My Dniester River biotope project is almost ready. Here is what I have so far: 380 Liter aquarium plus JBL 1501 CristalProfi Greenline Canister Filter. Almost everything, including sand, I got from Dniester River near my house here in Tiraspol. Here is the fish list: 5 Monkey Gobies, 2 Toad gobies, 5 unknown minnow type fish)
Sand or Monkey Goby in front of it's little cave
The light brown and green coral looking things are freshwater sponges Spongilla fluviatilis. Yes, they living colonies. I am pretty sure that they are the same species, but the green one was pulled from cleaner water and has algae inside of it.
River Sponge and Unknown River Plant from Dniester
Monkey Goby or Sand Goby ( Neogobius fluviatilis)
Monkey Goby Vs Toad Goby ))
I am not sure if anybody keeps toad gobies in an aquarium. It looks like I might be the first one. I have 2 right now. The larger one and a baby one. They very entertaining and not shy at all. After 2 days in captivity, they were already begging for food.
Toad Goby and Monkey Goby hanging out together
Toad Goby in his cave
Large Monkey Goby (Neogobius fluviatilis)
Baby Toad Goby: He is really cute
Sand Monkey Gobies
Larger Monkey Goby
Another shot of my large Toad Goby
Anyway, I plan on getting some Round Gobies ( Neogobius melanostomus) and Weather Loaches (Cobitis elongata or Cobitis taenia). All these gobies are native and legal here in Transnistria and Ukraine. However, I they are illegal in United States because they are considered invasive species. So if you are a Yank, be very careful when keeping them (Fish and Wild Life Agents don't sleep)
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