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Old 07/06/2007, 01:30 PM
JCDelbeek JCDelbeek is offline
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Goby Lifespan Survey

Aloha All,

I am working on a paper on marine goby longevity in aquaria with Dr. Jack Randall. Most scientific papers appear to indicate lifespans from one to five years in the wild. This observation needs to be qualified by pointing out that most scientists appear to equate "lifespan" with "survivability" i.e. thats how long they survive until they are eaten. In an effort to ascertain how long gobies can actually "live" I would like to conduct an international survey of hobbyists via various forums in the US, Europe and Asia. This data will be combined with a similar survey I am conducting involving public aquariums.

If you would be so kind as to submit to me the following information I would be most appreciative. I would like the following information for these genera: Trimma, Eviota, Priolepis, Gobiodon, Amblygobius, Cryptocentrus and Valenciennia:

Country you live, Genus, species, years in captivity, and an
indication if the fish is still alive and on display. Please send your
replies to this sticky thread by the end of July.

If anyone has access to international forums in Europe, Asia or elsewhere, can you please pass along this request?

Many thanks in advance!

J. Charles Delbeek
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Old 07/06/2007, 05:22 PM
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Old 07/07/2007, 02:26 AM
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I would PM Paul B. He is a goby fan and tends to have fish a long time.
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Old 07/08/2007, 05:36 AM
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This one is about three years old, At least I have had him that long, the fish was an adult when I got him. He is still alive but I don't know the species or genus.
That probably doesen't do you much good though. Sorry
Paul

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Old 07/08/2007, 09:36 AM
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Name: Nemateleotris decora (fire fish)
Age: 4.5-5 years

I got him from a friend who was breaking down a tank. It was the largest fire fish I had ever seen, about 4.5" long. He sadly vanished one day never to be seen again .
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Old 07/08/2007, 09:42 AM
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I have one more picture of that gobi. Sorry I don't have any older gobies.
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Old 07/09/2007, 08:00 PM
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Name: Valencienna puellaris (Orange Diamond Sleeper Goby)
Age: 4 years

I had him for a long while and he appears to have died from natural causes.
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Old 07/11/2007, 11:02 AM
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Name: Valenciennea strigata
Age: 2 yrs, 3 months
Status: Deceased

This fish appeared to do very well for about 2 yrs, eating flake and mysis. Then it began to eat less and to show signs of malnurishment, including a sunken belly. It eventually died.
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Old 07/12/2007, 06:15 AM
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Re: Goby Lifespan Survey

Quote:
Originally posted by JCDelbeek
Please send your
replies to this sticky thread by the end of July.

If anyone has access to international forums in Europe, Asia or elsewhere, can you please pass along this request?

Many thanks in advance!

J. Charles Delbeek
Willing to help for the biggest German forum, but they will not post back here. Send my a reply email address to info@reefsafe.de so that I can collect information for you.
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Old 07/12/2007, 10:45 PM
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Name: Amblygobius rainfordi
Age: approx. 1.5 years

Alive in reef tank for 1.5 years; approx. 2" when purchased, approx. 2.5" now. Very active, and healthy.
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Old 07/13/2007, 05:00 PM
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Charles,
I've kept a few gobies over the years and I hope this data helps:
Gobiodon histrio 4yrs 6 months.
Cryptocentrus cinctus 6yrs 9 months
Amblygobius rainfordi 3yrs 6months
Gobiosoma oceanops 3yrs 1 month

I am currently keeping:
Cryptocentrus cinctus 3yrs 1 month
Amblyeotrus guttata 3yrs 1 month
Amblygobius rainfordi 1 yr 7 months
Thanks for all you have done for the hobby,
Myles Goldfein
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Old 07/19/2007, 02:12 AM
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Thanks for the replies so far ... let's keep them coming in!

Aloha!
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Old 07/19/2007, 04:37 AM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Paul B
This one is about three years old, At least I have had him that long, the fish was an adult when I got him. He is still alive but I don't know the species or genus.
That probably doesen't do you much good though. Sorry
Paul

Genus: Gobiodon
Species: histrio
Common name:Green clown goby
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Old 08/01/2007, 06:26 PM
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Gobiodon okinawae

I've had a yellow clown goby (Gobiodon okinawae), which I purchased as an adult from an LFS, for about 18 months so far.
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Old 08/03/2007, 09:20 PM
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Thanks for posting your data so far ... but there has to be MORE people out there who have kept these genera of gobies during their time in the hobby ... I need more data please!!! :-)

Thanks!
Charles
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Old 08/05/2007, 09:37 AM
Jeffrey Porter Jeffrey Porter is offline
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Hey, Charles i mentioned this to my boss Patrick ,but i'm not sure if he heard me. If there are any species in Bermuda you want that info on, message me or email Patrick and i'm sure we could find something for you.
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Old 08/05/2007, 01:44 PM
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Thanks Jeff, but I only need info on the goby genera listed at the beginning of this thread.

To all others responding, please read the first message in this thread as to what genera and what information I require.

Many thanks to all!

Aloha!
Charles
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Old 08/08/2007, 05:31 PM
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Mr. Delbeek,

Look here http://archive.reefcentral.com/forum...5&pagenumber=1

Your thread is also on the main discussion forum (in case you didn't see it there)
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Old 08/12/2007, 11:09 PM
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Mr. Delbeek,
If you go to my red house there is a list of my Gobies and I have had many of them for years. I have 20 or so in a 100g sps/lps reef. I definately consider myself a "gobie" and datrfish freak.
Have had as many as 3 for sure possibly 4 breeding pairs in the tank at a time.
I don't have alot of "recorded data" but I am employed in the hobby so I have a good recallection and loads of personal experience with constant tanks up and running since 1988.
I would also be honored and more than happy to do specific observations for you and relay info if I can.
If this helps contact me.
MIKE PHX. Az.
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Old 08/13/2007, 11:30 AM
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Thanks Senator,

Please just post here for me if you will, only the genera I am looking for (see first message in this thread) and give me an estimate as to how long you have had each specimen in captivity.

Aloha!
JCD
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Old 08/14/2007, 11:50 AM
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Okey Dokey:
Here ya go, Tank is 100g and has been running since Apr. 05.

2 x Gobiodon Okinawae- 28 months (spawning since Acro's introduced about 15 months ago). 1 added 7 months ago and 2 more just 2 months ago. The mating female chases all three of the other Okinawae's around but seems to tolerate 1 more than the other two.
1 x Gobiodon Acicularis about 6 months.
1 x Gobiodon quinquestrigatus
1 x Gobiodon rivulatus/histrio ( not sure) 1 year.
1 x " " (in a 55 reef) 2+ years.
4 x Paragobiodon lacunicolus (2 spawning regularly now) 18 months for the pair and about 7-9 months so far for the other two.
1 x Preolepis nocturnus for 2 years. Had paired him up with a smaller "female" about 10 months ago and they were stuck to each other like glue from the start. Then 2 months after introduction the smaller fish appeared to have and Orange "egg sack" in "her" belly. She ate veraciously for 2 weeks and then just dissappeared. "He" seems to search for her now as he never really patrolled the entire tank as he does now.
I'm using he and she here based on some very general evidence and info.

HOPE this HELPS,
Mike.
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Old 09/11/2007, 01:19 PM
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Amblygobius phalaena - Banded Sleeper Goby or Dragon Goby.
Purchased from LiveAquaria at about 3" in Feb. 2004. He vanished in my tank in August 2007. I did not notice any signs of stress or poor health. I just noticed one day that I hadn't seen him in a couple of days.
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He lived in a 75G and a 210G tank. I wonder if the size of the tank matters in lifespan.
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Old 09/18/2007, 08:55 PM
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Species: Cryptocentrus cinctus
Age: almost 5 years exactly
Status: Deceased

Appears to have died from natural causes.
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Old 09/24/2007, 09:07 AM
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Had a clown goby for about 2.5 years, recently just disappeared.
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Old 10/06/2007, 10:56 PM
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I had a pair of green striped banded gobies for 1 year, it's mate now missing at 1.5. Green striped are one of my favorites as they have great personalities and are extremely fun to watch. Other gobies include citron, black, and a pair of masked gobies. I have had the masked gobies for about 1 year and they are great and swim in the water column.
 

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