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Re: Pistol Shrimp
I bought a candy stripe pistol shrimp and a hi-fin banded goby paired at my LFS, a week later I got Clownfish and they killed the tiny hi-fin so my pistol was left with no goby. I went to my LFS and requested a bigger goby that could hold his own and they gave me a full grown yellow watchman. He was in the tank for about a week and hadn't paired up with the shrimp yet, so I up rooted the shrimps burrow (made of PVC pipe) so that is was just sitting on top of the sand, then I "herded" the goby so that he swam by it hoping that he would use it as a hiding place from me, and he did. They have been best friends ever since! They are my favorite things in the tank. I strongly recommend building a burrow from PVC, with some twists and turns, and multiple openings that you can bury in the sand. You can place it where you want with the openings facing the front of the tank. Otherwise your pair may choose a spot in the back that you cant see! You can put the burrow in the container your drip acclimating them to ensure they enter it. Then just transfer the burrow, with goby and shrimp in it, into the tank and bury it. Don't worry about leaving the doors open, the shrimp will take care of it. The pair is so awesome to watch , one door will be open one day, and then the next day its closed off with carefully stacked shells and the other is open. The goby just hangs out and looks cute, sometimes amping up his cuteness when the shrimp flings sand onto his head as he keeps watch. I have only seen the goby leave the burrow site once in months, he's dedicated.haha Good luck, you're gonna love em. ;)
30 gallon freshwater: 1 crowntail betta, 5 neon tetras
60 gallon hex saltwater: 1 banded brittle star, 1 peppermint shrimp, 2 hermit crabs, 1 turbo snail, 1 yellow watchman goby paired with a candy stripe pistol shrimp, 2 ocellaris clown fish. Bubble tip anemone, frogspawn, fungia, clove polyp.