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Post by animalmaster6 on November 21st 2010, 2:25 pm

Hey guys!

I'm a huge fan of the site. I don't currently have a temperate aquarium but would like to do a New England Coast biotope someday. I am fascinated by temperate reefs and find them extremely interesting. I was a huge fan of Steve Weast's and Jon Olav's aquarium. They were amazing (I wish they were still up Razz).

I know a few people on the site from another forum (Jacob, Bluenassarius, Jamie, Brent, AquaticEngineer, Moto, Pufferfreak) and am glad to finally join the forum! Smile

I'm currently working on a 125 gallon mixed reef with gobies. I love gobies (if you're on the other forum you can probably tell Happy) I know a ton about gobies, even the coldwater ones, and am currently writing a huge Ultimate Goby Guide!


Happy to be on the TemperateReef Forums,
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Post by Michael Milligan on November 21st 2010, 4:39 pm

Good to have you! We certainly could use the membership! Do you happen to know if there are any gobies in the PNW? I haven't seen any, but there are THOUSANDS of thing here I haven't see yet!
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Post by animalmaster6 on November 21st 2010, 6:48 pm

Thanks nfor the warm welcoming Michael!

I don't know of many gobies in the area but I do know there are various ronquil species. They are similar gobies.

The Bay Goby, Lepidogobius lepidus, is one of the three gobies in the Bay Area.

I found this very interesting http://www.chesapeakebay.net/bfg_gobies.aspx?menuitem=14397
I bet many species like this are found in the Pacific North West.
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Post by Michael Milligan on November 21st 2010, 8:01 pm

nice site!

I caught a little black and white sculpin that I thought was a goby until I got it home. Interestingly enough, other sculpins died in a tank crash I just had, but this one is fine. It just took a couple days for him to come out after the big Marbled Sculpin was gone.
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Post by animalmaster6 on November 21st 2010, 8:18 pm

Very sorry to hear about the tank crash Sad

Sculpins are really similar to gobies in behavior and appearance. Same with triplefins and gunnels.

I really want to catch some gunnels. I've never seen one before in the wild and I really want to. I think I found a spot where gunnels are, I might be going there over Thanksgiving Break! I'll try to get some pics of them if I can catch them. I have a Canon Rebel T1i Smile
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Post by Michael Milligan on November 21st 2010, 8:35 pm

No gunnels? They are the easiest for me to find. Look at low tide but up from the water. They ride out the low tide under rocks. it's not uncommon for me to find several under the same rock.

I have a video of the tank with the sculpin in it on here. You might have seen it.

I can try to get some gunnel film for you if you like?
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Post by animalmaster6 on November 21st 2010, 8:43 pm

I haven't really looked much yet Very Happy

I gunnel video would be awesome! Thanks!

I really hope I can find a few, or even catch them (getting a 5.5g tank that I bring around with me to collect things, put them in the tank, photograph them, release them) and take some pics.

I have seen some of your videos. I love your Northern Clingfish.
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Post by animalmaster6 on November 21st 2010, 9:34 pm

I found the species that I am looking for: Pholis gunnellus The Rock Gunnel.
Here's a good PDF on them
http://njscuba.net/zzz_biology/fogm_gunnel.pdf
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Post by moto826 on November 22nd 2010, 11:59 pm

they let you in here animalmaster please tell me your tank is full my friend
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Post by moto826 on November 22nd 2010, 11:59 pm

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Post by Brent on November 23rd 2010, 7:44 pm

Welcome to the site! c:

Gunnels seem to be the only fish I'm having trouble finding. Gonna try and find some again in Spring.
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Post by Michael Milligan on November 23rd 2010, 8:09 pm

Brent wrote:Welcome to the site! c:

Gunnels seem to be the only fish I'm having trouble finding. Gonna try and find some again in Spring.

Don't look in pools. Look under rocks. Same for clingfish.
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Post by Brent on November 23rd 2010, 8:13 pm

I do; I haven't actually done much tidepooling yet. I managed to find a shanny on my last trip but my camera was inshore (it was rough and I didn't want to lose it) so no pictures.
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Post by animalmaster6 on November 23rd 2010, 8:50 pm

moto826 wrote:they let you in here animalmaster please tell me your tank is full my friend
Not here too! omg bounce Razz Pointing
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Post by animalmaster6 on November 23rd 2010, 8:53 pm

Brent wrote:Welcome to the site! c:

Gunnels seem to be the only fish I'm having trouble finding. Gonna try and find some again in Spring.
Thanks Brent!

I really hope I can get some gunnels. Might be going Friday!

I think the gunnels around here are still around, all the creatures around here are still out, just don't go in the frigid water omg
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Post by animalmaster6 on November 23rd 2010, 8:54 pm

Michael Milligan wrote:Don't look in pools. Look under rocks. Same for clingfish.
Rocks in the tidepools? Or just rocks in general? I heard the gunnels like to live in rocks around the pools.
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Post by Michael Milligan on November 23rd 2010, 9:33 pm

Rocks in general. At low tide they hide under the rocks. flip over the right rock and there could be a bunch underneath. Clingfish are best found where rocks are sitting on other rocks. When you flip a stone the clingfish say stuck!
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Post by animalmaster6 on November 23rd 2010, 9:42 pm

Thanks for the tips Michael.

Any tips for catching them? Net? Putting your hands in a cup? Trapping?
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Post by Hero on November 24th 2010, 2:10 pm

Welcome to TR animalmaster! Very Happy.

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Post by Michael Milligan on November 24th 2010, 6:16 pm

animalmaster6 wrote:Thanks for the tips Michael.

Any tips for catching them? Net? Putting your hands in a cup? Trapping?

2 HANDS! Slippery little things! lol they're easy.
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Post by animalmaster6 on November 24th 2010, 9:36 pm

Thanks Puffer!!

Haha that should be easy. I'll have a net too just in case Very Happy
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Post by animalmaster6 on November 26th 2010, 12:26 am

Well I'm not going gunnel collecting this weekend. Maybe next weekend Unsure

I am going to a fairly local ( not the greatest but still good Smile )beach tomorrow with a new specimen tank and my camera. I'll post some pics if I get anything!
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Post by animalmaster6 on December 14th 2010, 10:59 pm

I'm back, haven't gone tidepooling yet though Sad
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Post by ~ocean on August 20th 2011, 9:51 pm

Welcome animal master! Good to have a goby expert Very Happy

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