby and it does a great job. fortunatly i have not had any problems with it jumping, it hardly even goes past the middle of the tank. it does a great sand cleaning job also... never stops sifting

08/14/2006, 08:15 PM
My goby is the most expensive fish n my tank, I've had 3 of them, the first one jumped out while I was at work and I found him on the floor, the second one thru the egg crate, landed on it and dried under the lights, my third (and hopefully final) one has been fine, I ran with the lids on for about 6 months, but after I got my MH I took the lids off and he hasn't done anything yet - he never goes higher than midway up the tank.

If you can, i say run with the glass lids on

This fish is by far THE BEST for keeping your sand clean.

08/14/2006, 09:24 PM
I have MH and have concern about corals but am going to put a finer mess on egg crate with some large areas for light to get through. I will leave the egg crate on for a month to see if the goby learns not to jump. I have seen them clean. I like the sand. Thanks for the help. I thought about a glass top but I have a corner tank and seem to be in it quite a bit. Too much of a problem to take off a corner tank glass top.

08/15/2006, 07:17 AM
My Diamond goby never goes more than an inch off the sand bed after his trip over the overflow and into my sump.

08/15/2006, 07:18 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7942774#post7942774 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by justin1977justi
My Diamond goby never goes more than an inch off the sand bed after his trip over the overflow and into my sump.


poor guy - he learned tho!

08/15/2006, 07:45 AM
Until I got my tank covered. Every sigle fish I had went into the overflow at least once. I think it was some kind of initiation. Not all of them made it to the sump, but it was still scary.

08/15/2006, 08:02 AM
lol... all i can think of is the "volcano" in finding nemo now

08/15/2006, 08:05 AM
I put a screen over the overflow and stopped the fish over the over flow problem.

08/15/2006, 08:14 AM
Go with Dragon gobies .. they sift the sand a lot... had a bunch of them.. none jumped

08/15/2006, 08:37 AM
Sorry to hijack, but how deep a sand bed do you need for a sand sifting goby?

08/15/2006, 09:25 AM
Do they eat algae in the sand, or pods in the sand?