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re: Some help... Now, Clingfish        8/29/15
Mr. Neale,
A pet store owner just gave me a free fish yesterday that he really didn't want I have a 65gallon saltwater tank, with CoraLife super skimmer 65g,1 240 powerhead,
This is a octagon tank, fish tank only mmay I say... Well he had it for a year and didn't want it and it was free...(name clingfish) I took it to give it a better home and life, I know it eats algae they people really didn't know anything about it really I look it up but was having trouble finding my clingfish any help here please???
<Clingfish are members of the family Gobiesocidae. Despite looking like gobies, they're not gobies.
They're mostly adapted to living on rocky shores and reefs, hidden away from predators. They're pretty neat animals. Some information about them here:
They aren't demanding fish, but they are slow-moving micro-predators, so best suited to nano tanks kept alone or with shrimps and perhaps small gobies such as Neon Gobies, which are excellent aquarium fish.
One nice thing about Neon Gobies is that they're a lot easier to keep than their small size and bright colours might suggest.>
Clingfish is colors are gray and it looks lika a rock.
<Do need a photo.>
Can u give me any info on were this fish is from???
<Without identifying the fish, hard to say. Your biggest challenge is determining whether it's a tropical or coldwater species. Coldwater marine species sometimes get traded as "filler" alongside the tropical fish, and if kept in tropical tanks don't live long. Some of the tropical species are difficult to keep, Diademichthys lineatus in particular. So we do need a photo. Failing that, enter "clingfish" in Google Images and see if you can find your little chap.>
Thank u sincerely terry
<Cheers, Neale.>

re: Some help... (Bob, Snowflake Eel + Clingfish = ???)     8/29/15
I will try 2 sir, I just added dry live rock 2 my tank, once it all settles and I can find him ill send pic's of my tank and him...
<I'm not an expert marine aquarist. Most of the marine experience I have is with coldwater systems and I haven't kept a reef tank since the early 90s... so I'm going to direct you to the marine side of WWM. Perhaps these article will get you started nicely:
Henceforth, if you need help with marine fishkeeping, I'll direct you to Bob Fenner, James Gasta or one of the other "saltwater" crew.>
He looks not like a goby at all but more like a freshwater sucker fish...but he is full saltwater and about 3inchs long, very cool
animal...only worry now is when I order my snowflake Eel that he don't eat him...I will be setting up a nano tank for seahorse at some point and will move him if he makes it with the Eel,
<Not with the eel. The Clingfish will become dinner.>
he was in bad living conditions and I can't leave a animal like that and when they said he was free I took him... U do have my permission 2 post all talks and emails and pic's... I will be ordering from marcorocks 2 get the sand mix 2 build a skull out of it so it will sit in my tank and will be the show piece.
Im stoked about it...but I would love 2 show u pic's and let u post it.
What u will see now is just my basic idea and once I get everything in order I will be switching to a 125 gallon Coralife super skimmer and a 40gallon sump completely hindin...
<Indeed. Sounds good.>
I have about 35pound of rock about 9 pounds of seed live rock and the rest dry live rock...1 maroon clwon fish and 1 Chromis jumbo green and 1 clingfish,1 red legged hermit crab,2 blue legged hermit crads,2 turbo snails,3 bumble bee snails,9 lil brittle stars and about 50 bristle worms with a bunch of other living animals...
<Do read carefully; keeping marine fishes is not much different to freshwater fishes and really not that difficult, but keeping marine invertebrates is much harder than anything in the freshwater side of the hobby.>
I love it, and yes Mr. Neale I do know that a lot of these animals crabs are 50/50 in danger with my Eel and I will do my best 2 keep it feed so it will not eat anything...
<Not a wise approach. Snowflake Eels are specialists on shrimps and crabs to be sure, but their eyesight is lousy, and they hunt by smell. So should they bump into something at night that doesn't move quickly, and if for some reason they're hungry, they'll treat that item as food. Good companions for active midwater fish such as Damsels, but not good companions for very small goby-like creatures that sit still rather than than keep moving in my opinion. Cheers, Neale.>
re: Some help... (Bob, can you ID a Clingfish?)<<I'll try. B>>     8/29/15

First 4 are my saltwater aquarium octagon tank...
First 1 on the rock is the cling fish...
<Yep, that's a Clingfish.>
This last one 55 gallon long tank is wife's freshwater tank with 2 African clawed frogs all live plants,
<Cool animals and a nice tank for them!>
I bought this 4 her as a b-day gift one frog is mine the albino frog is here's ...
Tell me what u think Mr. Neale.
<I think you've got a challenge there with the Clingfish. I'm not sure what species it is. Perhaps a Tomicodon species? I'm concerned that it might be a subtropical or temperate species... large size, dull colours are suggestive of this (tropical species in a given family of fish tend to be smaller and/or more brightly coloured). I'd definitely be ensuring extremely high oxygenation just in case it isn't a tropical species, because low oxygen level is what kills subtropical and temperate species
most quickly when kept indoors or too warm. DO TRY and get the Latin name (or even a better common name) from the retailer... it should be on his "list" of livestock he got from the wholesaler, sort of like a receipt.
Have you seen it feed yet? That'd be my next aim. A bamboo/satay skewer is a good length and can hold a small piece of white fish fillet or prawn.
Wave enticingly, perhaps at dusk/dawn with the tank lights out, and see if it feeds. Be sure to read here:
Thiaminase destroys vitamin B1 and is almost certainly a major reason for failure with oddball predatory fish. Good luck, Neale.>

Subject: re: Some help... (Bob, can you ID a Clingfish?)     8/29/15
<IS A Gobiesocid, but... of the 161 species on Fishbase:
and asking Google re aquarium species, ones for sale.... I can't quite make out. BobF>
re: Some help... (Bob, can you ID a Clingfish?)     8/29/15

Mr. neale,he had that clingfish 4 a year, he just said it was a clingfish and it eats algae...
<Nope, they don't; this family are all micro carnivores of some sort or another.>
I don't like these pet store that don't know anything they are sale 'in and it bothers me
<It bothers me too. Mostly pet shops expect you to do your research first.
Not necessarily a bad idea. But for some folks without the right books or access to the Internet, it's unhelpful if they can't trust their local retailer.>
and yea I do know all about the Eels and understanding of them...
I needed a cleaning crew, ill watch and pay attention 2 c what happens. From what I read which there isn't a lot about the clingfish but they was algae eaters and he is in the saltwater tank as he was reported 2 be for that year at the pet store...I don't understand when u said about him eatin raw fish with a tong, shoulda I offer him a piece then???
<This fish looked pretty big. What, 8 cm/3 inches maybe? Hard to tell in a photo. But yes, try some chopped up fish fillet or shrimp, or some frozen brine shrimps. Don't pollute the tank of course, Try a bit of something, and if it isn't eaten, remove. But you want to see him feed some time in the next couple days.>
And my tank stays at 79 degrees and all ph and all levels are good...my set up is better that what that lil guys was in at the pet store...and dude has know idea on its name...sighin like people...they shouldn't be allowed 2 have pet store. If they don't know what the hell they are doin...sorry for that but its true,I wanna open up a saltwater/freshwater shop but money is
so tight and I know I woulda make a killin and treatin the animals right and givin the people the right info and help that is 100% needed.
<Does your city/state have a fish/aquarium club? Many do; you want to join one, and find out ways you can get more practical experience and also outreach... setting up tanks in schools, old folks' homes, that sort of thing. Very rewarding and a good way to build up your skill set.>
Ooo I do have 1 book I wrote that needs sent out and 2 on the way,I am a writer and also have poems and other writings,I went 2 college for art and later 4 personal trainer and I tattoo right now...
But that's for another day and thank u so much 2 say I am already apart of what u do and the site,it means a lot to me sir thank u so much...
How did u like my saltwater tank and I 4got 2 put that one rock back...sorry abouth that but I sent u more pics of the tank right... I repsect u and what u do!!!
<Looked very nice to me! Do find one of the friendly fish forums out there... you should find sharing photos rewarding. I'm not marine expert so not really the person to chat to about this topic.>
If anytime u woulda like to talk on the phone or write ill give u my number and address
<Good luck with your new projects! Cheers, Neale.>

Fish Identification?; Skilletfish -- 01/16/10
<Hi Steve.>
I have found this little guy in the west side Mobile Bay, Al. under a rock about 6 months ago. He was about 2 inches and a yellowish color as I recall. He is now mostly brownish and about 4 inches. Attached is a couple pictures of his topside and bottom-side. He roughly looks like a Plecostomus, in shape and general appearance although a bit shorter. He does have a set of suction plates on his abdomen which he definitely knows how to use on the glass. About 6 to 8 "small barbs" or "stubby whiskers" on his chin, and the very small raised antenna
like things above the eyes.
<A Clingfish (family Gobiesocidae). Likely a Gobiesox strumosus (Skilletfish.>
He seems well behaved in my 75g reef, loves to eat, gets most of the left overs off the bottom, and rather shy, stays in the rocks, or out, but hidden.
<Has been kept and even been bred here and there, but is not a very common aquarium fish.>
You guys are very good at IDing fishes, I figured that one of you should be able to tell me what he is, or at least point me in the correct direction to get me started. Thanks, Steve
<Welcome. Marco.>

Urchin Clingfish Advice - 08/31/07 Hi Guys, <Kirsty> I got a call from my LFS asking if I would take an Urchin Clingfish from them. I had previously been researching these little fish but could not find much info, apart from females having longer snouts, that juveniles rely more on urchins, but as they grow older, they rely more on commensal shrimp eggs, burrowing bivalves, copepods etc for food, and that generally, these poor fish tend to fade away and disappear in aquarium situations. <About all I know as well... this and their association with Diadema spp> I have only had my clingfish for 5 days, but so far, have had to feed him 3 nights in a row in a bag!! I do not net him, but hold the bag under the water line and wait for him to come to the surface and then gently herd him in to the bag. He is a very friendly fellow and has even attached himself to my arm and just sat there, so I sincerely believe I am not stressing him out when I do this. I am offering him lobster eggs and frozen Cyclop, both of which he hoovers up well. <Neat!> I decided to feed him in this manner as unfortunately, I believe he was wild caught, <Assuredly> and I found out that the place that my LFS got him from tend to keep their livestock in really small holding "tanks" before they are sold on. Because of this, when I previously put food in my nano for him, even with the skimmer turned off, he would miss this food and not appear to feed. Since I have been bagging him, he also appears much more lively and "fatter" - if a clingfish can look fat! <Good technique> I am also currently trying to fashion a feeding box for him to see if I can teach him by association to enter this box to feed, and in this box, the food will not get blown away by water movement and always be visible for him to eat. Can you offer any more advice on these little fish, such as feeding and if they fare better in numbers? (I do not intend to get an urchin due to the small size of my nano and through fear of the toxin release into my tank if it died). Thanks in advance, Kirsty <What little further we have is here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/clingfishfaqs.htm  and the linked file above. Am hopeful that you will record your observations, speculations, and share them with others. Bob Fenner>
Re: Urchin Clingfish Advice 9/1/07
Hello Bob, <Kirsty> thank you so much for your reply as to my questions. <A pleasure to chat with you> Well, he was waiting for me to bag him last night when I got home, and therefore, ate well again last night! My feeding box is nearly ready to start the association training as he obviously learns very quickly, I think I will be on to a winner here! I'm going to try other food items, and am trying to source some mussels or such like, that I can leave in the tank for him to take a nibble off from time to time. Would you think this would be a good idea? <A refugium would likely be better... with a DSB, Macroalgae... for ongoing culture, supply of live food organisms> I'll definitely keep you posted as to my observations, as if this helps anyone keep these great little fish happy and alive, I'll keep writing! Should I just collect some more info and then email it across? <I encourage you to consider an actual article... Which I will gladly help you place... Do make photographs to go along with if you can> Thanks again Bob, Kirsty <Again, welcome. BobF>
Re: Urchin Clingfish Advice 9/1/07
Thank you so much again Bob. <Welcome Kirsty> I got a call from my LFS just before I left work saying they had a female urchin clingfish, and would I like to have her. Of course, I said yes as at least I feel I can keep them well fed now. I asked the caller how he knew it was a female, and he said it was because she had a shorter snout.....having read the information on WetWebMedia, I would think that this would be a male? It will be interesting to see the difference between the two, if any. Ah! a refugium! Thanks Bob, a great idea. I'll see what I can make, but don't know how feasible it will be with my type of nano due to the strange rim on it - I'll not give up on the idea anyway as its a great one! It certainly appears that this little fish notices food on surfaces much more than floating food which has really got me thinking. Thanks again Bob, I'll try and get photos and an article of sorts going - its been a long time since I did anything like that so wish me luck! Kirsty <I sense a long and distinguished "content providing" carrier potential here... BobF>
Re: Urchin Clingfish Advice 9/2/07
Hi Bob, <Kirsty> sorry, I know I said I'd keep my notes and get back to you, but just wanted to let you know about my further observations today. I'm excited, so had to share it with someone! <Well, all right!> New clingfish collected today and whilst acclimatizing in the bag, my first clingfish spotted it in the bag. Straight up to the bag, trying to get in, acting flirtatious and then changed colour! <Have seen this sort of interaction with coastal species (we live in San Diego) in tide pools...> The yellow stripes went a browny orange colour. Once the second clingfish had acclimatised enough to release from the bag, my first clingfish was dancing all around it, curving its tail upwards and constantly fanning; I do not know if this was "courting" behaviour or territorial as the other clingfish was having none of it. I also do not know if this then makes my first one appear male or not, as at the moment, apart from a obvious difference in size, (2nd one larger), it is hard for me to see any obvious difference in snout length. The second clingfish also appears much more shy; ?to do with the fact that it is the second clingfish in the tank? <Likely so...> ?or being hassled by the first? ?or just generally more stressed? <Who can say?> This one did not want to eat in the bag whilst acclimatizing. <Not surprising eh? Must be very traumatic> Secondly, my feeding box mark 2 is a success! My first clingfish spied it, nosed all around it and then swam straight in through the hole on the floor I created. It fed, then swam out again. 3 more times after this it entered the feeding box and fed. <Great> Sorry again for prematurely contacting you, but I am very excited and sincerely hope that the second clingfish will follow suit. Speak soon Bob! Kirsty <Be chatting! Bob Fenner>
Re: Urchin Clingfish Advice 9/6/07
Hi Bob, <Kirsty> hope you are well and happy? <Yes, thanks... though the coffee is too caffeinated and music too loud at the S*bucks am using the Net at currently> Sad today as I had to return the second urchin clingfish to my LFS today, but at least it had a full stomach.... My first would not stop hassling it, and was really quite aggressive, so yesterday I had to separate the two which is not easy in a nano. I made another box to keep it safe over night, and whilst it was in there I introduced some lobster eggs and shredded brine shrimp which it ate with gusto. I kept it in the box overnight and offered more food this morning which again, it ate. I had not at any point seen it take food whilst free in the tank. <Too bad you don't have another system> Ok, I know I will have a few photos to send to you re the "feeding boxes" I have prepared etc, and possibly the odd really simple diagram of how to make one, but wanted to impart a little more info on what I have observed as the more available, the more it will help people decide if these fantastic fish are for them, or if hopefully these fish will not be wild caught and maybe, hope against hope, that someone will be able to breed them. If I had more money I would dedicate a tank to these guys and learn more...if only! <Ah yes> Observations on Urchin Clingfish so far; Not stressed by human interaction Feed from surfaces - actually look and hover around food before deciding to take it. When they take food it is with a stabbing motion. So far, they do not show interest in taking food from mid water. Their mouths are uniquely shaped, overshot upper jaw, almost pointed at the tip, undershot lower jaw with an obvious gap when mouth closed - assumingly to feed from urchin pedicallariae, commensal shrimp eggs etc. (A quick in, jab and out action!). These fish, when placed in a suitable feeding box within the tank will eat to their hearts content. They learn quickly to utilise a simple feeding box, preferring to enter the box from below, and will visit this box several times a day. They will mouth different food types, but will spit out any types not preferred - as do most fish! Likes so far; lobster eggs, finely shredded brine shrimp Not sure so far; Dragon Feeds size 0.5ml, frozen Cyclops which I think is too small to be of interest? Dislikes; too early to tell Going to try; live mussels, (once I've sourced some that have not been treated and are hopefully parasite free), frozen shredded mussels and upping my pod cultures. Semi aggressive to aggressive fish. Query because of same sex? <Gots me> And query because of me having a nano and very small territory! Whilst able to observe the 2nd clingfish in its temporary box, the snout shapes were visibly similar although a definite size difference between the two was visible, assumingly down to age.... I could be wrong! I am currently trying to collect as many photos as possible of clingfish to see if I can denote any difference in snout length. So far, I have found appx 2 photos of possible males, (due to the sorter snout length?) out of appx 80 x photos. I'll send you some photos soon of my clingfish using its feeding box and let you know how cheaply I made it and out of what. Initially, I was being too complicated in my ideas and the simplest ones turned out the best. I will keep observing and keep reporting back on these wonderful fish as and when I think I've got something interesting. Sorry for being a pest, and please never ever stop what you do with WetWebMedia, you guys are a source of information and inspiration to us all, Kirsty <Not a pest... thank you for sharing. BobF>

Re: Urchin Clingfish Advice 9/12/07 Hi Bob, <Kirsty> I trust you are well and that the coffee is not too bad?! <Java this AM not too bad, thanks> Thought I'd send you a couple of pics of my urchin clingfish using box number one. Prototype number two is tidier looking and only slightly different, but going to make a third with some other changes to see how that goes. This little fish is doing great, and now when he rests on the glass I am happy to say that you can actually see where his abdomen ends and his tail starts! <Ah, yes> It was such a shame I could not keep the second, but due to lack of aquariums, (I only have one!), and space, (no room for another!), it was kinder to take him back to the LFS, otherwise I am sure my first would have eventually killed him, or, through the sheer fact of harassment, he would never have eaten. Although, as I mentioned in my previous email, I am sure this second fish would have learnt as quickly as the first to use a feeding box. If anyone has a larger tank than I have, they can be placed very inconspicuously within, and food placed in them a few times a day in order for them to feed. I've siphoned old food out through a small tube, but would recommend cleaning them thoroughly at least every few days. If you think its worth it, and will help, I will take pics of the 3rd box and submit diagrams, just tip me the nod! <Please do send along> Sorry the pics aren't clearer, and sorry you can't see the food being taken. Speak soon,
<Be chatting! BobF>

Re: Urchin Clingfish Advice, sexing and pix! 10/2/07 Hi Bob, <Kirsty> I trust you are well? <Yes my friend, thank you> Thanks so much for your correspondence and your encouragement, I will definitely have something for you to read through and help me with in the near future. <I look fwd...> I went to my LFS yesterday and they had 2 urchin clingfish in stock. I could have cried; they were so thin. Thin to the point that their abdomens were concave. I wish I could have taken them with me when I left.......I now believe I can visually tell the difference between male and female just by looking at them. I hope this is not just wishful thinking, but I believe the two at the LFS are the same sex as mine, and I believe mine is male. I have attached two photos of what I believe are the opposite sex, the female being the one with the longer snout. I've spent an age trawling through photos and the two I've attached are just a couple showing what I believe to be an obvious difference. I have many more but won't bore you with them! <I am in agreement with your assessment> Thank you again Bob, I wish I could meet you in person! <Likely someday, perhaps soon. Do consider coming out to the pet-fish conventions... "clubs of clubs"... many of us (WWM et al.) convene at these... Do you dive/SCUBA?> Hope the coffee manufacturers are being kind to you, <Or pick coffee? Heeee! An incidental/occupational hazard visiting on the Big Island for every half year. BobF> Kirsty

Re: Urchin Clingfish Advice 07/27/07 Hi Bob, <Kirsty> long time no speak! Many apologies for not being in touch for a while, things have been pretty hectic for me recently. <No worries> Re your question about if I scuba; sadly I don't. I'd love to but money stops me from being able to....well, the lack of it anyway! <Mmm, save up... "attention is narrow perception"... focus on what is more/most important. Something to shoot for in the future...> I'd love to come out to one of the conventions, but again, due to lack of funds, coming to America is not an issue. Also, who would look after my beloved little reef and of course, my two dogs?! <Oh... yes... You're in the UK... Well... one never knows> I have a week off work soon and have a small upgrade planned for my little tank. I'm planning everything thoroughly so as to try and be less stressed on the "big swap over" day. I know its going to be hard work and stressful but at the same time I'm so very much looking forward to it. <Ah, good> Back to my urchin clingfish; he's still doing great. He's still extremely healthy and well fed, and I'm still on the lookout for a female. I'm hoping that on my week off I'll be able to make some headway with the write up, and I'm pleased to say that my boyfriend announced today that he has bought a remote shutter cable release for his camera so we'll be able to get some much better pics of the fish and box etc. <Ah, very good indeed> Hope you are well and happy Bob, Kirsty <Thank you my friend. BobF>

Clingfish FAQs 7/17/06 http://www.wetwebmedia.com/clingfishfaqs.htm This is what I have found about the feeding of the Clingfish I personally feed the inhabitants of my nano tank which now includes a Yellow Striped Clingfish, Brine Shrimp and baby Brine Shrimp Environmental Biology of Fishes Publisher: Springer Netherlands ISSN: 0378-1909 (Paper) 1573-5133 (Online) DOI: 10.1007/BF00004787 Issue: Volume 34, Number 1 Date: May 1992 Pages: 95 - 101 Sexual dimorphism and food habits of the clingfish, Diademichthys lineatus, and its dependence on host sea urchin Hiroko Sakashita1 (1) Department of Marine Sciences, University of the Ryukyus, Nishihara, Okinawa, 903-01, Japan Received: 16 August 1990 Accepted: 5 March 1991 Synopsis Stomach contents of the clingfish Diademichthys lineatus, 10-56 mm standard length, revealed changes in food habits with growth and sexual differences. Soon after settlement, D. lineatus obtained food from their host sea urchin (genus Diadema) and other associated symbionts. They became less dependent on the host with growth. The juveniles ate pedicellariae and sphaeridia of the host and commensal copepods, whereas the adult fish ate burrowing bivalves in corals as well as tube feet of their host and eggs of a commensal shrimp. The young fish were transitional in their food habits. The change in food habits of the fish coincided with behavioral changes; i.e. enlargement of home ranges and less dependency on the host. The adult females, having a longer snout, ate shrimp eggs and bivalves more frequently than the adult males, which ate tube feet of the host more often than the females did. Sexual difference in food habits was apparent after the sex of the fish became identifiable by comparing snout shapes. The polygynous mating system of this species suggests that conspicuous sexual dimorphism might have developed under sexual selection. However, niche partitioning of food is also likely to be related to this sexual dimorphism. Key words Gobiesocidae - Symbiosis - Nutritional dependency on the host - Sexual dimorphism - Niche partitioning _____ The references of this article are secured to subscribers Olaf <Thank you for this. This family is becoming one of the "darlings" of the public aquarium trade. Have you seen the system/demonstration in Monterey? Bob Fenner>

Re: Clingfish FAQs 8/17/06 I still have my Clingfish and it is doing well. Once in a while I notice it picking on a hermit crab. <Yes... I suspect these fish/es eat these in the wild> I feed my nano inhabitants brine shrimp and baby brine shrimp (frozen cubes). I also raise Amphipods and Copepods in a 6 g nano. I sometimes take a few out and put them in my 24 g nano. 24 Gallon Nano Stock List: FISH Six-Line Wrasse <Keep your eye on this> Royal Gramma Basslet Court Jester Goby Yellow Stripe Clingfish Hi Fin Red Banded Goby Tail Spot Blenny INVERTS Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp Peppermint Shrimp Blue Leg Hermit Crab Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab Emerald Mithrax Crab (Mithrax sculptus) Red Mithrax Crab (Mithrax spinosissimus) Porcelain Crab other unidentified crabs (3) Marble Starfish Sand Sifting Starfish <I would remove one or both of the above... too infaunal predaceous> Micro Brittle Starfish Small Fan Worms (Tan, Striped, & Purple) Cerith Snail (Cortez & White) Astrea Conehead Snail Banded Trochus Snail (Black body and tan body) Bumble Bee Snail Pacific Nerite Snail Limpet Mexican Turbo Snail Stomatella Snails Strombus Snails Chiton (very small) Purple Lipped Mussel or clam inside a 1" hole through the live rock. Lettuce Sea Slug Majano Anemone, Anemonia majano Coral Polyps Green & Orange Pacific Green Spotted Ricordea Few Unidentified Polyps or Anemones (Discosoma bryoides (?)) Peanut Worms Reef Bristle Worms Copepods Amphipods MACROALGAE Caulerpa prolifera (large leaf) Caulerpa brachypus (small leaf) Caulerpa bikinensis (cup) Caulerpa racemosa (grape) Red Dictyota Wire Algae Green Bubble Algae Sea Lettuce Neomeris annulata Ogo Green Hair Algae <! That's a lot of life in a small volume! Bob Fenner>

Clingfish FAQs (8/17/06) 05/18/09
Hi Bob,
I have sad news, my Yellow Striped Clingfish died. It was over 2" long. I measured it, it was almost 2?" You told me to watch the Six-line Wrasse, he was fine with all residents. The Yellow Striped Clingfish seemed to not be scared of anything, even my hand. It had landed on my arm once while I was cleaning the tank. Sorta spooked me. LOL Didn't know what was on me. I am sure it died of natural causes. I fed it around the same time every day. When I would walk up to the tank it would stick its nose out of the water. I was wondering what the life expectancy is for the Clingfish in the wild, since majority seems not to last long for others aquarist. My Six-line is giant and crazy it displays all the time and it will even display at me. It gets ticked off when I have my hands in the tank and will actually go up to the glass and erect all of its fins and then nip the glass, making a clicking sound as it bites the glass. It zips through the tank until I remove my hands.
<Even more feisty than typical>
My friends can't believe how big my Six-line has gotten. It has to be over 2 3/4".
JBJ 24-gallon with Magnum H.O.T. hanging on the front filled with tube worms (Spirorbis spp. And others that look like small coco worms - Calcium tube up to 3" long) and sponges (Sycon sp.). The tank has been running since early 2004.
FISH: Six-Line Wrasse, Royal Gramma Basslet (Died a while back at full size over (3") tried, replacing but Six-line killed each newbie (2) so I stopped putting new fish in.), Court Jester Goby (Died at full size over (2.5") six months ago. Had him for a long while. Yellow Stripe Clingfish, Hi Fin Red Banded Goby (Died over a year and a half ago. Found it in its cave DOA.) Tail Spot Blenny (scaredy-cat) hides in its cave most of the time.
INVERTS: Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (taken out by Alpheus armatus after living together for almost two years. One morning Alpheus was eating the scarlet :( Scarlet was bigger than all my fish.), Peppermint Shrimp (give to one of my clients to rid glass anemones. Didn't do the job, ended up terrorizing the tank. Picked on coral polyps and other things. Trapped them and gave them to a LFS) Blue Leg Hermit Crab, Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab, Emerald Mithrax Crab (Mithrax sculptus), Red Mithrax Crab (Mithrax spinosissimus) (disappeared), Porcelain Crab (still kicking and huge other unidentified crabs (3) (all MIA) Marble Starfish (lasted for about two years then got the deteriorating issue that I have seen with a lot of star in captivity) Sand Sifting Starfish (gave to client that had more sand room) Micro Brittle Starfish (Tons - see breed often, clouding up the tank with sperm and eggs.) Small Fan Worms (Tan, Striped, & Purple) Cerith Snail (Cortez & White) (hermits took all over for the shells) Astrea Conehead Snail Banded Trochus Snail (Black body and tan body) Bumble Bee Snail, Pacific Nerite Snail, Limpet (micro limpets Max size 1/4" breed in captivity and doesn't scratch the acrylic), Mexican Turbo Snail, Stomatella Snails, Strombus Snails, Chiton (very small) (haven't seen it in over a year, but this is normal I only see it maybe once a year), Purple Lipped Mussel or clam inside a 1" hole through the live rock. (shell found cracked and on the sand empty) Lettuce Sea Slug (Elysia diomedea - still kicking had for 5 years now) Majano Anemone, Anemonia majano (they started multiplying so I Joe's Juiced them), Jewel anemones (Corynactis sp.), Colony anemones (???), Pacific Green Spotted Ricordea (over run by Green Mushrooms), Branching Green star polyps (showed up one day), Peanut Worms, Reef Bristle Worms, Copepods, Amphipods,
MACROALGAE: Caulerpa prolifera (large leaf) (took it all out), Caulerpa brachypus (small leaf) (can't get rid of it!), Caulerpa bikinensis (cup) (None left), Caulerpa racemosa (grape) (none left), Red Dictyota (something ate it.), Wire Algae (Sea slug and Mithrax crab ate it), Green Bubble Algae (still a very small amount less than a dime size), Sea Lettuce (gone), Neomeris annulata (gone Mithrax ate it), Ogo (gone), Green Hair Algae (gone),
The fish and only a few inverts were all I added everything else came in on the live rock from Bali.
PS I have a few things in one of my nano cubes that I have been raising. I am not sure what exactly they are. One is a colony anemone largest it gets is about 1/2" wide they multiply in the tank. Another looks like a Jewel Anemone from doing searches for info. Corynactis sp. This anemone is found in the shade and over hangs in my tank rarely in the open or in the light. I also have a kind of worm that has whiskers and it seems to have jaws that come out of its trachea once in a great while. These worms are extremely small and seem to feed on copepods and smaller micro-inverts. They have legs on their sides like millipedes. I have also seen them swim, it looks like a tight cork screw motion. I also have a limpet that reaches only 1/4" long and reproduces in my tank. They don't scratch the acrylic. I sent these off to one of my friend John Flynn at Pet Solutions and he has never seen any of these before. He has looked through his books and has not found anything either. How can I find out what they are?
<Mmm, among other possibilities, take good pix and send them in to WWM. Ask for LynnZ. Bob Fenner>

Clingfish questions Hey there.... <Hello to you> God this place is just heavenly!!!!!!!! A place for all keepers to familiar with for sure. I'm proud to be a "reader" here and I hope you guys are more than thrilled being the actual people behind this site. Kudos to each and every one of you. <Thank you my friend> Now.......My inquiry is in regards to my Yellow Stripe Clingfish, AKA: The Urchin Clingfish-- Diademichthys lineatus. <Ahh, an unusual species, family of fishes to be sure> I've attained him from ordering him/her from LFS in my area, and was thrilled to get him/her after doing all the reading I could about them, even though mind you, there is close to nothing regarding their care and dwelling in the home aquaria. <I have seen some really innovative exhibits... my fave the upstairs "children's" area of the Monterey Bay Aquarium where they had a tall tube tank with a button for draining the water... with the Clingfish holding on to the sides... different species of course> He is doing great, active displaying his health and not over- active displaying signs of stress. Such a truly amazing species, one I wish was made available more often as well as reported in home aquaria more often in regards to care, feeding and the likes. <Do you have this specimen housed with urchins?> Saying all of the above. To my knowledge, at feeding time, which is twice a day, I never see him/her take anything. Frozen Cyclop-eeze, PE Mysis, Spirulina Brine and I've even tried blended and mashed Cyclops, yet to my own sightings, still no feeding. <May well be eating "miscellaneous organisms" from LR, sand... during the night> I know that in the wild they will usually more often than not be found with their host, the long spine urchin....and that they will rely much as clowns seem to with their host anemone. <Yes> I've read that they can be kept without an urchin, no urchin in my tank. I've read that they will accept frozen meaty foods as mentioned above. None accepted. It has also been said they, although not too often available for purchase, do fare well in the home aquaria. <Unfortunately I have no captive experience with this species.. and Paul Mansur (who has voluntary time in public aquariums) is temporarily "out". As long as you don't think, see that the specimen is overly thin I would not be concerned> I was hoping you could lend some more information on this species, as there is NOTHING more with all of my searching and the likes, that enables me to read up more about my little buddy, Velcro! <Hee hee! Good name> He may just as well, be eating pods, isopods, amphipods and such, but nothing that I have taken notice to. I certainly didn't purchase the clingfish until I read all I could that was made available by me searching for it on the web or what was available in the libraries. I felt secure enough that I was going to house the animal in a realistic and fair fashion and so proceeded to invest in him/her. <Good for you and the planet> I would appreciate your advices and input on the feeding situation as well as some more information on the species as well. In closing my system is >29gallon all glass >1 fridmani Pseudochromis >1 yellow clown goby >1 green clown goby >1 Banggai cardinal <1 urchin/yellow stripe clingfish >1 Engineer goby (quickly outgrowing the system, catching him should prove to be stressful for both parties!!! >Numerous species of shrimp including, skunk cleaners, Sarons, L. wurdemanni, L. rathbunae, a species of anemone cleaner shrimp (unidentified thus far) >no sump and no fuge > Eheim professional 2 canister model 2028 > AquaC Remora with maxi12 and pre skimmer box > 35 pounds maybe a little over of LR > 2.5 inches of LS > 130watt PC CSL lighting, all daylights, no actinics running. > Macroalgae, "string of pearls" (unidentified). shaving brush, Caulerpa prolifera, species of Codium, two other species of red macroalgae unidentified as well although thought to be species of Gracilaria... "Tank" you for your time....I look very forward to hearing from you guys..... be well. Tank on! <I would continue the offerings and observations as you have. Bob Fenner>

The Urchin Clingfish Hi, <Hi there! Scott F. with you today!> i recently purchased the clingfish Diademichthys lineatus from liveaquaria.com. Its mouth was absolutely tiny. I did not see it eat. It flitted about my 125 gallon reef for a week or two then disappeared. <Unfortunately, this seems to be a rather common occurrence with these fishes!> I noticed on your website that it is associated with the diadema urchin. Is this a fish that should not be kept? I hate getting anything that is doomed to die in my tank. Of course, I should have researched it before I purchased it. if you have any advice regarding its care, I would consider getting another one. Otherwise, I'll pretend its a Moorish Idol and leave it in the ocean. Thanks, John Kim <Well, John, I have a friend who has purchased several of these specimens over the last few months, with similar results to yours. The fish tend to disappear over time. Based on the rather limited hobby information that I have found regarding this fish, I'd have to say that success is a rather hit-or-miss affair. According to the great reference, fishbase.org, this species does consume some copepods, zooplankton, and other benthic animals. However, this may be a specialized feeder that has difficulty making the switch to captivity. Perhaps it's association with the Diadema urchin is a clue- or a requirement for success? I suppose the best results could be achieved by housing the fish in a very well established aquarium, connected to a thriving refugium (for production of natural plankton). Even then, it's possibly a matter of luck! I'd probably defer purchasing this fish, myself- at least until it's dietary needs in captivity can be more thoroughly understood. Since you have the fish, do experiment, and be sure to document your experiences, so that you can add to the limited body of knowledge. Here is the FishBase link with information on the fish that you may find to be a good starting point: http://fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?ID=12891&genusname=Diademichthys&speciesname=lineatus Good luck! Regards, Scott F>

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