Native to the region of the Indo-Western Pacific Ocean. Looking somewhat like a barber shop pole, it has deep purple stripes on a slender, white body, with a yellow head. It has barb-like antenna on the top of its yellow head with an over-sized mouth and eyes that "bug out." This is a cool looking goby! In the wild, this fish is often found hovering over its burrow with a pistol shrimp safely inside. These two "pals" stick together for reasons no one has been able to fully understand. It just works. This goby is also known as an Antenna Goby, Blackray Shrimp Goby, Red Antenna Goby and High-fin Shrimp Goby.
Size: 1" to 2"
No. in Tank: one or a mated pair (with or without a pistol shrimp)
Tank: min. 10 gallons
Food: (Carnivore) Easily adapts to aquarium food. Offer a varied diet including frozen carnivore preparations, mysid shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp and occasionally, as a treat, zoo-plankton. Feed multiple times a day to ensure good health.
Adaptation: Needs fine sand to build its burrow. Does not need a pistol shrimp to survive, yet does well with one. This fish is a sand sifter; helping to keep the sandy bottom well stirred. Needs plenty of hiding places and room to swim. Must have a tight lid as this fish is a jumper. Without a lid it will jump out of the aquarium. If a mated pair, must be introduced together, else quarrels over territories will occur.
Compatibility: Perfect little fish for a mini-reef system aquarium. Tank-mates need to be peaceful.