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#1 NikiP

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 09:21 PM

I love these little guys. This is a male i've had for the last year. When we move in the next few months, I want to get a larger tank so I can do an actual mangrove setup & get some more. The larger species are best kept alone unless provided with TONS of room due to their aggression. Indians stay smaller, 3-4" & can live in groups on a smaller scale (but still LOTS of room!)

Begging for food:

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Can see the jointed fins. Not to get into any arguments, but I keep thing these guys could be some sort of evolutionary link:

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These guys are MUCH harder to get to flareup then bettas! The dorsal fin is the best ID for determining species:

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Hard little worker:

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#2 LilGreenPuffer

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 09:33 PM

Very cool! I'd like to have mudskippers one day. Can we have a full-tank shot?

#3 NikiP

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 09:38 PM

I'll try to get some new pics tomorrow :) I'm always changing his tank. Been working on some ideas for another change lately.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 10:41 PM

Isn't he the cutest thing you ever saw! And that sad pouty face begging for food... priceless

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 10:50 PM

Sooooooooo cute. I always gawk at these guys at the LFS!!

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 08:49 AM

What interesting looking lil critters! *runs off to google and find out all she can about 'em*

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 11:56 AM

How cute! I loooove skippers, they are so personable.

#8 NikiP

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 06:10 PM

I redid his tank & thought i'd update with pics :)

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Edited by NikiP, 21 August 2011 - 06:11 PM.


#9 VelvetDragon

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 12:22 PM

What's your process for cleaning his tank?

#10 NikiP

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 05:29 PM

I have a small internal filter that usually sits in the corner, I just take it out for pics because it's ugly :( Creates a waterfall effect. I have the water area heated with a heat mat. His tank water gets replaced weekly, topped off as needed in between, & every few weeks I break everything down, wash the sand, & redo the setup.

I just brought home a ton of foam & have a ton of potting soil. Now I have a spare 10gal so i'm going to work on converting it to a much improved paludarium &/or riparium for him.

From my personal observations over the last year, he really prefers water not much higher then his eyes. He will dive down fully submerged for food, but 9 times of out 10 he's either up on the sand or on his rocks I keep in the deeper section of the water. They don't swim very well & are capable of drowning. On the other hand, they don't really live in stagnant water in the wild. Balancing everything can be fun!

In the future I want to do a 40g breeder or 55gal mangrove riparium for a herd of Indian mudskippers, bumblebee gobies, & land crabs.

Edited by NikiP, 22 August 2011 - 05:30 PM.


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Posted 22 August 2011 - 06:40 PM

He's great! I'd love to see some pics of the paludarium when it's finished.

Oooh, better yet, make a journal and show it step by step from the beginning!

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 09:48 PM

I just came across this really cool website about mudskippers:

http://www.mudskipper.it/Intro.html

Because I was researching this guy,

http://www.aquabid.c...i?fw

Didn't even know there are species of mudskippers that are more aquatic :puppyeyes: :puppyeyes: :puppyeyes:

If I had the money & room for another, i'd totally have that mudskipper also.




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