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mac
10-19-2018, 02:32 AM
So it's been on my list of things to do for a very long time. Set up a bumble bee Gobi tank.

What is a issue for me is the the substrate. Seeing mine will be brackish would miracle reef mud work to make it look authentic enough to be a biotope for them??
And what's the thoughts on it working?

showmebutterfly
10-19-2018, 01:03 PM
I don't know anything about miracle mud, but I had a couple bumblebee gobies for a while in my brackish tank. Mine wasn't set up as a biotope though.

SalmonAfrica
10-19-2018, 05:56 PM
This could depend on the exact species of bumblebee goby you're keeping, and which environment you're trying to mimic. Yes, sometimes they're found over muddier substrates, but this isn't always the case, and in most instances isn't practical for an aquarium. Even when found in estuarine environments, some areas in this habitat could be described more as "sandy" than muddy, so you could opt for any sort of finer, sandier substrate.

I don't know how miracle mud might hold up in a display, having never used it, but by all means may be worth a shot if that's what you're going for.

mac
10-20-2018, 12:45 AM
Hey there,

A new face to the forum. Hello!! [emoji3]

This could depend on the exact species of bumblebee goby you're keeping, and which environment you're trying to mimic. Yes, sometimes they're found over muddier substrates, but this isn't always the case, and in most instances isn't practical for an aquarium. Even when found in estuarine environments, some areas in this habitat could be described more as "sandy" than muddy, so you could opt for any sort of finer, sandier substrate.

I don't know how miracle mud might hold up in a display, having never used it, but by all means may be worth a shot if that's what you're going for.Species wise that is going to be a little more tricky, seeing they will be ordered and nz importers know less than a new born baby.

So ideally it should be a common one like Brachygobius xanthozonus. I hope.

Reef mud is kinda far fetched idea. But in a way would be cool to set it up as close as possible to natural as can be.

Thank you very much for your help and ideas.

mac
10-31-2018, 05:45 AM
So revive this thread from the dead.
Half way there!

Need to go down to the river again and get some more small rocks and pebbles to make the substrate look more natural.
Add some narrow leaf Java.
And gradually add salt to the mix to get it up to brackishness to suit the bumbles. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181031/2000762376271f7dcf673b5cfdafbfd1.jpg

showmebutterfly
10-31-2018, 02:50 PM
I like it! I love the little bumblebee gobies and I'm excited to watch this tank grow.

Boundava
10-31-2018, 03:17 PM
I agree, I love bumbles and am planning a fiddler crab tank with maybe a couple of them. I had them a long time ago before I knew that they (big chain store) sold brackish fish as freshwater. After they died I learned why from a LFS owner.

discusluv
10-31-2018, 05:14 PM
Great looking, natural aquascape. I dont know anything about Gobies, it will be nice to follow along and learn.

mac
11-10-2018, 08:41 PM
Video done for the new tank.
Salinity is easy to set up and control.

Now just a matter of getting the gobies on order.

https://youtu.be/YVWB0urzs1s

mac
11-21-2018, 07:17 AM
So the bumble bees have arrived.
Acclimated them.
And they have coloured up really well.
Much better than the lps. And a lot more active than the lps.

Live foods should see these thrive.
All going well they should spawn in here no issues, apart from the possible brackish issue as in if I remember correctly these spawn in fresh water not brackish. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181121/368ffc059119c5344325f2b8657c41e8.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181121/52cdcaebf81deb2df166d39af28ac16c.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181121/0b2b24d2781c8a88e4142966ccf76757.jpg

Slaphppy7
11-21-2018, 01:22 PM
Congrats on the newbies, Mac

mac
11-25-2018, 03:02 AM
The video is finally comeplete.
As they say a picture paints a thousand words.
Any questions please ask!


https://youtu.be/9M0BtTk8kGs

mac
02-05-2019, 08:28 PM
This week tank is still going strong.
Bumbles are loving the natural sw 1-10 ration.
Keeping them fed on left over frozen foods from the main marine tank, with a mix of live.

From time to time they are happy to chase and eat the odd pellet. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190205/edf0ea10b4920318801f3b9ec97e377e.jpg

mac
05-04-2019, 01:37 AM
Thread update time.

My bumbles have spawned, and we have 1 week old fry.

showmebutterfly
05-04-2019, 01:40 AM
Thread update time.

My bumbles have spawned, and we have 1 week old fry.That is great news! I can't imagine how tiny they must be.

mac
05-05-2019, 03:41 AM
Here is how small they are.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IncBffu6SZg

Slaphppy7
05-05-2019, 01:46 PM
How neat is that. congrats Mac!

SueD
05-05-2019, 02:24 PM
Congrats Mac. I love it when I find surprise fry in my tanks. Must be even more rewarding when you've spent the time to create just the right environment for breeding as you've done. Nice job. Hoping you get lots surviving beyond this tiny stage.