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So for some reason I’ve tried twice to keep a orange watchman goby ,
Been fine , made a bloody mess but did ok ,
But can’t seem to keep them past about 6 months ,
I do want and need a goby in the tank for sifting reasons so any ideas on what is the best choice , maybe having two that don’t sift sand like nutters but get along together ,
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I have had a chalk goby for a few years similar behaviour as an orange goby.
is the goby just losing weight and going skinny? If so could be internal worms, quite common

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Esha ndx I can recommend for internal worms from my freshwater experience…
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I have had a chalk goby for a few years similar behaviour as an orange goby.
is the goby just losing weight and going skinny? If so could be internal worms, quite common
Yeah sounds about right , loses weight and goes skinny then dies .
No other fish effected though just the goby .
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Yeah sounds about right , loses weight and goes skinny then dies .
No other fish effected though just the goby .
Dave
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Yeah sounds like Internal parasite, might be worth asking when you buy another if they have been treated for worms before purchasing.

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Reply #5

Yeah they always seem to come in with worms.  I use three rounds of the higher dose of Sera Tremazol in quarantine before adding them to the tank.

They are a delicate fish though anyway, they also get spooked easily and injure themselves.  :(
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Does this apply to blue cheeks too? I would by default have quarantined for a month before putting in tank, so I could treat first anyway.

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Does this apply to blue cheeks too? I would by default have quarantined for a month before putting in tank, so I could treat first anyway.

Yes unfortunately, luckily Sera tremazol is easy to obtain and use
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Thanks @ajm83 when quarantining, should the quarantine tank have a layer of sand in it, and if it does, should that be sand removed from display tank, given that it'll have stuff to eat in it for the gobies? I'd have to quarantine both gobies for a month in a 2' square tank.

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I did, but more to make them comfortable than for food tbh. I used a bunch of PVC 'tees' to act as caves for mine to hide in.

Food wise I've been lucky and all mine have taken mysis within a few days

Word of warning, they are very very jumpy!! I lowered the water height as I lost 2 puellaris by then jumping into the lid and hurting themselves 😔
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Well the blue cheeks have been in quarantine around a month. I've done two Tremazol sessions with 80% water change after, you did three, was that necessary?
Also, I don't really want to stress them out, but is it recommended to do a prophylactic copper treatment also?
They are very shy and only come out of their tubes when they think I've put food in, so it might be difficult to see them to see if there's whitespot.
I want to give them the best chance of surviving especially as I have a sand bed too, so if you recommend a third Tremazol session, I'll do it, and if you think I should, a copper power trteatment for a couple of weeks too?

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Well the blue cheeks have been in quarantine around a month. I've done two Tremazol sessions with 80% water change after, you did three, was that necessary?
Also, I don't really want to stress them out, but is it recommended to do a prophylactic copper treatment also?
They are very shy and only come out of their tubes when they think I've put food in, so it might be difficult to see them to see if there's whitespot.
I want to give them the best chance of surviving especially as I have a sand bed too, so if you recommend a third Tremazol session, I'll do it, and if you think I should, a copper power trteatment for a couple of weeks too?

Nice job 👍

In theory two treatments is enough as the first gets the adults, the second gets any newly hatched eggs (as long as you did them 7 days apart). Can't remember now but I probably did three either I was being a bit paranoid or cos i cocked the number of days between the treatments up. I really don't think it's necessary unless you're seeing signs of infection (stringy poo, lethargy,  scratching on rocks, yawning).

Gobies are naturally resistant to ich but can pass it on to other fish.  They are not sensitive to copper so I'd personally do 2 weeks just to make sure then get them in the display.

About the shyness,  mine was a lot more comfortable in the display than in the quarantine, guessing that more hiding places meant it felt safer 🤷‍♂️

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