Diamond goby in uncovered tank?

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  1. Daniel Waters

    Daniel Waters Active Member ETRC Member

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    Anyone had any luck keeping a diamond goby in an uncovered tank? I have a cover on my tank and have had a diamond goby for over a year. No one bothers or would spook him, so I was curious if I could get away with removing the screen tops. I know it's always a gamble, but curious if anyone has had any similar experience.
     
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    How big is your tank?
    I kept one for several years in an uncovered 180 gallon. No problems. Put him in a 20 gallon uncovered holding tank. Was dried out on the floor within a week. It was very sad :(
     
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    Any stress event at all will startle the fish out of the tank.
     
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    Daniel Waters Active Member ETRC Member

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    It's 72" x 24" x 18".

    I'm not so sure it's the size of the tank that's as important as it is the goby becoming settled into the tank and not having other fish harass them. But this is just my hypothesis. Of course, availability of food is probably important, which isn't an issue in my case as the goby has a large area to sift and eats plenty of other food when I feed.
     
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    Just out of curiosity why do you want to remove the screen cover? I had a fire fish that jumped. I know they were notorious for jumping but mine showed no signs of being a jumper. I kept my glass cover off for quite some time, and he eventually did jump. Now I have a diamond goby and keep a mesh top on at all times. If you have a fine screen that is blocking light try out the clear 1/8" mesh tops.
     
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    I have a screen top in 3 sections of 24" now. I hate the look if it. I also hate having to remove them and put them back on for various reasons (cleaning / water changes, feeding). It's pretty minor stuff, but I get pretty OCD about it.
     
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    Yep, years ago I had one jump and dry up. I'm a big proponent of screens and canopies for this and keeping things out of the tank.

    Hate loosing a otherwise healthy fish because I didn't do what I should have for it. No more. It's been a screen or a canopy for years now for me.
     
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    A fish can jump out of any sized tank; I just figure the more water you have between the bottom where the goby is dwelling and the surface, the better luck you’ll have.

    I also hate the look of covers on tanks. I had glass, eggcrate, DIY mesh... the aesthetic of them all made my eyes burn. Lol

    I agree with the statement that startled fish WILL jump. I kept a blue throat trigger in an open top tank. He jumped 2-3 times. It always occurred right after lights out and if someone walked by the tank really abruptly. When I kept my big freshwater fish I also had a skittish foot long Bala shark fly about 5 feet when I opened the lids for a tank cleaning.
     
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    Yes I've had luck. I have 2 diamonds. 1 in a 75 and one in a 30. The only issue I've had was during acclamation before he was in his tank. He tried jumping out of the small 1 gallon acclamation temp bucket. I'd put a lid on for acclimating. In my experience if they have a burrow to go under, it seems to me that they feel safer if they get spooked. They both have great personalities and keep the sand super clean! Both of my gobies haven't come near the top of the tank.
     
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    I have had 2 diamonds jump and several wrasse. I will never have an uncovered tank again!!
     
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    I do take my cover off when I'm standing there looking at the tank, but cover it even if I step away for just a min. Being a nano mine is quick and easy on and off though.
     
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    I've got one in my uncovered tank. Want him? Please...
     
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    I would take him except I already have two. I love them!!

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    Don't do it! Keep it covered, for his sake!
     
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    I have my tank covered with 1/4inch netting. Lost a 4 inch diamond goby. I have no idea how he fit through the netting. Don’t do it
     
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    Mine is named “Mr. Grumpy”. The one I have now is Mr. Grumpy the 3rd. The first two jumped....then I made a screen-top from a kit purchased from BRS......I’ve had Mr. Grumpy III for well over a year now :)
     
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    They will find the smallest hole and be found on the floor... keep your tank covered the best you can.
     
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    Had a 6" - 7" Diamond Goby in my 125 uncovered. He was fine for quite some time, then found him shriveled on the floor one day after work. No idea why he jumped, if something chased him, he could have seen something on the floor that caught his eye, who knows.... BUT I wouldn't do it again.

    Yours may be fine for years, may not last a week, but inevitably it will happen.
     
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    Had a 90G for 3 years without any problems of fish jumping out. That being said it's crazy how many times I hear fish jumping and hitting the cover I have on my current 270G tank. It's pretty cheap and easy to make a cover with the DIY kit which BRS has.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. I'm not going to risk it based on everyone's comments. However, i am going to redo my current mesh screen tops with a new variation. If it works out like I'm hoping, I'll post pictures. It should be similar to the custom lids that get made with mesh and acrylic borders.
     
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