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I will be getting a Yellow Watchman Goby this weekend. I am strongly considering getting a Pistol Shrimp to go with it, in hopes that they will buddy up. That being said. I'd like any of you that have a type of pistol to weigh in on the care and feeding, make rec's on a type of pistol. Also, any of you with a YWG and Pistol pair, please give me a little info on how you got them to buddy(if you did anything) and what to look for. Thanx.
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You are better off buying paired uo already. Not to say they won't pair up if you don't, but there is that possibly. They are like the Clownfish and Anemone, they will care for each other. Really cool thing to watch.

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I would rather buy them already paired. I'm not sure if the LFS that I'll be going to has them paired. I don't even know yet if they have any pistol shrimp. I know they have some YWG. I guess I'll just have to call them again to find out about the shrimp. I wonder what the chances are that I could get them to put them together in a tank until I get there Sunday. Then they would have a head start on pairing when I put them in my DT.
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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. ;)

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Talked to the LFS that I will be purchasing from. They have tiger pistol shrimp in with the YWGs. So, I will be definitely buying a YWG and if I see a pistol that I like, I will get one of those as well.

That being said, is there anything between now and Sunday that I could or should be doing to my tank to prepare for them? My rocks are sitting on the bottom, not on the sand. I have some places that are like caves on the sand bed. I got some Instant Ocean Reef Accelerator last night to try to replenish some of the calcium, mag, iodine, and trace elements that may have been depleted because I know shrimp need some of those. Anything else?
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Re: Pistol Shrimp

Nope. Looks like your in good shape. Try and keep Calcium over 380, preferably at 420.

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