Found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean region, usually paired up with a pistol shrimp, hanging around the fish's burrow. These two creatures have developed a symbiotic relationship that no one has been able to fully explain. What is known is that the fish brings food to the shrimp. This fish is yellowish-brown with light blue tiny spots on its head, dorsal fins and flanks, with four or five blue bars. It is a jumper and will leap out of the aquarium if it does not have a tight fitting lid or other precautionary item. This easy to care for fish is also known as a Yellow Shrimp Goby.
Size: sm. 1" to 2", med. 1 3/4" to 3"
No. in Tank: one (possibly paired with a pistol shrimp)
Tank: min. 25 gallons
Food: (Carnivore) Needs a varied diet including vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, live black worms, finely chopped seafood, frozen carnivore preparations, zoo-plankton and small bottom-dwelling invertebrates. Feed two times a day.
Adaptation: Needs hiding places, such as crevices. A mixed substrate of live sand and loose coral is required for burrow making and sand sifting. Live rock is also a good choice for its natural nutrition and as a hiding spot. A lid is mandatory, as this fish will jump out of the aquarium if left open. Acclimates well and usually quickly.
Compatibility: Does best in a natural reef with a substrate it can sift. It will not harm sessile invertebrates, but may eat smaller delicate shrimp. Best with fish that are less aggressive than itself. NO aggressive dottybacks, hawkfish or sand perch fish.