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#1 BigMike

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 09:45 PM

I was recently cleaning out my turtle tank, when I spotted this fish. See, every once in a while I’ll go down to the retention pond and net some minnows for my turtles and stick em in. I don’t pay attention to the fish so I didn’t notice, but when I tried to look it up, I couldn’t find it. If anyone knows what this fish is, please tell me.

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P.S. When camouflaged, it turns almost black with vertical, thick, slightly wavy white lines, and will attack a whole turtle pellet, with it’s gills opened, like it is a predatory fish, yet it hasn’t attacked the mosquito fish. It also has a pattern similar to a bass on it’s head, and when not camouflaged, a small dark line down the length of it’s body. When scared, it hides in the rocks.


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#2 fritz

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 04:07 PM

Depends on where you live but looks like a Fat Sleeper, Dormitator maculatus, typically an estuarine species that can also live in fresh water.

 

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#3 BigMike

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Posted 01 September 2018 - 06:20 PM

Depends on where you live but looks like a Fat Sleeper, Dormitator maculatus, typically an estuarine species that can also live in fresh water.
 
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Thank you so much. That must be what that fish is, due to the fact that the pond I was referencing is connected to an estuary. This fish would be fine with tank mates right?

Oh, and I do have one more question relating to a species of fish. It looks like a species of cichlid, and I am located in Florida. The smaller ones appear to have darker stripes (like a sheepshead minnow), and a dot on the back of their dorsal fin, which is shaped like a cichlid’s (cause of alarm). I just want to know incase I need to remove them from the tank. I was confusing them with Sheepshead minnows until I got a closer look. Thanks. 52e45265c40cbfc545dd4e819cc76921.jpg


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#4 BigMike

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Posted 01 September 2018 - 10:53 PM

Discard the question about tank mates for the sleeper goby, I’ve finally found a few answers for that, but here are better picture of these “maybe-cichlids”. 695e2fb960704cda2081133a34552cee.jpg5f08ba26022e0290749f275c079b0ce5.jpg


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