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Anyone up for some mudskipper talk?

Discussion in 'Brackish' started by Mr.Jingles, Mar 22, 2004.

  1. Mr.Jingles

    Mr.Jingles It's Aqua Live!

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    I recently discovered that mudskippers aren't as well studied as I once thought. I pressumed that the internet would have a wealth of information about mudskippers...in english at least. But it has come to my attention that half of Japan knows about these critters and only a few select scholarly or dedicated aussies. Thus, 95% of the stuff I found was in Japanese.

    So needless to say, I was wondering if anyone keeps these sweet looking critters and what kind of routines you maintain, what kind of equipment you use, what kind of mudskippers you have, what kind of food you feed, if you have any stories or pictures, or if you have any questions yourself?

    thanks for your hlep.
     
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    Despite alot of claims, they really aren't beginner brackish fish and they need quite a large tank as you'd only be using about 30-40 percent of the tank's volume for water. Roughly 40 gallons of water minimum for 4 adult individuals (they grow pretty quickly), so a 90-100g would be your best bet. In anything less than adequate space they're very hard to care for as keeping water quality up is very difficult. These are large fish (at 6") that make alot of waste and are very messy eaters. They do best at a specific gravity of 1.015 with a setup consisting of coral substrate and calcium based rock as decoration. Another thing is that housing them in anything less than a group of 4-5 is a bad idea, like tetras you need to spread the aggression about as there is definately a heirarchy between the individuals. The only kind of mudskipper you're probably going to see is the nigerian mudskipper, it's the most common and some may say the "only" available mudskipper. Feeding them crickets, whole krill, blood worms (in a bowl) and on the occasion brine shrimp.
     
  3. Max

    Max It's me

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    cdawson

    Just one more question? Isn't it true that they actually will do just fine in water of a s.g. of up to .25 as well? I'm mostly a s.w. keeper and was thinking of adding some of them along with some fidler crabs to a fuge but, my tank water is usually between .24 and .25. The people at my LFS told me that they should be fine and they had kept them like this for years? Just wondering if that was so because if not I'll make other plans.
    thanks
    chris
     
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    nope that's way too high, the highest I'd go with them is 1.020 and only for a very short period of time. An LFS is the last place to get info for brackish fish, they are hard to sell and they more often than not literally make info up in order to make a sale.
     
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    Max It's me

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    That's why I asked here thanks cdawson
     
  6. Mr.Jingles

    Mr.Jingles It's Aqua Live!

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    so other than the large tank and calcium based substrates, is there really anything that needs to be specific to keep these kids?

    sometimes people on AC exagerate what people really need to keep a certain fish to pretty much make sure the person does the right thing to make their fish happy.
    So I was wondering if a 50 gallon would work. Ive been trying to get as much info on the fish as possible and have read that they spend 90% of their time on land. So although the fish would have billions of gallons to swim in where its from, it seems that 40 gallons of water is a bit steep for these critters in the aquarium. Also, Ive read that they are very hardy and can tolerate varying extremes of salinity (1.005 - 1.020). The major problem posted was keeping ammonia levels down. I read about mangrove trees and their ability to suck all those toxins, including nitrates, out of the water, so I was thinking that keeping the toxins down would be easy. what other water quality problems would there be?

    so does any of this information Ive read have validity? am I just reading a bunch of crap?

    I understand that these aren't beginner fish for brackish, but wouldn't you consider most cool fish "not beginner fish"?
     
  7. Mr.Jingles

    Mr.Jingles It's Aqua Live!

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    also, can you answer the rest of my original questions?
     
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    It just happens that the more "cool fish" are the hardest to take care of and keep healthy in an enclosed evironment for a long time.

    to answer your questions from before I dug up this old post from another board I compiled from a couple responses I made on mudskipper care

    I hope this helps.
     
  9. Mr.Jingles

    Mr.Jingles It's Aqua Live!

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    yeah...it just confuses me.
     
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    why does it confuse you?
     

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