View Full Version : Have you ever paired a goby and shrimp?

01-24-2012, 09:03 PM
Have you ever paired up a goby and a shrimp in your tank?

01-24-2012, 09:23 PM
I have not... I would like too :)

01-24-2012, 09:28 PM
I paired a Watchman goby with a pistol shrimp. It was an instant bond. I bought the pistol and droped it in the tank and they found each other within a few mins.
When I had the two of them in a small tank on their own they were out all the time. The pistol fallowed my goby where ever he went, moving sand like a bulldoser.
I later moved them to a slightly larger tank that had a aggresive damsel and the goby and pistol hide all the time.

01-24-2012, 10:22 PM
shoot! i meant to put this under Polls!

mods can u move it?

01-25-2012, 02:27 AM
Yep. Bulldozer shrimp and an orange spotted watchman goby. Instant best friends and lots of fun to watch.

01-25-2012, 02:30 AM
Did it in a past tank and they were always out of sight. Cool additions for sure but I think better in smaller tanks, in big ones they just get lost.

01-25-2012, 04:58 AM
paired a pistol shrimp and wheelers watchman goby.
all it took was dropping them into the tank.
doesnt get easier than that!

01-25-2012, 06:43 AM
Got a tiger pistol and dropped in a yellow goby paired by the morning but the ywg was a chicken **** and hid all the time so I never saw them but when I moved my ywg jumped so I got a metallic shrimp goby who happened to be theonly one not hiding and who had all his fins intact needless to say he is not scared at all and there always out

01-25-2012, 08:33 AM
I still have this pair from last year. They are still going strong. I've had the shrimp for several years and the goby for over a year.



I added a 2nd high fin goby about 6 months ago as well. Shrimp and both gobies are doing well. The algae in the background is currently being mowed down by some urchins.


01-25-2012, 03:32 PM
nice pictures! wow!

Reef Puffer
01-25-2012, 03:58 PM
i have a pink spotted goby with a tiger pistol in my 33 gal. it took a bit of work to get them together. its been about 4 months now that they've been together. sometimes i dont see either of them for a week. sometimes i just see goby. then all of a sudden... there they are, all day long. that shrimp can sure move some sand! i think it was the best addition to my tank EVER! i love these guys.

01-25-2012, 04:17 PM
I have had two pairs in the past that were both mated, just setup
a new with with another pair. Not to toot my own horn but my last pair
even made the reefing news- http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2004/11/aaeditorial

What do you need to know?

01-25-2012, 04:29 PM
Its just that my pair have holed up completely since around last Thursday/Friday when i introduced the shrimp.

Just worried the goby will starve. Any thoughts?

01-25-2012, 04:49 PM
Hi, I replied to your other yellow watchmen thread, this action is perfectly normal, especially when you have a trio. They are busy building and hiding in the burrow-no concern at all!:biggrin:

01-25-2012, 05:15 PM
I have a yasha goby and candy cane pistol shrimp pair.

01-25-2012, 05:29 PM
I have had a pair for over a year now and they are always together. I got them when I had a fowlr but now that I have added corals and my sandbed is covered with chalices and zoas, the pistol shrimp is starting to drive me nuts. I wake up in the morning or get home from work to discover them burried or pulled into the shrimps burrows. I started to stick pieces of rock to try and block off the entrances to a few of the ones nearest to the chalices but it always finds a way around them, lol. :razz:

01-25-2012, 08:30 PM
I had a Randall's goby and tiger pistol pair for 3 years until the goby jumped last week. Don't worry about them being holed up, they won't starve. I rarely saw my goby take food when I fed the tank and yet he was the fattest bastard.

01-26-2012, 04:21 AM
Had a YWG with a tiger pistol for 3 years, until the goby was injured in a tank move. He recovered somewhat, but jumped after a few weeks. Sad to see the poor guy go like that.
I have since paired the same Pistol with a hi fin red banded goby. Another instant pair. Very cool, but often very frustrating, they definitely force me to keep an extra eye on the tank....but thats kinda why I got into this whole thing!

01-29-2012, 04:24 PM
Mine pair came out to say hi.


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03-23-2012, 01:46 AM
Hello all, Great photos!

I have a yellow watchman goby in a 200g and I would love to pair her with a tiger pistol shrimp. I'm pretty sure it's a her as it has a duller yellow compared to some that I have seen. She only shows her grumpy face at feeding time!

I actually saw tiger pistol shrimp for sale at Pisces here in Calgary but I didn't buy one because I have a few concerns.

- I heard pistol shrimp prey on cleaner shrimp. I have two cleaner shrimp that would rather not get eaten haha. Also there is this video of the shrimp in the wild:
Is it possible to keep them with cleaner shrimp or is that a recipe for disaster?

-I also have a crushed coral substrate, not sand. Is sand required for this shrimp?

Thanks all!

04-05-2012, 09:00 PM
I had a Randalls Goby paired with a pistol shrimp for about a year in a 10 gallon.They were best friends the second they met. The Goby jumped out one day and the pistol shrimp lived on until the relatives killed the tank while I was on holidays.