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Old 01/10/2008, 11:53 PM
Mavrk Mavrk is offline
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hi fin goby question

I got a Hi Fin Red Banded Goby (Stonogobiops nematodes) on Sunday and he is still hiding in his burrow. I was wondering how long it takes for them to feel comfortable and come out more often.

Also, is there a way to encourage them to move to a different spot. The place it chose is not terrible, but is not ideal either. I don't want to stress him now, but I was thinking about trying to get him to move later.
Old 01/11/2008, 03:28 AM
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I'd give it more time. Most new fish that are shy (such as this) will take time before they get used to seeing you and whomever else walking around the tank, as well as other inhabitants.

Don't try to get him to move to another spot, it will only make matters worse with more stress, and even delay him from coming out into the open.

Just make sure you drop some food in front of his burrow during feeding time and he will eventually start to come out more.

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Old 01/11/2008, 04:17 AM
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Mine was always kind of reclusive even though the tank had no other fast swimming fish in it.

Just the nature of the speices IME

They are a cool little fish. I wish myself they came out more.
Old 01/11/2008, 04:17 AM
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They rarely swim around outside the burrow. He may hang around or just poke his head out. Is t eating?
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Old 01/11/2008, 11:47 PM
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It is eating fine. I have been spot feeding outside the burrow. I can see a little bit into the burrow and sometimes I catch a glimps of it. Sometimes it comes out a little to eat.

I would not think of trying to get it to move any time soon. I was just wondering if it is possible to do. The spot is not bad if he decides to come out the front instead of the back, so I always spot feed to the front I have seen it go out the back a couple times. I don't mind if he sits out of the burrow and does not swim around (I don't really expect it to swim around, but I have seen some that will come swim around during feeding time). In fact, I'd be happy if he sat outside his burrow for longer during feeding time.

I know it takes time, I was just wondering about other's experiences. Thanks for the replies. I'll keep you updated.

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