Advice needed with regards to getting a shrimp for a watchman goby?

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by hermie, 29 Jun 2011.

  1. hermie

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    Hi there, I am thinking of getting a shrimp for my yellow watchman goby and was wondering who has experience with this and whether they would recommend it. Some websites say you have to keep a watchman with a shrimp whilst others say its not necessary, so I wanted to ask people with personal experience. Also, what species did you get?

    I've also read that you can give them a tunnel out of pvc piping, what length and diameter would this need to be?

    I have a 1.2 meter tank and at the moment he is happily living in a cave in the rock work.
     
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  3. viper357

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    It is not necessary, but a really cool relationship to watch. Get yourself a pistolshrimp, you get various types, a Tiger Pistol Shrimp is a good one (Alpheus bellulus). No need for PVC, although, have you got any substrate in the tank? They need substrate to dig out their burrow to live in together.
     
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  4. hermie

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    Thanks Viper, I do have an aragonite substrate (8-10cm deep) but wasn't sure how deep this would need to be to allow for burrowing.
     
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    Also give bits of coral rubble and shell pieces which the use for their burroe
     
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    Sorry to hi-jack your thread Hermie, iv got the same issue in reverse :) (Id gladly give you my pistol shrimp if i could catch him)

    Can anyone recommend a goby that will POSSIBLY pair with this guy?

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    Yellow watchman goby - Cyrptocentrus cinctus :)
     
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