Many species of freshwater and saltwater fish can make great pets, showing lots of personality and being very engaging with their owners. However while many species show a great degree of responsiveness this pales in comparison to this small group of well trained mudskippers.
Technically a brackish species of fish, mudskippers are actually so specialized for their lifestyle that they are suitable neither for a typical saltwater or freshwater aquarium. These fish have to come out of water to breathe properly and what better way to enjoy this trait than to train them to crawl onto your hand to feed?
This is precisely what Michael Fong has done with his small group of Periopthalmus mudskippers. By laying a small trail of fish food pellets, Michael’s mudskippers eagerly hop on, greedily the pelleted foods and even display to each other from his hand. We’re unsure which species of mudskipper Michael is working with as they look pretty small at the moment, and will likely grow to about the length of his hand when mature.
I love mudskippers
Posted by Michael Fong on Monday, February 26, 2018