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bluespot jawfish

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Anna, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. Anna

    Anna Inactive User

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    We had this guy for about a month and a half, before he died mysteriously.  This is probably the coolest reef related picture I've ever taken though, so I thought I would share.  We still have the tailspot blenny who is a beautiful little fish, but is a bit of a bully (good thing he's small!).
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  2. Philby

    Philby Inactive User

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    Bluespot jawfish are such amazing colored fish! I'm sorry for your loss.

    I just got a tailspot blenny and he is still REALLY shy. He's been in QT for 3 days now, and rarely leaves the back right corner of the tank. He did explore one of the PVC pipes the day we got him - but since they he just sits in his corner. Luckily he's eating what little flake I can get in front of him (he won't move to far to eat so I have to drop it right in front of him). Hopefully he just needs to get used to his new surroundings. I think it will also help for him to be with other fish once he gets to the display.
     
  3. slovan

    slovan Experienced Reefkeeper

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    Sorry that you lost it. It's a beautiful fish. What are the requirements to keep one? I might try one if they're not too hard to keep.
     
  4. Guest

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    Easy to keep, afaik, but will certainly do better with a deep sand bed. They build burrows under rocks and then spent lots of time being cute and poking their head out to watch you.
     
  5. Anna

    Anna Inactive User

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    They are notorious jumpers (need something smaller than eggcrate covering the tank). They are also easily stressed from what I have read. Ours seemed to be thriving right up until we lost him. The only thing that seemed out of the ordinary is that a day before we lost him, he started swimming around the tank probably 85% of the time, rarely spending time in his burrow. He had a really cool personality (very inquisitive), and his behavior was fascinating - it was hilarious to watch him pick up a snail or crab that ventured too close to his burrow and spit it halfway across the tank! I'd definitely like to have another one at some point.
     
  6. slovan

    slovan Experienced Reefkeeper

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    Where did you find him? Local or online? I haven't been able to find one online, yet.
     
  7. Anna

    Anna Inactive User

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    I actually found him at Coralville Bay of all places. And the girl working there sold him to me for $60 (which is really quite cheap - online I usually see them for $99 to $150). I felt kind of bad when we got home and realized the going rate on them. Sometimes you can find them on the Diver's Den at liveaquaria, and if I got one again, that is where I would get it because of their great quarantine process. I have read a few different places that if a BSJF makes it over the 30 day mark you will usually be ok, and as far as I know liveaquaria holds fish for about 30 days before they send them out, and they have a 14 day guarantee too. They may be a bit more expensive from there than from other retailers, but at least you get to see the specific fish, plus the quarantine, plus the two week guarantee. If I see one on diver's den I'll let you know. /site/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/_default/emoticons/smile.gif
     
  8. Anna

    Anna Inactive User

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    Here's another picture of him, where you can see his whole body.

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  9. slovan

    slovan Experienced Reefkeeper

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    Thanks for the tip Anna. I'll have to look there more often. There's another fish or two that I wouldn't mind getting from them so it would work out well.
     
  10. RobynT

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    That is a gorgeous fish!
     
  11. IowaDiver Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Jawfish are great. The next tank I get is going to be a jawfish tank. I tried several times to keep a yellow headed jawfish alive in my tank but the other fish stressed them out. I think you really need a 5 or 6 inch sandbed for these guys, an open area so they can see all around and a very relaxed and non-aggressive fish tank.
     
  12. BigHack6900

    BigHack6900 Inactive User

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    where do you get these? and how much are they
     
  13. Anna

    Anna Inactive User

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    That'll be awesome tibbs - share pictures when you set it up!!

    Bighack - I lucked out and found mine locally, but it's the only time I've seen one around here. I think they're usually $100-150 online. You need a deep sand bed, a well covered top (holes smaller than eggcrate), and no aggressive fish (aggressive fish stress them out).
     
  14. IowaDiver Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    They've had a blue spotted jawfish at the Iowa Pets store in Des Moines. I don't know if he is still there. I think he was 150. I'm not brave enough for that. You can get yellow headed jawfish for around 20 bucks, but they are a seasonal fish. I think they are mainly available in spring/summer. They have the same behavior as the bluespot, but they aren't as colorful.
     

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