Saturday, August 11, 2007
DOG PILE, DOG PILE
These hilarious little fish are Shark Nosed Gobys. Gobiosoma evelynae Bohlke & Robbins, 1968.
They are also called Cleaner Gobys. In the clickable link at Planet Earth, you will also see a similar Goby, called a Neon Goby, or Gobiosoma oceanops, (Jordan, 1904)
Both of these goby species will pick parasites off of other fish, & can be often seen "riding the rails", or cruising with a larger fish, stuck to it`s side, yet moving about on the fish, cleaning it.
They readily breed in the tank & have done so in mine. Both parents protect the eggs, usually laid in an empty shell.
When mine were breeding, & the eggs laid (I`ll find images later, since I now remember I have them on film) I cut a cover from a stack of blank DVD`S in half, & positioned the "egg shell" ( that`s a good one) near the tank side & covered it with the DVD piece.
Under cover of darkness the predators would try & get inside for a nocturnal omlet, but were thwarted by the protective transparent barrier. The Goby, very small in build could easily slip in & out.
When not breeding, these little fish are like little kittens, springing out of nowhere & ambushing each other in wild chases throughout the tank.
Enjoy these diminutive little rascals & be safe out there, please.