Wow. No posts in 30 days. Hopefully someone looks at this forum...
Anyway, just wondering what the consensus or even non-consensus is on the lifespan of Watchman Gobies?
I have had mine... not that long... 3 or so years? Maybe longer. I honestly have no idea at this point, but at least 3 years but not like a decade or anything really long term.
He is clearly dying tonight. Or since it is 3am he is likely to die tomorrow while I"m at work. He is fighting to stay upright and while his sides are as fat as ever, I see now that his underbelly is concave.
I bought flakes the last time because the clowns weren't getting much of the pellets before they hit the ground but I wonder now if it was to his detriment, not getting as much food landing before it just floated into the filter. I really hope I didn't slow-starve him.
I did a panic-water change becasue the salinity was low, but the clowns and corals didn't seem to mind so I doubt he really did either. I tried to hand half-force feed him, which was stupid, because he's mid-dying, but you know... panic and all. The clowns are now actively searching for the salmon they are smelling in the rocks around his hole.
So is it starvation or is it lifespan? I read a couple posts on Reef Central saying they had them living to a decade or more so I'm betting I horrifically mistreated him in feeding flakes for one bottles' duration, and he has wasted away. Oh, but one extra thing - the tank is filled, like crazy, even in "broad daylight" filled, with 'bugs' that he could have eaten but I don't know if gobies eat pods. It seems like yes, but I just don't know.