View Full Version : Fish that shoots gravel out of its gills?
03-26-2009, 04:36 AM
My daughter and I spent some time admiring the 700 gallon reef tank at my lfs tonight ("See Nemo Mommy? See! See!"). We saw a long cylindrical shaped white fish with pale pinkish stripes that would take a huge mouth full of the gravel/sand in the tank and the spit it out on either side from what looked like his gills. It was a spectacular site to see and elicited alot of questions from my 2 year old about the fish eating "dirt". Unfortunately I couldn't answer her because I had never seen anything like it. I googled a bit but can't seem to ID the fish and I did not have my camera with me at the store. Any ideas?
03-26-2009, 04:49 AM
could it be a sandsifting goby? i had one, he spent every single second he would grab sand, shoot it out, repeat
03-26-2009, 04:50 AM
Sounds like a goby to me... try a google search for these and see if it looks like your fish!
Pink Spotted Watchman Goby --> Cryptocentrus Leptocephals
Pinkbar Goby --> Cryptocentrus Aurora
03-26-2009, 05:02 AM
Thats surely a goby, check these out maybe you can find the fish here:
03-26-2009, 04:02 PM
Ahh, thank you all! I believe it is a Watchman Goby (Cryptocentrus Leptocephals) Very fun fish to watch!
03-26-2009, 09:21 PM
This is my Diamond Goby and I agree that they are fun to watch.
03-26-2009, 09:29 PM
darn i wish they were f/w lol they would make great sub sifters haha
03-27-2009, 02:00 AM
Thanks for the video!!!
03-27-2009, 04:03 AM
Now I can't wait to get my watchman even more. Lol
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