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Engineer Goby

 
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Scientific Name Pholidichthys leucotaenia


Common Names Engineer Goby, convict Worm Goby, Pacific Neon Goby, Convict Worm Blenny


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Comments The Engineer goby is a great fish for begginers and pro's alike. Its an easy to care for, friedly tankmate. If you get it young you will notice that its colors and patterns are always changing. They grow to about a foot long and Im to sure on the max gearth but mine is bigger then any that I can find in pictures online. not by to much but I think mine is a bit spoiled.He is hand fed shrimp,and brine shrimp two - three times a day. They need a sandy bottom for borrowing and such. But because of that you relly have to be careful when putting them into a tank that is not "engineer safe". As the name says they are ENGINEERS and will design a whole new bottom to your tank which (if not set up right) can sometimes cause a colapse of rock and make a mess, damaging coral,anemone,livestock etc. On the other hand If you know you are having one before setting up the tank it can really be fun. the base of all my rock is built around knowing he would be there and its great. It looks good and He has good taste.


Liked about it He is always busy building and if you know you are going to have one you can have a lot of fun with it
I like the fact that he has the long eel like body yet is so docile
They are a hardy fish


Didn't like There isnt much to dislike about this fish but I guess if you threw one into a tank and he moved all the sand until you rocks came down onto your corals and such that would be a dislike. but now that you read this and know better there wont be any dislikes.


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By NEMFAN
Jan 07, 2011
 
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Great fish

Comments I picked my engineer up about 5 years ago when he was only 3 inches long. Now he is nearly a foot long, and one happy camper. He has done great with crushed coral, and we are getting ready to move him to a larger tank with sand. As others have said, as long as you anchor your structures, you shouldn't have any problems, though I learned that the hard way. My little guy has fought off a terrible ich infestation, so I believe they are very hearty, and he eats like a horse. When I had more fish, sometimes I would need to use a feeding tube to squirt some brine shrimp into his tunnel to make sure it got down to him.


Liked about it Engineers are a fantastic docile alternative to an eel. He has gotten along with everything I had (sans one extremely aggressive Emperor). They have a certain personality and seem to take pride in the tunnels they build!


Didn't like If you don't anchor your structures, you might wake up one morning to find a catastrophe on your hands, and they might require some specialized feeding, depending on its tank mates.


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By TheNewGuy90
Jun 16, 2013
 
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very unique fish

Comments Engineer gobies are neat little fish as juveniles, but don't be fooled by their cute appearance. These fish do grow to about a foot in length, and while they don't require a lot of space (say only about 75 gallons), they do make a real mess of the tank's substrate. They like to rearrange sand under the rocks, which can have devastating affects on your tank's aquascaping.


Liked about it These are peaceful fish that are readily available and easy to acclimate, and they don't require any specific diet. They can be kept together, and some even say they do better when kept in small groups.


Didn't like This fish does require a sandy bottom, and they will make a serious mess of the substrate. If you have a lot of corals on the sandbed, or your rock is not well secured, these fish can cause big time consequences. While they do add a unique personality to the tank, they arent well suited with aggressive fish and get quite large (and eel-like in appearance).


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By crvz
May 28, 2010
 
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Thoughts on Engineer Goby

General Great beginner fish that you will not grow tired of. The morphing of its lines as it matures is breathe taking everytime my gobies came out of thier burrow me and my wife rushed to look @ thier new lines(as they mature they line on thier body change). They start small but grow quite large with in 3 months mine grew nearly 2-3 inches give or take.


Liked about it Sand shifting abilities. The "aww" experince when you see it appear. Will except any food you throw at it. Will eat pellets, krill, mysis shrimp, and chopped sea food. If you introduce they will eat it.


Didn't like No complaints great fish!


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By Dragonist
May 16, 2009
 
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The miner Goby

General This is a very attractive fish that grows fast. You will not see him much if you have deep substrate and alot of rock and coral. When he does come out it is an impressive show, he will spit out your substrate and literally move large shells and small rocks around. I have never seen mine eat and he has doubled in size in the two months that I have had him. very rarely do you see his whole body. The tunnels he creates are both neat to see but makes it difficult if you have to move anything because you are never sure where he is and you do not want to trap him under anything. The Engineer Goby has become a favorite in my tank. He is miked with a spotted Hawk, Ocellaris clown, Foxface, Spinny box puffer, Damsel's, Blue Chromis, Keyhole Angel and a Scopas Tang. Overall this is a good fish.


Liked about it Very different looking fish, Helps stir up the bottom of the tank, friendly


Didn't like Tunnels


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By Invader
May 05, 2009
 
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