A Shrimp Tale

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  1. Paul B

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    Once upon a time (OK last year) I had this shrimp and Gobi
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    He looked lonely so the King of this section of reef (Me) went out and got him a little companion. In time, the little guy grew to where he could be friends, or maybe more than friends with the older guy. In the beginning the King was worried because the little gobi was tiny and he was afraid he would be eaten.
    The two gobies moved into the tunnel dug by their friend the pistal shrimp. and it looked like they would be happy and safe forever.
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    Then this big, mean Watchman gobi came by and evicted these two smaller gobies, moved into their home, enslaved their shrimp and they had no place to live.
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    So the King (me again) searched far and wide and found a new shrimp that had no gobi friends and he bought him.
    He put the shrimp in the six foot long tank not thinking these 3 creatures would ever meet up, but to his surprise, with in 10 minutes, the gobies found that the shrimp was living in a tube and they took up a position outside the entrance. The shrimp inched out and noticed the gobies guarding his cave and he immediately started digging a tunnel right beneath their watchful eyes.
    Now the tunnel is about an inch deep and the gobies are laying across it, protecting it and the shrimp from harm. (you can just about make out the shrimp antenna sticking out of the hole, touching the gobi) The King of this reef (yes me) believes that by tomorrow, the gobies and the new shrimp will again be safe and comfortable in their new home. And the old watchman could go and sit on a tack and rotate.
    The End. :tt2:
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  3. Paul B

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    Oh No. Now the other gobi stole the shrimp from right under the 2 gobi's noses.
    So now I ordered "another" shrimp.
    I may have to get a separate shrimp for every fish in the tank.
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    Thats how they live and react in nature, you got the privilege to see it, play of in front of your eyes. Lucky you.:)
     
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    beautiful and sad... poor goby's always losing their friend.:(
     
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    so gobies are shrimp thieves. better watch out nice story by the way
     
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    love that story :p
     
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    hehe awsome
     
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    Maybe a stupid question, Pistol shrimps how big do they get and what do they eat, will my ornamental shrimps and crabs be save with a postal shrimp. I have the same gobi.
     
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    cool story - i like story with pics
     
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    Awesome story Paul thanks for sharing...:thumbup:
     
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    Pistal shrimps get about an inch or maybe a little longer. I don't know how long that is in meters.
    Their antenna are twice as long. They are peaceful and eat anything they find, I always shoot some clams, worms or pellets into their tunnel and they come out and get it. I am not sure they will get enough to eat as they are always busy building a tunnel.
    I don't think they will hurt another shrimp.

    Last night I was cowering in bed under the covers as I heard this huge fight coming from the tank. There was water splashing, bottles breaking, chains swinging and curses flying. I was afraid to look, as I knew there was bloodshed.
    But this morning as I peered in with my little critter light, I didn't see much blood but I did notice my striped gobi, the cute one, laying in his tunnel with the shrimp, I could tell he was knocked out as he was sweating profusely. The bully was no where to be found and may have left town. I may have more information when the lights come on. If they still work.
    This is one of the bullys when he is not picking on someone smaller than he is. I am not sure if this is the guy that evicted them the second time as there are some in there that I don't even know where they came from and just crashed my tank.
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    No, this is him, I am sure of it. Now I also have to worry about that other guy. Maybe I should buy 10 shrimps
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    Brilliant Paul... You have made up my mind for me :) Those bullies ought to be taught a lesson!
     
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    I scared them just now, I put all my fishing gear in front of the tank. I showed them who's boss. :tt2:
     
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    Thank you Paul B, love the story i just made my mind up.
     
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    Amazing haha..thanx for the story I felt like a kid again.
     
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