Blue Spotted Jawfish

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  1. ajhudson15

    ajhudson15 Active Member

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    Is the price tag for this fish worth it. I have been wanting one and Live Aquaria has them on sale for $79 occasionally but is the price tag worth it or would I be better of with other sand sifters and saving the money?
     
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    First, they don't sift sand. They build a small burrow and stay there.

    Second, they prefer cooler waters than typical reef tanks, so have a significantly shortened lifespan in warmer waters.
     
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    Yes I knew that required cooler temps which for me is an issue as I don't plan on buying a chiller just for one fish. Im pretty sure im talking myself out of it lol. Ill probably go with a diamond goby or something.
     
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    They are prone to disease.
     
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    If you can handle keeping your tank down to 74 ish would be fine. With no heaters I have a temperate 125g tank that keeps about 69. The jawfish is very cool. I have 2 of them in that tank because I loved the first one so much. Quickly became my favorite fish andI have a ton. The colors are just amazing too.

    Here's a good article...

    http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-03/hcs3/index.htm
     
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    blue.jpg Blue spotted jaw fish are definitely worth the price point. The one that i have has so much character with him. Always give me a chuckle when he tries to drag a rubble half of its size to its burrow. tips is have at least 3+ inch sand bed as well cooler temp water. Another is try to not add one with anemones in the tank. Learn that the hard way once before having these Beauts.
     
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    I may be in the minority here, but I would say no simply because they spend a lot of time hiding and as mentioned above they require a lower temp which may not agree with your current stock. Personally if a fish can't handle a 78 degree temp I don't want it because that seems to be the sweet spot for 99% of corals, fish, inverts that are out there.
     
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    definitely agree. I run mine at 78 so I think ill pass. I just got a diamond goby instead and love him
     
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    I've had a couple of them.
    Def would give it a try again but like said they are prone to blue spotted jawfish disease and require colder temps. Longest i had one was for 6 months. Great fish otherwise though.
     
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    While it doesn't have the color of a Blue Spot, it makes up for it with cheap cost, super durability/longevity and personality. Mine has been a near bullet proof fish who has withstood several challenges.
     
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    I have kept a blue spot jawfish for close to a year now. It has tons of personality and I see it watch me when I am near the tank. My water temp is 79-80 and haven't had an issue yet. I also have a diamond goby and prefer the jawfish way more. As mentioned a jawfish is not a sand sifter and stays in a burrow that it has made. When I first added it to the tank it would jump a lot and I would have to dig it out the overflow. As it has settled in the jumping has stopped. If you have the money I would go with the jawfish over the diamond goby. When I have company over they are always curious about what kind of fish it is.
     
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    I've had my second one for about a month love it. Pretty funny guy to watch
     
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    I did own one until it decided to make a leap out of my rimless tank, I wasn't running a chiller and it was fine in 78-79 water temp. It doesn't sift sand as mentioned already but will make several burrows in the tank if it has the room for it or at least mine did. Probably one of the easiest fish I've ever owned...it was eating day 1 and was as comfortable as some other OG fish in the system right away.
     
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