Please help Id this fish is it some kind of Goby?

allibobs

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HI any idea's what this fish is? some kind of goby?


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navyscuba

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That is nothing close to a Goby. I can't see the mouth well but that is an Otto.
 
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allibobs

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I have otto's and he looks nothing like :-S
 

navyscuba

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I have ottos too The pics are a bit fussy. But that is no Goby.
 

bass master

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I second otto, there is a number of different species of otocinclus catfish which could explain why he looks different than your others
 

navyscuba

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Here's link with some more Ottos.
 
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allibobs

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His mouth looks kinda different to an otto, otto's have the kinda suction cup looking mouth but this little guy can shut it and kind of smile lol
 
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allibobs

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Think what i'm trying to say is he has a flush to his body mouth not a sucker looking mouth
 

navyscuba

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Well on the last pic looks like he's sucking on the glass.
 
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allibobs

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he does suck on the glass but his mouth is different to otto's
 

bass master

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from the fourth picture it does look to me like he has some kind of round sucker mouth, even if its not extended from the body, it could still be an otto, where did you get it? do you remember what it was labeled as? Better pictures would of course help, especially a close up of his underside while he's up against the glass
 

navyscuba

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Check this one out.
 
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allibobs

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He was given to me as a Goby by a local fish enthusiast whom is moving and I can't take a picture of a fish that won't stay still lol
 
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allibobs

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this so much like him but my guy is stripy
 

bass master

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not sure that's anything like your fish.... It has an upturned mouth, lives in salt water tide pools, swims throughout the water and would not rest on the glass, its clear where yours is opaque, and of course that guy lives in salt water
 
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allibobs

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Don't worry about it I will wait till the guy moves and ask him what sort of Goby it is
 

AlexW

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It's a female Stiphodon species... so yes, you were right and it is a type of goby

Here's a pic of one of my Stiphodon elegans females:

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And my male:

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They're an awesome little fish, good luck!
 

Nutter

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I agree with Alex. It's a Stiphodon Elegan, sometimes called an Emerald River Goby. It's nothing like any Oto I am aware of & I know most of their species pretty well.
 

Elodea

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Yep, looks quite a bit like one. At first I thought it was an oto but it's body is too elongated.
 
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allibobs

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AlexW said:
It's a female Stiphodon species... so yes, you were right and it is a type of goby

Here's a pic of one of my Stiphodon elegans females:

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And my male:

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They're an awesome little fish, good luck!
Thank you sooooooooooooooo much, it's an ace fish it's bonkers lol
 
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allibobs

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Nutter said:
I agree with Alex. It's a Stiphodon Elegan, sometimes called an Emerald River Goby. It's nothing like any Oto I am aware of & I know most of their species pretty well.

I have ott's and I knew "she" (thank you now I know she's a she) was nothing like them, just was struggling to explain why it was different.

She seems quite at home in my Endler tank , and appears and disappears when she wants, at first spot the goby game was quite frustrating but now I am quite happy she is ok.

What do they like to eat?
 

haji4

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I have white cheeked gobies and they are so much fun. Body is the same but the markings are different. My male is the clown. Have fun with them.
 
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allibobs

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haji4 said:
I have white cheeked gobies and they are so much fun. Body is the same but the markings are different. My male is the clown. Have fun with them.
At the moment I only have Toby the she Goby but would love a friend for her as it's such a cool little fish
 

AlexW

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allibobs said:
What do they like to eat?
Mine eat a mix of Kens food, Garlic+Paprika flake, veggie sticks and meat wafers+spirulina... they go crazy for any of that, though they're primarily an algae eater as far as I'm aware.
 

Nutter

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They are omnivours but are particularly partial to algae so a good supply of that is beneficial for them. Spirulina wafers would be a good substitue if your tank is light on algae. Other than that a good quality tropical flake food & frozen or live bloodworms & daphnia will be appreciated.
 
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