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Goby/pistol shrimp pair question

I just picked up an established yellow prawn goby/ banded pistol shrimp pair that I've been eyeing for a couple weeks and finally just pulled the trigger and got them. The pair was previously owned by the owner of the lfs actually and was told they have been paired for 2 yrs.

Anyways I've been researching pistol shrimp care and everything I'm reading says that they need iodine to molt. But I haven't came across anything to the question of do I need to dose or will regular water changes do the job?

Next time I'm in the store I'll ask him what he did. But it's always good to have others input. Although I would assume he would know what he's doing with $500 price tags of some of his fish haha.

Other possible helpful info - All I have in my biocube 14 now is a darwin oscarillis, geometric hawkfish (very timid, smaller than the pistol shrimp and set up the live rock to get the maximum amount of "caves"), 3 unknown clams and an unknown brain coral that came on the piece of live rock I bought. For water changes I use RO/DI water with instant ocean reef mix and use seachem prime treated tap water for top off's because I found that the RO/DI water was causing swings by lowering my PH and dKH. Total amount of live rock without being able to put an exact number is minimally 35lbs between the display and fuge. Running a maxed out eshopps nano HOB overflow to a 20 gallon (spare, scratched tank) refugium that's bare bottom with live rock and cheato and returned by a magdrive 7 at 100% on one return line and a maxi-jet 900 at ~40% on the other return line. My parameters are SG - 1.025, pH - 8.1, dKH - 10, Temp - 78.1, phosphate/ammonia/nitrite all 0, nitrate just barely shows up on test to the point where I can't put a number on it, Mg+ and Ca+ test kits are in the mail on their way. Lighting is a retro fit Dimmable LED kit from RapidLED with 6 daylight and 6 blue LED's on the display and a clip on LED fixture on the fuge.

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Re: Goby/pistol shrimp pair question

Water changes should be fine to supply the iodine needs.Iodine is not often added as it is very precise as to how much.
I would look into a dkh and pH buffer and keep using the ro/di for top offs.
Chemistry And The Aquarium: Iodine in Marine Aquaria: Part I — Advanced Aquarist | Aquarist Magazine and Blog
Chemistry And The Aquarium: Iodine In Reef Tanks 2: Effects On Macroalgae Growth — Advanced Aquarist | Aquarist Magazine and Blog



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Re: Goby/pistol shrimp pair question

Very interesting article and a good read! As soon as I get done with this message I'm going to go pick up a buffer. But I'll just stick to top offs for trace elements for the time being. Taking words from one of the hundred of posts I've read, "don't dose for something unless your testing for it and can monitor." Thank you for the help!

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Re: Goby/pistol shrimp pair question

I have a pistol and a yellow watchman ., I don't dose iodine ., but I do test for it every once in a while it stays at around .005-.006.,. ., I do a w/c every two months or so. ., but if I could go back I wouldn't have got him., pain in the butt is what he is ,. grading my corals and dragging them to the front of the rock were he stays., also kills my hermits and uses there shells as a step to put more sand on top of his home., and he killed my cleaner shrimp., .,., ive had him for while ., all I hear is his pistol going off all day long ., plus I never realy get to see him., not to mention all he dose is dig., drop some of my rocks piss me off ., glass scratch .,.,. but to each his own., lol

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Re: Goby/pistol shrimp pair question

What a riot. Angelsdice. Literally?! that sounds more like a mantis shrimp. I have had a pistol and shrimp for 6 years... Very peaceful (as far as i know!) with all my hermies.. And a delight when i get to see them about twice a week. Maybe my pistol is just a sweetie.. And yours, not so much. ;)

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