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Name: TheBrackishDragon( haven't been on in forever)!!!!

Size/Category 5-Gallon Other

Type: Glass

Shape: Standard

List of Fish:
1 - Dragon Goby
1 - Maybe a ReedFish
2 - Bumblebee Goby

Lighting: Nothing big

Filtration: Bio wheel

Invertebrates: ghost shrimp

Other Accessories: fake plants, 3 inches of sand for him to bury in.Hoping to make the tank a 20 gallon and add whole new accessories such as multiple hiding spots,more plants, more company fish, maybe some more shrimp. The basic stuff. Hey also, sorry about my finger in the way of the pictures. I just got my camera and I can't figure out how to open the shutters. It's new so don't blame me!

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08/23/2013 10:46.45 AM
ditto !!!
havent been around either merry xmas enjoy the holiday the captain

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12/18/2011 08:39.12 AM Report This Comment
just stopping by with a hello vote! I changed my dragons substrate to sand the other day, that was a chore and a half, ugh but he's enjoying digging around and making berms and divots. I mixed part Tahitian Moon sand with just regular good clean playground sand from the local home store. Funny, it's 3.98 for a 50lb bag of regular sand, but it's 7.99 for a 5lb bag of aquarium sand...I already had about 5lbs from a previous tank so only needed that little bit more. It's mostly black again, almost can't tell there's lighter sand in there other than it now looks like crushed granite instead of just plain black. Well, hope you have a nice weekend planned!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

11/11/2011 11:01.10 AM Report This Comment
I certainly hope you had a good laugh! Being African means you ought to know a few more languages than English. Not a lot of people speak English so I often start out in English and if whoever I'm talking to doesn't understand than I'd try Afrikaans and if that don't work than its Zulu and if not Zulu than I give up. But since Zulu is related to Xhosa, Swazi and Matebele, you may just get lucky being able to understand at least some of whatever is being said. I don't know an awful lot about you so I thought I'd let you know a little about me. I'm 35, married, have a 5 yr old daughter, a cockatiel named Jingles and a snake called Jade. I've been into fish keeping for about 14 years now. I work for a computer company and my job is testing software. My interests are history, culture, archaeology and so I read tons. Sport-wise we play soccer, cricket and rugby here in S.A. American culture is something we are familiar with. Many of the programs are often screened here and sometimes they are dubbed in any 1 of our 11 official languages. I grew up watching Spiderman in SeTswana and we knew him as Rabobi. American music is also big here. But so is European music, though hip hop has taken to quite nicely in townships like Soweto. We also have our own music which is often tribal type of music. South Africa is like the US in the sense that we have people who have vastly different backgrounds and cultures. There are British, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Greek, Indians, Chinese and other cultures alongside the indigenous cultures like Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Khoi and San (bushmen). Its almost summer and the heat is picking up. Some rain would be nice. wishing you a lovely afternoon. Cheers!(which is how a lot of people say bye here)

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10/13/2011 07:46.11 AM Report This Comment
happy to hear from you! Yes, school comes first. I still take classes for things too, it never ends, my need to learn! Fish tanks are all doing great. today they will all get water changes, that should shake them up a bit haha. My new Fi8 puffer is so cute and really enjoys his new forever home. The dragon goby is just doing his dragon goby thing, they are so weird sometimes haha. He is getting bolder but have yet to try the out of my hand thing, he's still kinda skittish and after adding new fish to the tank, I'm back to square one with his weirdness. I suspect around the holidays he'll figure out I'm not out to hurt him. You'd think after almost 2 years he'd know that by now! Hope you have a good weekend planned!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

10/07/2011 09:59.58 AM Report This Comment
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09/05/2011 06:26.19 AM Report This Comment
How goes? Are you back to school? I'm getting prepped to re-do the dragon goby tank, later today we'll be working in the garage and will get all my fish boxes out and peruse what I'm in the mood for now. After the remodel, going to get some krill and start working on hand feeding as he is getting really good at coming up to the spoon at feeding time. He'll most likely scare me more than I scare him the first few times haha! Will hit the new LFS later this month and see about some life food for him too. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

09/03/2011 10:34.53 AM Report This Comment
08/29/2011 05:46.42 AM Report This Comment
Sanibonani! Kunjani Umngane wami? Mina ngikhona! Which in Zulu means Hello How are you? I'm well. I thought I'd pop in and give you some more funny South African name places:
uMgingindlovu; KwaDukuza, uMhlangeni; Emalahleni, Kokstad, Welkom, Springbok, Poffadder, Thaba Tshwane, Thaba Nchu, Maseru, Mbabane, Qunu, Langlaagte, Thohoyandou, uMlazi, Port Nolloth. Ek hoop jy het 'n goeie naweek my vriend! Tot Siens! which in Afrikaans means I hope you have a good weekend, my friend, till next time! Cheers!

Come visit me, Stokes' African Rift Valley Setup & Stoke's Discus Setup.

08/26/2011 07:12.07 AM Report This Comment
Bumblebees have been a fave of mine since I was a kid, they were my first brackish fish and I like when they perch with a pectoral fin on the side of the tank and give you 'the look' hehe. School starts here next week so my troops are off to college/trade school, which means my life will get a lot quieter for awhile. I'm still hoping to get to the new fish store but might not make it until later next month. Hopefully it will still be in business!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

08/25/2011 09:35.53 AM Report This Comment
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08/24/2011 06:25.08 AM Report This Comment
quick hello
found out a new LFS opened in town, hopefully I can get some more bumblebee gobies, they are soooo cute and yet so aggressive. My dragon goby could eat them but he ignores them (luckily!). Hoping to get another Figure 8 Puffer too, then my brackish tank will be complete...for now!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

08/20/2011 01:22.57 PM Report This Comment
08/20/2011 06:21.27 AM Report This Comment
still dig that avatar, very well done! Nice to see you back, did your fish miss you? I've been really busy, looking forward to some down time. Well, gotta make this short, did I mention I've been really busy? hehe.

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

08/17/2011 10:28.36 AM Report This Comment
08/17/2011 06:02.24 AM Report This Comment
Summer is getting hotter, I am now wishing we could bypass Aug and hit Sept. Of course, I'm not going to school this year so I can wish such a thing. All fins are great, goby is too cool and all is well here. Hope you are having a super summer.

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

07/27/2011 08:51.52 AM Report This Comment
07/27/2011 05:52.45 AM Report This Comment
Yes we have different tanks. Wishy & Merci are in the same tank together, but Nemo, Candi & Huxley are seperated. The pictures i took of Huxley was when i had a betta fish named Penelope & i split there tank, but i gave Penelope back to my friend & Huxley is living in it by himself again.(:

So sorry for not being on so much, busy busy during the summer. Hope your familys are keeping cool in this heat!


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07/22/2011 12:43.47 PM Report This Comment
How goes summer for you? it's finally going to get too hot for me today, 90's are just too much, ugh. Good thing I have lots of inside things to keep me busy. the dragon is getting better at letting me feed him, no longer dashes away and will actually come close enough to touch, though I wont' cuz he'll probably hide for a week if I do, he's such a chicken!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

07/20/2011 09:40.32 AM Report This Comment
07/20/2011 07:09.24 AM Report This Comment
My birth city is Pretoria, but I spent the first 8 years of my life in Benoni, not far from where Charlize Theron once lived. We've lived in Roodepoort and Krugersdorp since then. I live in a small township that lies on the outskirts of Krugersdorp. It is developed here, though we do not have traffic lights here if that gives you any idea of how small our town is. I also live near two game reserves, the Lion and Rhino park and Ngonyama Lion Lodge in the Krugersdorp Game Reserve. I work in Rivonia, a district of northern Johannesburg, some distance from where I live. These reserves breed lions and other large cats.
My discus apparently come from Israel, I've been told by my petstore buddy. They are superb fish, great colours and perfect roundness. They are also a lot hardier. The cichlids are bred locally. Aquaria are very popular here. There is a burgeoning industry here, though much of the water treatments and equipment are from the US, Germany, Canada and China. Otherwise today is looking like a promising day, nice to do some outdoor stuff. Take care and have a lovely weekend. Cheers! Stokes

Come visit me, Stokes' African Rift Valley Setup & Stoke's Discus Setup.

07/16/2011 12:36.53 AM Report This Comment
Been busy but here's quick vote. I'm looking forward to the day I can get my dragon into a larger tank, he'll get a 55 eventually. Well, my very busy week means that now I'm home for a bit I have many chores to catch up on. Being the mom is great but chores never end no matter how old I get, it's just not fair!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

07/15/2011 09:35.15 AM Report This Comment
Hi! thanks for dropping by again. I reside in a town west of Johannesburg called Krugersdorp in Gauteng province, South Africa. Most of former colonial British Africa and Europe use the metric system. I have a friend who worked in San Fransisco who loved visiting San Diego. Like the zoo for example, world famous!Beautiful city too. I'd checked it out on the web, pictures, wikipedia etc. Climate would probably be closest to Cape Town here. Surfers paradise. At the moment on the East Coast in places like Durban, gigantic schools of sardines are 'running'. With that there are lots of predatory fish that feed on them. A great time for the fisherman. There are also reef fish like mono angels, parrot fish and others that get caught in the frenzy, and bigger game fish like yellow fin tuna and various species of shark. Nice to make your acquaintance. Take care. Vote for you. Cheers! Stokes

Come visit me, Stokes' African Rift Valley Setup & Stoke's Discus Setup.

07/12/2011 02:47.46 AM Report This Comment
We like your setup! Stop by anytime!

Candi Apple, Wishy & Merci, Nemo, & Huxley.

Come visit me, The Betta Gang.

07/09/2011 07:19.46 PM Report This Comment
I remember my first crab eating a beloved fin, YIKES! I drop in a bit of algae wafer mainly for the ghost shrimp that have been happily surviving and even had eggs hatch and now have 9 in there after starting out with 3. Do you ever notice when the weather is getting bad your dragon changes colors? Mine gets more violet and kinda bluish, and he gets more active. Neat fish for sure. Well, hope you are enjoying your weekend, I'm about to!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

07/09/2011 07:55.52 AM Report This Comment
07/09/2011 05:58.44 AM Report This Comment
I've had my dragon about a year or so, and he gets brine shrimp, red worms and the emerald entree frozen foods, I mix a batch every week and all fish tanks get that and I drop in algae wafers and shrimp pellets about 3-4 days a week. Having 3 fish tanks to feed, I prefer to just have a nasty looking bowl of fish goop that I spoon out and the fish go nuts when they see me coming with dinner. Even the dragon who hardly sees anyway has got me dialed in. He won't even acknowledge my bf, it's pretty funny. I started keeping aquatic critters when I was 3, so been about 40 some years of it now. Started out with 2 tiny painted turtles and a goldfish I won at a carnival. Been hooked ever since. My bf had never kept fish before so this was all new to him. He doesn't do anything but watch the tanks but is very good at letting me know if he sees something not quite right with a fin. Well, enough babble, hope you are enjoying your summer break. I'm enjoying that 2 of our 3 kids are moving out this weekend. WooHoo!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

07/08/2011 10:16.28 AM Report This Comment
07/08/2011 05:40.01 AM Report This Comment
Hi Again!
I left (another) vote for You! My synos. are 4-41/2 inches in length. One is a little bigger than the other. I'm noticing that they seem to be trained! I feed them special bottom feeder pellets that I don't really want the others eating. So, I put their pellets on the flat roof of a castle decoration in the tank about three times a week while the others are busy eating Cichlid flakes. NOW, the Synos., go directly to the roof when they see my hand or this long "Straw" I made for feeding pellets! They're so smart!!! I'd never actually thought of fish as trainable! :)

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07/07/2011 04:40.22 PM Report This Comment
battle of the bumblebee sexes
have no idea their difference, never had any breed before and really, didn't care to notice if there were m/f ratios. I think it's like cory cats, the females are plumper if you look at them from above. So, how big is your dragon? Mine is only about 8-9", so he's still doing fine in the 20, though I look forward to the future upgrade. Well, have much to do and need to get it done before the sun makes it unbearable out there!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

07/07/2011 07:05.11 AM Report This Comment
07/07/2011 06:09.07 AM Report This Comment
Hope you are well! Its funny you should say that about the volume, its actually a conversion from liters and I've tried to round it up nicely and that is how I ended up with 71 gallons. It still amazes me that there are parts of the world that have not got with the program. We use the metric system and being 10 base its so much easier to work with. Anyway, I've never actually communicated with someone from San Diego before. Very recently, maybe a year or so back I had a brackwater setup. 4 Mono angels, 4 scats, 4 puffers, 2 dragon gobies, 2 bumblebee gobies (which got eaten in the first couple of days) . I didn't quite enjoy it as much as keeping discus or African cichlids. But its always nice to try out different setups. Nice of you to drop by, here is a vote and best wishes to you. Cheers! Stokes

Come visit me, Stokes' African Rift Valley Setup & Stoke's Discus Setup.

07/07/2011 03:17.34 AM Report This Comment
Thank you for stopping by!
Thank you for the 501st vote! I'm happy to give you your 21st vote!! Iwas trying to win top set up but that ship has saled. Your set look amazing! Do you just have the one dragon in there? Anyway hope to read you on the forums.

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07/05/2011 11:48.18 AM Report This Comment
Thanks for the visit and the vote. I left a vote for you too. I am so pleased that you liked my synodontis eupterus (Catfish). They absolutely fascinate me. There are 2 in my Cichlid tank. Mine are quite outgoing and can usually be seen out and about the tank doing catfish stuff. :) Stop by any time!

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07/05/2011 09:26.05 AM Report This Comment
Yup, we brackish gotta stick together, it's a small group we're in! Bumblebee gobies do sorta pair up, but I've never sexed them, (I call all my fish 'he' anyway) but in groups they will pair off on their own, as well as develop an interesting pecking order with their bulldoggish ways, and as long as there are plenty of spaces for them to claim as territory (shells, caves, etc) they will be ever so entertaining. One of my books says you can keep 20 of them in a 10 gallon! I've never gone that extreme, but as my tanks get changed around (my brackish 20 is only a temp tank, everything will get upgraded to a 55 hopefully later this year or early next) and I think I'll get about 10 or 12 for that new world. The dragon goby and the bees never bother each other, guess they know the secret goby handshake. I did notice mollies bugging all of them so got rid of the mollies, and all the ghost shrimp I've had are still breeding and going strong, thought maybe the dragon would eat them but nope, he leaves them alone. There are lots of other fins that do great in the brackish water as well, like guppies, endlers live bearers, Celebes rainbow fish (had some, really want more!), glass fish (NOT glass catfish!) freshwater flounder, empire gudgeon, purple neon tetra, diamond killifish,Black Banded Poecilia, and those creepy but cool looking Singapore Flower shrimp. Ok, those are some off my future wish list, but yea, with a bit of effort and care in adapting, there is a great variety of fins that will live longer in the saltier water. Ok, enough lecture, I've got things to do today besides sit and do more fish wish listing...try to say that 3x fast hehe.

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07/05/2011 07:17.24 AM Report This Comment
07/05/2011 06:36.14 AM Report This Comment
I took the pic of the ray at Mystic Aquarium. It's a small place, but still fun! Here is a vote!

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07/05/2011 04:46.42 AM Report This Comment
Thanks for stopping by my page. In regards to the loaches - I used to add salt to my tank and it didn't seem to bother the loaches. I don't know how much salt you put in a brackish tank but too much isn't good for loaches because they don't have scales to protect them. Whenever I used to add salt (I think it was three tablespoons for a 46 gallon tank)I would have to make sure none of them were in the way of the salt, if it dropped on them it could burn their skin. Also, if you added loaches they would eat your shrimp. Hope this helps. Leaving you a vote.

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07/04/2011 06:15.22 PM Report This Comment
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