Mystery Fish - Couldn't find it in Axelrod's Big Book

Phil1078

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Here is a bottom dwelling fish at my lps. It seems to have algae-eater or goby-like fins (the kind where they can sort of perch on something). The person said that they sometimes come in with the ghost shrimp (feeder quality). The worker said that they are pretty aggressive, once they attain a decent size. The one I took a picture of was about 1-1.5". Tell me what you think.

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Looks like some type of loach, looks similar to the gara loach I had a while back.

It could be a Homaloptera bilineata, or Somileptes gongata, its really to small to say. Or...it could be a Chinese algae eater sense you said they are aggressive when they get bigger...because Chinese algae eaters are evil when they get big most of the time unless they have a lot of room....Lol I think I confused more then I helped.
 
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I don't think it is a chinese algae eater. They have some there, and it looks rather different. Like I said, it is somewhat goby-like.
 

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*shrug* I've never really seen a goby with that kind of mouth, which is why it made me think loach.
 
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Yea, I just looked up the loach pictures. It is completely different. Thanks for the suggestions though!
 

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Your welcome, I cant really see it that well with it sitting on gravel that are nearly the same color as the fish, maybe a new picture might shed some light on it? Best of Luck.
 
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Yea, if no one figures it out, next time I go I will try for better pictures. i Phone isnt the best
 
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Hmm, the picture really isn't helping you guys. I will try to describe more of what I remember. There was so moving dorsal fin like a goby, nor did it have a goby head. I was really just indicating that the pectoral fins enabled it to kind of perch on the substrate.

I looked at the australian goby, and I do not think it looks like it. The head is much smaller.
 

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I could be way off here but I reckon that's a Central Mudminnow (Umbra Limi). If it is, it will be making regular trips to the surface to gulp air. If it's not doing that then it's not the Mudminnow.

If it's not that then I would look at either Rainbow Darter (Etheostoma Caeruleum) or a juvenille Bullhead (Cotto Gobio). I guess it's possible that it's some form of Stickleback but I think that's unlikely.
 

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It looks a little like a thing we have here in PA called a mudpuppy. Not sure exactly what it is but it looks similar. Anyways I doubt one would come in with shrimp though LOL just looks similar to what you saw.....our mudpuppies are all brown though and only freshwater stream and creek dwellers.
 

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I think Nutter hit it on the head with the darter ID. They're widespread throughout the U.S. so it wouldn't be hard to believe that they make it in to ghost shrimp shipments.
 

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could be a type of darter that hangs around the shrimp wich might entail that it also cleans the tank and other fish like the shrimp do. has anyone ever heared of the atlantic goby? it hangs with blind shrimp an gaurds their back while it digs them a home so it might have a similar relationship with the shrimp throw some in an find out.
 
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